Baseball Recaps: April 8
Prairie View A&M 8 Grambling State 7
PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas -The Prairie View A&M baseball team rallied to defeat Grambling 8-7 Sunday afternoon at Tankersley Field.
The Panthers (8-21 overall, 5-10 SWAC) won the final two games of the weekend over the SWAC Western Division leading Tigers (16-16, 9-6).
After Grambling took a 7-6 lead in the seventh, the Panthers rallied with two runs in the eighth. Tyler Gordon walked to lead off the inning, and advanced to second on a wild pitch. With one out, Daniel Lingua was intentionally walked before Tracy Warren singled to load the bases. With two outs, Gordon scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 7-7. Steven Williams then beat out an infield single, scoring Lingua with the winning run.
Cristian Cooper (1-1) got the win in relief, pitching the final two innings of hitless, scoreless relief, walking three and striking out three. After getting the first two outs in the ninth and a walk, Cooper struck out Nick Wheeler for the final out.
Williams, Calvin Rucker, Andrew Garcia, and Xavier Jefferson each had two hits for the Panthers. Lingua scored three times, and Williams and Rucker each had two RBI.
Grambling led 3-1 in the third before the Panthers tied the score in the home half of the third. Lingua walked to lead off the inning, and then stole second. Rucker doubled down the left field line to score Lingua. After Rucker advanced to third on a groundout, Williams' sacrifice fly scored Rucker to tie the score a 3-3.
Prairie View A&M took the lead in the fourth. Jefferson led off with a triple to right center, and scored on a single by Gordon to right field. Gordon then stole second, and with one out, advanced to third on a wild pitch. Lingua's single to right field gave the Panthers a 5-3 lead.
Courtesy: Prairie View A&M Sports Information
Alabama State 16 Alcorn State 3 (Game 1)
Alabama State 17 Alcorn State 5
LORMAN, Miss. - Alabama State exploded offensively Sunday afternoon, completing their first series sweep in Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) play with a doubleheader sweep of Alcorn State as they put up 33 runs in the two games combined.
Game One – Alabama State 16, Alcorn State 3
Alabama State (17-13, 11-4 SWAC) used 12 hits and a nine-run fourth inning to pull away from Alcorn State 16-3 in the opener. The Hornets got six innings of work from Darrius Wright (5-1) as he scattered eight hits and allowed three runs (all earned) with seven strikeouts.
The Hornets trailed Alcorn State (8-22, 3-12 SWAC) 2-1 after three innings of play before they put up the nine run inning, using seven hits in the inning to grab a 10-2 lead. Alabama State sent 14 batters to the plate in the inning, including the first three hitters reaching base and scoring to give Alabama State a 4-2 lead, before the first out was recorded.
Alabama State used another hit in the inning – by Chris Lewis – before three consecutive hitters reached by either a walk or hit by a pitch. The Hornets had eight batters reach in the inning, including Ray Hernandez and Cage Cox each picking up a pair of hits in the inning.
The Hornets added three more runs in the sixth and three in the seventh for the final margin.
In the opener, Hernandez finished 3-for-3 with four runs scored and a pair of runs batted in, while Gustavo Rios finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored and a pair of RBI. Cox finished 2-for-4 with a pair of runs and four runs batted in, while Lewis and Noel Cheneau each picked up a pair of hits.
Alabama State drew seven walks in the game to go along with their 12 hits, while five others reached base via hit by a pitch (Yamil Pagan twice).
Game Two – Alabama State 17, Alcorn State 5
Noel Cheneau and Hunter Phillips each homered, while Cheneau finished with a career-high six runs batted in for the Hornets as they set a new season high in runs. The Hornets scored six runs in the third and sixth innings for the game two victory to complete their first series sweep of the season in conference play.
Cheneau finished 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and six runs batted in, while hitting a two-run home run. Phillips finished 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and a three-run home run, while Santiago Garciafinished 2-for-4 with a pair runs batted in. Hernandez finished with a pair of hits in the win, while the Hornets drew 11 walks off of five Alcorn State pitchers.
Joseph Estrada finished game two 1-for-1 with three runs scored and a run batted in, while drawing three walks and getting hit twice in the game. Cristopher DeGuzman finished 2-for-3 with three runs scored after drawing a pair of walks.
Gage Dollar (3-2) picked up the win as he worked five innings and allowed five runs – four earned – off of nine hits, while striking out eight. Alex Castro worked the final two innings of scoreless relief for the Hornets.
Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information
Jackson State 10 Alabama A&M 7
JACKSON, Miss. – Jackson State defeated Alabama A&M 10-7, to complete the sweep of the conference series on Sunday.
The Bulldogs took the early advantage, scoring two runs in the first to take a 2-0 lead.
The Tigers answered in the bottom of the frame, scoring four runs, to take a 4-2 lead.
Jackson State scored one run in each of the next two innings, to make the score 6-2 heading to the fourth.
In the fourth, the Bulldogs stormed back, scoring four runs in the top of the inning, to even the score at 6-6.
Jackson State answered in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs, to take a three-run lead, making the score 9-6.
Each team scored one more run, but Jackson State would hang onto its lead, to secure the 10-7 victory.
Jesus Santana was two-for-four with four RBIs and one run scored to pace the Tigers in the win.
Carson McGregory was three-for-four from the plate with two RBIs for the Bulldogs in the defeat.