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Baseball Recaps: April 10

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Release: 04/11/2018
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Texas Southern 4 Houston Tillotson 3 (Game 1)
Texas Southern 12 Houston Tillotson 0 (Game 2)

HOUSTON, Texas – The second coming of spring to the greater Houston area brought pleasant weather and equally pleasant results for the Texas Southern University baseball team Tuesday, as the Tigers swept a doubleheader from Huston-Tillotson.

In TSU’s first non-conference home games in almost two years, the Tigers defeated their NAIA opponents by score of 4-3 and 12-0. The Tigers improved to 13-20 with the pair of the wins.

TSU pitchers Alexander Carrillo and Darius Boykins each picked up their first victories in a Tigers uniform Tuesday. A junior college transfer, Carrillo (Tucson, Ariz./Pima CC) pitched two perfect innings of relief for TSU in the opener; he struck out three HT batters.

Boykins started game two and scattered four hits over five scoreless innings while striking out two and not walking any batters. A 2017 transfer from NCAA Division II Claflin University, Boykins went 0-6 with a save last season for the Tigers.

Tuesday’s decision was the first win since April 23, 2015, for Boykins, a Houston native who attended Westbury Christian High School.

The Tigers took an early 2-0 lead in the opening game before HT eventually overtook the lead in the seventh inning. Anticipating the urgency of the situation, the Tigers immediately responded in the bottom half of the seventh as Guadencio Lucca and Christian Sanchez drew leadoff walks.

Lucca and Sanchez then moved into scoring position when Jose Camacho grounded out to third, with HT’s only play going to first base. Olajide Oloruntimilehin then tied the game with an RBI groundout to score Lucca.

It was Lucca who again ignited a rally in the bottom of the ninth as he led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch. After Sanchez popped up for the first out, Lucca stole second and third base with Camacho at the plate.

With Lucca representing the winning run on third base and a 2-0 count to Camacho, HT opted to have relief pitcher Ashton Cleveland intentionally put Camacho on board to set up a force play with Oloruntimilehin at the plate. Cleveland then induced a popup for the second out.

After almost forcing TSU’s first extra-inning game of the year, Jacob Gilbreath ended the game with a well-placed infield single that was also bobbled by the HT infield. Lucca came home with the winningrun, as Gilbreath picked up the game-winning RBI after coming into the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh.

In the second game, TSU gave Boykins a comfortable margin for error after scoring six runs on only three hits in the bottom of the second inning. HT starting pitcher Chris Luna hit three consecutive TSU hitters in the inning, two of which were potentially painful – but otherwise easy – RBIs for Kamren Dukes, and Lucca with the bases loaded.

Ryan Diaz capped the inning with a bases-loaded double that scored two runs. He finished the game with a 2-for-3 showing at the plate (his first multi-hit game of the season) and a TSU career-high three RBIs.
Dukes collected base hits in each game to stretch his hitting streak to 18 consecutive games. His game two base hit came in his last at-bat of the afternoon in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Mason Furlong and Fabio Gonzales each pitched scoreless innings of relief for the Tigers in game two. Game one starter Peyton Schneider pitched seven solid innings for TSU, striking out three batters and only giving up a single earned run.

• The games marked TSU’s first non-conference home games since a 7-6 loss to Houston Baptist on May 10, 2016.
• TSU became the third NCAA team – but only the first SWAC program – to sweep a doubleheader from 6-32 Huston-Tillotson. The Rams ended a 17-game losing streak with an 11-9 victory at Prairie View in the second game of a doubleheader last week. HT also played NCAA doubleheaders against Division II Texas A&M–International and Division III Schreiner.

Courtesy: Texas Southern Sports Information

South Alabama 18 Alabama State 7

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - After giving up five runs in the first inning, Alabama State battled back to tied the game in the fourth before South Alabama pulled away for an 18-7 run-rule victory over Alabama State.

Alabama State fell behind 7-1 before coming to the plate in the third inning when they were able to put five of their own on the board. The Hornets used a two-run single by Chris Lewis to score Gustavo Rios and Cage Cox, before Noel Cheneau delivered a three-run double to trim the lead to 7-6.

The Hornets were able to tie the game in the fourth on a Cristopher DeGuzman single to left that drove in Cox to even the score at 7-all. But that's when South Alabama erupted for seven runs off the Hornets in the fourth inning as Alabama State used three pitchers to get out of the inning.

South Alabama (18-13) used home runs from Brendan Donovan and Paul Russo to put seven runs on the board, as Donovan hit a grand slam and Russo a three-run home run for the final result.

Cheneau finished the night 2-for-4 with four runs batted in (pushing his two-game total to 10), while Cox finished 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. Lewis (2-for-3) and DeGuzman (2-for-4) were the only other Hornets to pick up multiple hits in the loss, while Joseph Estrada walked three times and Hunter Allen was hit a pair of times.

Alexander Castro (0-1) suffered the loss, working 3.2 innings out of the bullpen and giving up seven runs (six earned) on three hits with three strikeouts. He came on in relief of Channing Walker in the first, as Walker went 0.2 innings and allowed five runs – four earned – on three hits, while walking three.

Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information

Nicholls 13 Alcorn State 6

THIBODAUX, La. – After a see-saw battle through the first six-and-a-half innings, host Nicholls State used an eight-run bottom of the seventh to hand the Alcorn State University baseball program a 13-6 loss Tuesday night at Ben Myer Diamond at Ray E. Didier Field.

Kyle Jenkins hit 2-for-4 in the loss with a homerun, an RBI, two runs, and a walk. Der'Vincent Hamilton went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, a run, and a base on balls. A.J. Makarewicz also brought in two runs with a 1-for-4 effort at the plate and Hunter Wilson had a double and scored a run as he batted 1-for-5 in the DH spot.

George Osborne III (0-5) took the loss after giving up nine runs (eight earned) on nine hits and seven walks in 6.0 complete innings. The freshman lefty struck out two of the 34 batters he faced. Zachary Perez allowed four runs on three hits and as many walks while Joe Smith fanned three Colonels through 2.0 innings of relief.

The Braves (8-23) opened the scoring in the top of the first as Wallace Rios Jimenez drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third on Wilson's double down the right field line. Hamilton then singled down the left field line to plate both runners. Nicholls State would answer with a pair of its own in the bottom half of the inning. After a bunt single to second and a single through the right side put runners on the corners, the Colonels drew earned a free base to load the bases. The next batter found a hole in the left side of the Alcorn defense to put the home team on the board. The Braves turned a 4-3 double plate, but another Colonel came in to knot the game at 2-2.

Nicholls State took its first lead in the third. The leadoff batter singled to right and stole second, and then moved up to third on another single. Jenkins was able to throw out the runner trying to steal second, but another hit through the right side allowed the runner to come in. The hosts doubled their advantage with another run in the fifth as a Nicholls State reached third on a wild pitch and touched home on a groundout to first.

Alcorn responded with its biggest inning of the game in the top of the sixth. Jenkins started things off with a single to third and took second on a wild pitch. Hamilton then worked a full count and Edward Jackson juiced the bases with a single that dropped in shallow center. The Colonels allowed Brandon Barna to reach on a fielder's choice as the hosts tried to get the force out at home, but the throw was dropped by the catcher. Makarewicz then delivered a single to the gap in left center to plate another pair of Braves.

The Colonels pulled even for the second time in the game as Osborne hit a batter with bases loaded. Alcorn was able to get the next two outs to limit the damage, but the Red and Grey pulled away for good with the big eighth inning. Jenkins would hit a two-out solo shot to left in the top of the ninth, but it wasn't enough as Nicholls State recorded the final out to secure the final.

The teams will close out the two-game series with another 6 p.m. contest tomorrow night.

Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information

#3 Arkansas 7 Grambling State 6

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Grambling State University baseball team nearly pulled off a stunning upset on Tuesday night to No. 2 Arkansas as the Tigers held a three-run in the eighth inning, but the Razorbacks used a four-run eighth to cap the comeback in a 7-6 victory at Dickey Stephens Park.

Grambling State (16-17) started strong as Marshawn Taylorsingled to left and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Richard Ortiz followed with a base hit down the left field line as Taylor scored from second to give the Tigers a quick 1-0 lead.

Arkansas (24-10) finally got onto the scoreboard in the fourth as Evan Lee singled to right center and advanced to third when Heston Kjerstad reached on a base hit up the middle. Dominic Fletcher followed with an infield hit as Lee scored to tie the game at 1.

The Tigers quickly responded with a run in the top half of the fifth as Drexler Macaay singled to lead off the frame and advanced to second on a wild pitch. With two down, Ace Felder singled to center to plate Macaay and give Grambling State a 2-1 advantage.

The Razorbacks tied the game at 2 in the seventh when Carson Shaddy walked and moved all the way to third on a base hit to left by Hunter Wilson. Shaddy came in to score on a wild pitch. Hunter Wilson moved to second on a wild pitch and took third on a ground out. However, an error by Tiger relief pitcher Daniel Wilson plated Hunter Wilson to give Arkansas a 3-2 lead.

Grambling State answered in the top of the eighth as Taylor singled to second and advanced to second when Richard Ortizwas hit by a pitch. Rafael Ramirez III followed with a base hit through the right side to plate Taylor, tying the game at 3. Khaalis King, who pinched ran for Ortiz, scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Isaiah Torres. Still with two outs, Macaay delivered a two-run double as Phil Adams Jr., who pinch ran for Ramirez, and Nick Wheeler scored as the Tigers extended the lead to 6-3.

Arkansas plated four runs on four hits to give the Razorbacks a 7-6 lead.

Dominic Fletcher opened the frame with a double to right center and scored on Jordan McFarland's single to left field. Casey Martin reached on an infield hit. Shaddy walked to load the bases with no outs. After a pitching change, Ryan Evans fanned Garrett Koch, but Jax Biggers plated McFarland from third on a sacrifice fly to center. Eric Cole delivered a two-run single to right as Shaddy and Martin scored to give Arkansas the slim lead.

Inside The Numbers
* Grambling State registered six runs on eight hits, committed one error and left five on base.
* Marshawn Taylor went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI, while Drexler Macaay was 2-for-4, with two RBIs and one run scored.
* Ace Felder, Richard Ortiz, Rafael Ramirez and Nick Wheeler each had one hit.
* Elijah Saunders was one of eight pitchers who saw action on mound against the Razorbacks.
* Elijah Saunders worked two innings and scattered just one hit, walked two and fanned one.
* Kaelin Woodard, Christian Marquez, Andy Escano, Ryan Huntington, Daniel Wilson, Raul Badual (2-2), Ryan Evans,
* Raul Baduel took the loss as he was tagged four run runs on three hits, with one walk.
* Arkansas finished with seven runs on 10 hits and stranded eight baserunners.
* Dominic Fletcher paced the Razorback offense by going 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored.
* Caleb Bolden started on the hill for the Razorbacks and didn't figure into the decision.
* Caleb Bolden surrendered two runs on four hits, struck out six and walked two in five innings.
* Kole Ramage, Jackson Rutledge (3-0) and Matt Cronin (seventh save) pitched in relief.

News and Notes
* Grambling State has played two SEC ranked opponents this season (#14 LSU and #2 Arkansas).
* Arkansas came into the game ranked No. 2 and matched the highest ranked opponent the Tigers have faced in school history (No. 2 LSU in 2013 and 2015).
* The attendance for Tuesday's game was 8,470.
* The Razorbacks are 6-0 all-time in the series, and 1-0 in the matchup in North Little Rock, Ark. (2010: 19-7; 2014: 4-3, 8-0; 2016: 14-4, 3-2; 2017: 7-6).
* The last time these two teams met was in 2016 when No. 13 Arkansas defeated Grambling State, 14-4 and 3-2.
* The last time Grambling State defeated a ranked opponent was March 24, 2012 against No. 7 Rice (5-4 win).
* Marshawn Taylor was named the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Hitter of the Week and the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Hitter of the Week on Monday.
* Marshawn Taylor ranks 10th nationally in hits and 16th in hits per game; 11th toughest to strikeout and 17th in batting average.
* Grambling State came into the game having dropped its last two, while Arkansas had won four straight and remain unbeaten in the month of April.
* The Tigers has games against Louisiana-Monroe (April 17 and May 1), Alcorn State (April 24) and Northwestern State (May 8) remaining on their non-conference slate.
* Grambling State has four home games left on its schedule (three against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and one versus Louisiana-Monroe).

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information

Central Arkansas 9 Arkansas Pine Bluff 1

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Arkansas Pine Bluff suffered a 9-1 loss to Central Arkansas on Tuesday.
UAPB was outmatched from the beginning in this contest. The Golden Lions trailed by one after the second inning. UAPB allowed four more runs in the third, to fall behind 5-0.

The Golden Lions allowed four runs over the course of the next two innings, to trail 9-0 midway through the contest.

UAPB scored one run in the ninth when Ricardo Sanchez hit an RBI double, but ended up falling 9-0 to UCA.

The Golden Lions were held to just three hits in the loss.

Incarnate Word 31 Prairie View A&M 2

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Prairie View A&M fell 31-2 to Incarnate Word on Tuesday,

Trailing 4-0 heading to the third, the Panthers scored two run, one when Calvin Rucker hit an RBI single to make the score a two run game.

It would be all Incarnate Word from that point, as the Panthers did not have an answer, resulting in the defeat.

Mississippi Valley State 15 Stillman 4

ITTA BENA, Miss. – Mississippi Valley State defeated Stillman 15-4 thanks to a big fourth inning on Tuesday.
The Delta Devils started fast, scoring three runs In the first to take an early 3-0 advantage. MVSU added three more runs in the third, to make the score 6-0.

The Delta Devils had a big inning in the fourth, scoring five runs in that frame, to mke the score 11-2. MVSU added another run in the sixth, to make the score 12-2. The Delta Devils would add three more runs, ultimately winning by a score of 15-4.

Marshall Parrish and Quavante McGregory each has three RBIs in the game to pace the Delta Devils offensively in the victory.

North Alabama 10 Alabama A&M 5

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Alabama A&M fell 10-5 to North Alabama on Tuesday night, in a game whereit could not keep pace with North Alabama.

The Bulldogs fell behind in the second, allowing four runs, to trail 4-0 early on.  UNA scored another run in the fifth, to make the score 5-0.

In the bottom of the fifth, AAMU got on the board, scoring two runs, oenof which was drove in by Dalton Mitchel, to make the score 5-2.

North Alabama extended its lead in the fourth, scoring tow runs to make the score 7-2 at that point in the contest.

AAMU answered in the bottom of the frame, scoring three runs, to make the score 7-5.  Carlton Peppers tripled to right center to drive in two of the three runs.

The Bulldogs were not able to come all the way back however, as UNA scored three runs late, making to take the victory.


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