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Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information

Baseball Recaps: April 6

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Release: 04/07/2018
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Jackson State 13 Alabama A&M 2

JACKSON, Miss – Jackson State defeated Alabama A&M 13-2 on Friday night in Jackson, Miss.

Jackson State got off to a strong start, scoring three runs in the second inning.

Alabama A&M scored one run in the top of the fourth, to make the contest a two-run game at 3-1.

The Tigers added another run in the bottom of the fifth, to make the score 4-1 at that point.

The Bulldogs scored another run in the top of the sixth to make the score 4-2.

The Tigers had a big bottom of the sixth, which put the game out of reach. Jackson State scored six runs in that frame, to make the score 10-2. The Tigers would hold on to win by a score of 13-2 as three final.

Grambling State 18 Prairie View A&M 11
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas - Rafael Ramirez III tied the game with a two-run base hit in the ninth inning and the Grambling State University baseball team exploded for seven runs in the 10th as the Tigers rallied to defeat Prairie View A&M, 18-11, in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) series opener on Friday afternoon at Tankserly Field.

Grambling State (16-14 overall, 9-4 SWAC) jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the second.

With one down in the frame, Trevin Bolden was hit by a pitch and stole second. Ace Felder walked as Marshawn Taylor singled to right to plate Bolden. Felder came in to score on the play due an error.

However, the Panthers cut the deficit in the bottom of the inning to 2-1, and tied the game at 2 with one run in the third.

Grambling State answered with two runs in the fourth to grab a 4-2 advantage, but again Prairie View A&M (6-21, 3-10) battled back with one run in the fourth and took a 7-6 lead with a four-run sixth.

The Tigers plated two runs in the seventh as D'Quan Matthews scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Kristian Franklin and Taylor scored Bolden on a single.

Back came Prairie View A&M with two runs in the seventh to take a 9-8 advantage.

The Tigers tied the game at 9 with one run in the eighth, but again the Panthers answered and plated two runs in the bottom half to grab an 11-9 lead.

Grambling State rallied in the ninth as Franklin and Felder drew back-to-back walks to open the frame. With two outs and down to its final strike, Ramirez ripped a two-RBI single to center to plate Franklin and Felder as Grambling State tied the game at 11.

The Tigers exploded for seven runs on four hits in the 10th to grab an 18-11 advantage.

In the 10th inning, Isaiah Torres walked and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Garrett Smith. Khaalis King, who pinch ran for Torres, came in to score on a double by Nick Wheeler. Bo Fletcher and Felder drew back-to-back walks to load the bases and Taylor cleared them with a triple to left center. Taylor came in to score on a double by Richard Ortiz and Ramirez emptied the bases with a towering two-run shot to right to give Grambling State a commanding lead.
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Inside The Numbers
* Grambling State registered 17 runs on 16 hits, committed three errors and left 11 on base.
* Marshawn Taylor went 5-for-7, with six RBIs and two runs scored.
* Rafael Ramirez was 3-for-5, with five runs batted in and one run scored.
* Ace Felder (four runs scored) and Garrett Smith each had two hits.
* Richard Ortiz, Isaiah Torres, Nick Wheeler and Trevin Bolden (three runs scored) recorded one hit apiece.
* Raul Baduel went five innings and did not figure into the decision. He gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits, with five walks and five strikeouts.
* Daniel Wilson and Daniel Beizer pitched in relief.
* Daniel Beizer earned the win as he gave up four runs on eight hits, with three walks and a pair of strikeouts in 4.2 innings of work.
* Prairie View A&M finished with 11 runs on 16 hits, committed two errors and stranded 15 baserunners.
* Brashad Jones, Ezekiel Bear, Steven Williams, Andrew Garcia and Tyler Gordon each recorded two hits.
* Derrick Curry started on the hill for the Panthers and lasted 5.2 innings. He gave up six runs (five earned) on eight hits, with seven strikeouts and four walks.
* Lorenzo Hardit, Cristian Cooper, Darrien Williams, Kaelon Woods, Caleb Rozypal worked in relief.

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information

Texas Southern 9 Incarnate Word 8

SAN ANTONIO, Texas– The Tigers of Texas Southern University returned from a five-day hiatus with an exciting 9-8 win Friday at the University of the Incarnate Word.

Kamren Dukes went 3-for-5 – including a two-run home run during a five-run TSU fourth inning – to lead five Tigers with multiple hits as Texas Southern improved its record to 11-18. Olajide Oloruntimilehin also went 3-for-5 for the Tigers, who improved to 4-5 against Southland Conference opponents.

Seth Oliver pitched three and two-thirds innings of scoreless relief for the Tigers, striking out three batters and allowing only two hits. Chris Suarez earned his first save for the Tigers by pitching a scoreless ninth.

After a back-and-forth game over the first five innings, Suarez’ ninth-inning performance capped four consecutive innings without either team scoring. He gave up a leadoff triple to Ryan Gonzalez, but Suarez stranded him at third after inducing two groundouts and a strikeout (with a walk mixed in) to the last four hitters.

The Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead after a half-inning with back-to-back RBI singles from Oloruntimilehin and Brett Hicks, but UIW tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the first.

The hometown Cardinals were poised to take control of the game after taking a 6-3 lead with four runs in the bottom of the third inning. However, the Tigers responded with five runs of their own in their next at-bat. The inning opened with singles from Hicks and Trey LeBlanc, who then moved into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt from Ricky Urbano.

TSU trimmed the Cardinal lead to 6-5 with Keanu Van Kuren’s two-RBI single. Van Kuren did not spend much time on the bases, as Dukes knocked a home run to left-centerfield. It was Dukes’ second home run of the season – and second in a TSU win over a Southland opponent. Dukes also homered in TSU’s 8-6 win at Abilene Christian earlier this season.

The Tigers capped the scoring in the fourth with an RBI groundout from Christian Sanchez that scored Gaudencio Lucca. Jose Camacho added an RBI in the third inning that scored Dukes.

TSU got what turned out to be the game-winning run when Oloruntimilehin scored from second base on a fifth-inning error by UIW catcher Tyler Pettit.

Starting pitcher Michael Villanueva pitched four and one-third innings for Tigers. TSU has won three of the last four games he has started.

Courtesy: Texas Southern Sports Information

Arkansas Pine Bluff 8 Southern 7

BATON ROUGE, La. – In a high scoring affair, Arkansas Pine Bluff defeated Southern, 8-7 in conference play on Friday.

Southern took the early lead, when a hit by John pope caused a fielding error which allowed a run to score and make the score 1-0.

The Golden Lions tied the game in the top of the fourth, when Serg Esparza hit an RBI single to tie the score at 1-1.

Southern added two runs in the bottom of the fourth, when Michael Wright hit a two RBI single to make the score 3-1.

Southern added two more runs, scoring one run in each of the next two innings to make the score 5-1.

Arkansas Pine Bluff came back in the seventh, scoring three runs in that frame. The Golden Lions also added four more runs in the top of the eighth, to make the score 8-4 at that point.

Southern would score two runs in the bottom of the eighth, but the Jaguars comeback effort fells hort, falling to the Golden Lions 8-7.

Esparza was 0ne-for-four from the plate for the Golden Lions in the win.

Wright went four-for-five from the plate for the Jaguars in the loss.


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