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Baseball Recaps: April 11

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 04/11/2018
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Nicholls 18 Alcorn State 0

THIBODAUX, La. – A non-conference meeting with Nicholls State did not go in favor of the Alcorn State University baseball program as the team fell 18-0 Wednesday night at Ben Myer Diamond at Ray E. Didier Field.

The Colonels (13-21) jumped out to a big lead early with 12 runs on seven hits and an error in the bottom of the first inning. The hosts then added runs in the second and third before posting a four-run bottom half of the fourth. Alcorn put a runner in scoring position in the top of the third as Rios Jimenez hit a one-out single to center. After McGowan flew out, Hamilton singled to right to move Rios Jimenez up to second, but the Braves (8-24) were unable to move him up as Wilson grounded out to second.

Alcorn had its best opportunity in the top of the fifth. With two down, Rios Jimenez was hit by a pitch and McGowan followed with a single to the gap in right center to put runners on the corners. The Purple and Gold couldn't capitalize though as Nicholls State escaped the inning on a strikeout looking.

Wallace Rios Jimenez and Der'Vincent Hamilton both had 2-for-3 efforts at the plate to lead the Braves offensively. Brandon Barna and A.J. Makarewicz each hit 1-for-3 and Jordan McGowan had the team's other hit as he finished 1-for-4. In the field, Barna led Alcorn with six putouts and Makarewicz contributed four with a pair of assists.

Regynold Johnson (0-2) gave up 11 runs (three earned) on six hits and five walks. The senior from South Holland, Ill. took the loss after facing 13 batters in 0.2 innings. Brandon Thomas allowed seven runs (three earned) on five hits and a base on balls in 2.2 innings of relief. Devon Key pitched the remaining 2.2 innings and allowed just one hit.

Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information

Mississippi Valley State 15 Alabama State 4

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama State gave up seven runs in the first inning and fought from behind the entire night before falling to Mississippi State in the MAX Stingfest at Montgomery's Riverwalk Stadium.

Alabama State (17-15) fell behind early to Mississippi State as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 12-0 lead before the Hornets were able to respond in front of 1,502 fans Wednesday night. The Hornets had their chances early, leaving 15 runners on base during the contest.

The Hornets were able to get on the board in the seventh as they put four runs up against the Mississippi State (18-16) bullpen. Ray Hernandez singled through the left side with two outs in the inning to get things going for Alabama State, before he was pushed to second on a Gustavo Rios single and scored on a Cage Cox double to left center for the first run of the game for Alabama State.

Rios and Cox would score on a Hunter Allen single to left, before Allen scored on a fielding error by Mississippi State. The Bulldogs were able to close the door with three runs in the top half of the eighth inning for the final margin.

Allen finished the night 3-for-5 with a pair of runs batted, while Chris Lewis finished 3-for-4. Cox and Rios each finished with a pair of hits each for the Hornets who finished the night with 14 hits.

Mississippi State had seven different players pick up multiple hits on night as they pounded out 23 hits off of three Alabama State pitchers. Ivanniel Vazquez (1-4) suffered the loss as he worked the first 3.1 innings and allowed 10 runs (only five earned) off of 14 hits. Chase Laney worked the middle 4.1 innings and allowed five runs off of nine hits, before Terrell McCall finished the game with 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.

Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information

New Orleans 7 Southern 5

BATON ROUGE, La. – Southern had as many runs as it had hits in a 7-5 loss to New Orleans on Wednesday night,

The Jaguars took the early advantage, jumping out to a 2-0 lead when SUBR got two runs with the bases loaded. One run being scored via an error by New Orleans.

New Orleans answered in the top of the second. UNO scored two runs in the frame, to even the score at 2-2.

Each team scored one run in the fourth, which was followed by New Orleans scoring four runs in the fifth, to take a 7-3 lead.

Southern scored two runs in the sixth, when Javeyan Williams hit a sacrifice fly that allowed one of the two runs to score.

The Jaguars were unable to complete the comeback however, resulting in two-run defeat.

Jackson State 6 Tougaloo College 5

JACKSON, Miss. – Jackson State narrowly held on in a 6-5 win over Tougaloo College on Wednesday
The Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead. Wesley Reyes hit a sacrifice fly with a runner on third to give JKST the 1-0 lead early.

Jackson State added another run in the third, when Reyes singled up the middle for an RBI and to make the score 2-0.

JKST added two more runs in the fifth. Lamar Briggs hit a triple to left center to drive in a run. Then, Jarvis

Warne hit a sacrifice ground out that allowed Briggs to score to make the score 4-0.

The Tigers would add two additional runs in the eighth, and then hold off a furious comeback effort by

Tougaloo in the ninth. Tougaloo scored five runs in the ninth, but wasnot able to force extra innings.

Lamar Briggs was three for four from the plate with two RBis and three runs scored to pace JKST in the win.


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