Baseball Recaps: April 7
Alabama State 6 Alcorn State 5
LORMAN, Miss. - LORMAN, Miss. | Nearly 24 hours after throwing the first pitch in the series opener, Alabama State was down to their last strike twice in the ninth inning before they delivered and defeated Alcorn State 6-5 in 11 innings in Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) play Saturday night at McGowan Stadium.
Alabama State (15-13, 9-4 SWAC) trailed 5-2 heading into the top of the ninth inning before Gustavo Rios led off the inning with a double down the right field line. He was lifted for pinch runner Joshua Dunson who came around to score on a Hunter Allen double to trim the deficit to 5-3.
That's when Alabama State had to battle to stay in the game.
Yamil Pagan grounded a ball to short that was mishandled by Brentley Martina, and allowed the senior to reach and pushed Allen to third with two outs. Hunter Phillips came on in a pinch hitting role and was down to his last strike before he drove a ball through the right side that scored Allen and Pagan all the way from first to tie the game at 5-all.
Alcorn State had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the 10th innings with the bases loaded and one out, but Terrell McCall (1-2) was able to work his way out of jam with a strikeout and a groundout to send the game to the 11th inning. In the top half of the 11th inning, Cage Cox reached on a leadoff walk before going to second when Allen got down a sacrifice bunt with two strikes. The sophomore would advance to third on a walk pitch, and then score on another to give Alabama State a 6-5 lead.
McCall struck out the side looking in the bottom half of the frame to finish off the comeback victory. The junior finished off the game, working three innings of scoreless relief, replacing Chase Laney who started the day in the sixth and worked three innings and allowed three runs off of six hits.
The game was halted at 8:10 pm Friday night, and in real time went just over 24 hours as the two teams spent nearly four hours on the field.
Alcorn State scored first in the bottom half of the first inning (on Friday) on a sacrifice fly by Hunter Wilson, before Alabama State answered with a run in the top of the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Yamil Pagan.
The Hornets took a 2-1 lead in the top half of the third inning after Joseph Estrada and Noel Cheneaureached base to lead off the inning. Cheneau would later score on a balk to give the Hornets the lead. Alcorn State tied the contest up in the bottom of the fourth inning on an RBI single by Brendly Martina.
The score stayed the way until the storms rolled in during the bottom half of the sixth inning. Before the delay, Alabama State starter Dalton Wilder had retired 10 consecutive batters until the Braves tied the game up in the fourth.
Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information
Prairie View A&M 12 Grambling State 2
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas - Tyler Laux had a dominant performance on the mound, and Steven Williams homered for the second straight game as Prairie View A&M beat Grambling 12-2 in eight innings Saturday at cold, blustery Tankersley Field.
Laux went the distance, allowing only five hits and two unearned runs, walking one and striking out three. He did not allow a run in the final six innings and sat down the final eight Grambling hitters he faced.
Williams went 2-for-3 at the plate, and his eighth inning walkoff homer ended the game.
Trailing 2-0, the Panthers (7-21, 4-10) scored four runs in the third to take the lead for good. With one out, Kaylor Lewisand Tyler Gordon each walked, and Corbin Jamison was hit by a pitch to load the bases. With two out, Calvin Ruckersingled to right field, scoring Lewis as Gordon scored on a fielding error, advancing both runners to tie the score at 2-2. Jamison then scored on a passed ball to take the lead for good, and Rucker scored on an error for a 4-2 PVAMU lead.
The Panthers added two runs in the fourth. Williams led off the inning with a walk, and advanced to third on a throwing error. Following a walk to Brashad Jones, who later stole second base, both players advanced on a passed ball as Williams scored. Xavier Jefferson walked, and, after Lewis reached on a fielders' choice grounder, Gordon's single to right scored Jefferson for a 6-2 lead.
Prairie View A&M broke the game open in the sixth. With one out following a singled by Gordon, Jamison walked. Tracy Warren then tripled down the right field line scoring both runners. Following a walk to Rucker, Ezekiel Bear reached on an error, scoring Warren. Williams then singled to left field, scoring Rucker and Bear for an 11-2 lead.
Courtesy: Prairie View A&M Sports Information
Incarnate Word 10 Texas Southern 1
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Incarnate Word evened its three-game weekend baseball series with Texas Southern after defeating the visiting Tigers 10-1 Saturday afternoon.
Jose Camacho's RBI double in the top of the seventh inning that scored Gaudencio Lucca provided the Tigers' only run in the game. Lucca led the TSU bats by going 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, which pushed his season batting average to .362.
The Tigers fell to 11-19 with the loss, and are now 4-6 against Southland Conference opponents. They defeated Incarnate Word 9-8 on Friday. Incarnate Word improved its record to 20-12.
Aaron Solis started and took the loss for the Tigers, giving up seven runs over four innings. It was only his second loss of the season, as his record now stands at 5-2. UIW's Luke McTaggart pitched a complete game for the Cardinals.
Mason Furlong (pictured) pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Tigers, striking out two batters and walking one while not giving up a hit. Daniel Vasquez pitched two innings for TSU, and gave up only an unearned run while striking out one batter.
Leadoff hitter Kamren Dukes went 1-for-4 for TSU, getting an infield single in his final at-bat of the day in the eighth inning. In doing so, Dukes has now hit in 15 consecutive games, and 27 of TSU's 30 contests this season; he has also reached base safely in 22 consecutive games for the Tigers.
Courtesy: Texas Southern Sports Information