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Baseball Recaps: February 17

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Release: 02/17/2018
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Arkansas Pine Bluff 5, Grambling State 4

NEW ORLEANS, La. - Kristian Franklin doubled to bring home Phil Adams, Jr. in the bottom of the eighth inning, tying the game at 4, but Arkansas-Pine Bluff got a run in the top of the ninth and picked up a 5-4 victory on the second day of the  Andre Dawson Classic at Maestri Stadium.

Grambling State (0-2) fell behind, 1-0, in the top of the first, but rallied with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame to grab a 2-1 advantage 

With one down in the first, D’Quan Matthews was hit by a pitch with one out and stole second. Richard Ortiz homered to left to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.\

Arkansas-Pine Bluff (1-1) tied the game in the third, but Grambling State picked up a run in the bottom of the fourth to take a 3-2 lead.

The Golden Lions took a 4-3 lead with a pair of runs on two hits in the sixth, but the Tigers answered with a run in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game at 4.

However, in the ninth with two outs, Owen Young singled to left center and came all the way in to score the go-ahead run on a double by Jarficur Parker.

Grambling State went down in order in the bottom of the frame as the Tigers dropped their second consecutive game.

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information

Alcorn State 8, Prairie View A&M 4

NEW ORLEANS – Down 4-0 for the second game in a row, the Alcorn State University baseball program fought back with a four-run fifth inning and added runs in the sixth and eighth to secure an 8-4 come-from-behind win over Prairie View A&M Saturday at the University of New Orleans' Maestri Field. The game marked Alcorn's second in the Andre Dawson Classic.

Senior Kirt Cormier went 4-for-5 in the DH spot and finished with a double, a homerun, three RBIs, and two runs scored. Senior A.J. Makarewicz hit 2-for-4 with a double and a pair of RBIs, and redshirt-sophomore catcher Kyle Jenkins finished 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, and two RBIs.

Junior pitcher Joe Smith tossed 4.0 innings of relief to pick up the win. The Jackson, Miss. native allowed one hit and walked two with a strikeout. Senior Razedrick Winters earned the save with 1.2 innings of work.

With the victory, Alcorn starts its season 2-0 for the first time since 2009

PVAMU (0-2) took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. With one out, the Panthers singled to right and added a second runner on a hit by pitch. Following a fly out for the second out, a single to left field scored the runner from second. Alcorn had an opportunity to answer in the bottom of the second as junior Hunter Wilson drew a leadoff walk and Jenkins doubled on a line drive to center, but the defense settled down and the visitors on the scoreboard escaped the threat.

The Panthers added to their lead with a pair of runs in the third. Daniel Lingua scored Tyler Gordon from first with a ground-ball single to right, then moved up to second on a Brandon Barna fielding error. Lingua got to third on a groundout and woud then reach home on a wild pitch. The Braves ended the damage as Jenkins threw out a Panther baserunner trying to steal second.

The visitors loaded the bases in the fourth, forcing a Braves pitching change to Smith. After walking in a run, the Braves turned a double play to limit the damage. In the bottom half of the inning, Wilson reached on a fielding error and Jenkins reached on a base on balls, but a pop out and a groundout stranded the pair.

Alcorn finally got going in the bottom of the fifth as senior Nicholas Hayes-Saltare hit a leadoff single to left. He would move to second on a wild pitch and Makarewicz hit a liner to right to put runners on the corners. A Cormier single brought in Hayes-Saltare and senior Der'Vincent Hamilton walked to load the bases. After a PVAMU mound visit, a Wilson sacrifice fly cut the Panther lead in half. Jenkins then chased Prairie View starter Tyler Laux out of the game with a two-out double and Alcorn pulled even at 4-4

The Braves took over the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs and senior Carlos Rios Jimenez on first, Makarewicz doubled to center. Cormier then singled to right and advanced to second on a hit by Hamilton. The Panthers then escaped the inning as Wilson flew out to center.

In the eighth, Prairie View got a runner on third as Steven Williams doubled and advanced on a fly ball to center, but Winters took over for Smith and retired the next two batters. Alcorn added another two runs as a Makarewicz fly out to right scored Hayes-Saltare from third and Cormier followed with a solo shot to right. Winters then struck out the side in the top of the ninth to seal the victory.

The Braves conclude the Classic tomorrow with a 3 p.m. game against Grambling State at the New Orleans Major League Baseball Youth Academy.

Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information

UIC 9, Southern 5

NEW ORLEANS, La. - Southern fell to Illinois-Chicago, 9-5 on Saturday in its third game of the Andre Dawson Classic.

The Jaguars (1-2), Southern got on the board in the third inning, when Tyler LaPorte hit a sacrifice fly to drive In a run to give the Jaguars an early 1-0 lead.

Southern added another run in the fourth, when Zavire Moore hit a sacrifice bunt with a runner on third that allowed the runnerto score and extend SUBR’s advantage to 2-1.

The Jaguars took a 5-1 lead late in the eighth inning, SUBR scored two runs, one on a walk and one on a wild pitch with the bases loaded to take a 5-1 lead going into the ninth inning.

In the ninth, Southern let the game get away, allowing eight runs, resulting In the 9-5 loss.

Daniel Frankling tossed seven innings for the Jaguars allowing one run on seven hits in the loss.

Moore led the Jaguars offensively, going one-for-two with two RBIs.

Alabama State 6, New Orleans 3

NEW ORLEANS, La. - One night after scoring most of the their runs in the final three innings, Alabama State used more late-inning heroics to overcome a deficit in day two of the Andre Dawson Classic and defeat New Orleans 6-3.


Alabama State (2-0) trailed much of the game until they were able to tie it up in the fourth inning on a Cage Cox sacrifice fly to tie the game at 1-all. The game stayed that way until seventh when Alabama State out together a four-run inning to grab a big lead – all with two outs in the inning.


Gustavo Rios led off the inning with a nine-pitch walk, and with two outs advanced to second after a walk to Nate Gerard. He would come around to score on a wild pitch that give the Hornets the 2-1 lead and send pinch runner AJ Gardner to third. Gardner would score on a two-strike single by Joshua Dunson up the middle for the 3-1 lead. The Hornets would continue to add to the lead as Joseph Estrada singled through the right side to score Dunson, and Yamil Pagan finished off the inning with an RBI single for the 5-1.


After New Orleans trimmed the lead to 5-3 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth, Alabama State got an insurance run in the ninth on an RBI triple off the bat of Estrada.


Alabama State collected eight hits on the night, including a trio of players with two hits each in Estrada, Pagan and Dunson.


Darrius Wright (1-0) picked up the win in his collegiate debut, going six innings and allowing just one run off of three hits with four strikeouts. Chase Laney picked up his first save of the season working the final scoreless inning. Terrell McCall came out of the bullpen in his new role this season, and went two innings and allowed two runs – both unearned – off of three hits with three strikeouts.


Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information