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Baseball Recaps: February 18

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Release: 02/19/2018
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Fort Wayne 7, Alabama A&M 4 (Game 1)

Alabama A&M 5, Fort Wayne 2 (Game 2)

HUNTSVILLE ---- Alabama A&M University baseball team closed the weekend with an impressive split of a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon against Fort Wayne.  After dropping a nine inning match, 7-4, in game one, the Bulldogs defeated the Mastodons, 5-2 in game two.

• Alabama A&M moved to 2-1 on the year.
• Fort Wayne improved to 1-1.

• After a scoreless first and second inning, Fort Wayne struck first with four runs on four hits in the top of the third. A single to center field allowed Carson McGregory to score Johnathan Smith II put the Bulldogs on the board.
• Neither team plated a run in the fourth, however Alabama A&M scored in the bottom of the fifth inning on a single from McGregory that plated JT O'Reel followed by a sacrifice fly from Carlton Peppers to plate Smith in the bottom of the seventh.
• Fort Wayne responded with three runs on three hits in the bottom of the eighth inning to take a 7-3 lead.
• With the bases loaded, O'Reel singled in the bottom of the eighth to score Parker, but it wasn't enough as the Dons' grabbed the 7-4 victory in game one.

• Neither team had a chance to score in the first frame, but Fort Wayne plated its first run in the top of the second off a Alabama A&M error. Both teams were scoreless in the third before another Bulldogs error allowed Fort Wayne to score and go ahead 2-0.  
• Alabama A&M responded with two runs of their own in the home half of the inning to tie the game at two. Jesus Diaz singled to shortstop to score Richard Polinsky followed by Pepper's run from a pass ball.  
• The Bulldogs plated an additional run in the fourth, and two in the fifth to secure the 5-2 victory.

• The Bulldogs outhit Fort Wayne 15-11 in game one and they slightly led the Don's in hits, 6-4, in game two.

Courtesy: Alabama A&M Sports Information

Grambling State 6, Alcorn State 5

NEW ORLEANS, La. | Richard Ortiz and Trevin Bolden each drove in a pair as the Grambling State University baseball team held off a late rally by Alcorn State to pick up its first victory of the season with a 6-5 win on Sunday to conclude play in the Andre Dawson Classic at Wesley Barrow Stadium.

Alcorn State (2-1) picked up a run in the top of the first, but that lead would be short lived as Grambling State (1-2) erupted for three runs in the bottom of the frame on two hits to grab a 3-1 advantage.

Marshawn Taylor opened the frame with a walk and advanced to second when D’Quan Matthews drew a base on balls. Ortiz followed with a base hit to center to plate Taylor as Matthews went from first to third on the play. Bolden continued the offensive onslaught with a double down the line in right as Matthews scored and Ortiz stopped at third. Isaiah Torres grounded into a double play at Ortiz scored to give Grambling State a 3-1 lead.

The Braves tied the game at 3 with a pair of runs in the third, but again the Tigers answered and plated one run in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-3 advantage into the fourth.

Grambling State picked up one run in the fourth and one in the seventh to take a 6-3 lead into the top of the ninth.

However, Alcorn State made things interesting as the Braves plated two and left the tying run stranded in scoring position.

Der’Vincent Hamilton doubled to center and Hunter Wilson walked to begin the ninth. After Christian Marquez was lifted for Daniel Beizer, Kyle Jenkins drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. Brandon Barna followed with groundout as Wilbert Malphus, who pinch ran for Hamilton scored. Justin Barna brought in Devin Walden, who pinch ran for Wilson, on a sacrifice fly to center for the second out. Nicholas Hayes-Saltare struck out swinging to end the game, giving Grambling State its first win.

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information

Arkansas Pine Bluff 8, Alabama State 5 

NEW ORLEANS, La. | Alabama State jumped ahead early, but couldn’t overcome a big Arkansas-Pine Bluff inning as they fell to the Golden Lions 8-5 in the final game of the Andre Dawson Classic.

Alabama State (2-1) jumped ahead early with a three-run first inning, which started with an RBI single by Cage Cox that scored Joseph Estrada for the early one-run lead. The Hornets added to the lead with a bases loaded walk to Hunter Allen that drove home Yamil Pagan, and then ended the scoring with a sacrifice fly by Hunter Phillips to grab an early 3-0 lead.

However, UAPB (2-1) was able to come back in the top of the second inning and pout four runs on the board against freshman Dalton Wilder (0-1) in his first collegiate start. The Golden Lions used an extra base hits to take the lead, using three unearned runs to jump ahead.

They added a single run in each the fourth and sixth to push the lead to 6-3, before Alabama State was able to get back on the board in the seventh inning when Gustavo Rios singled through the left side to trim the deficit to 8-4. The Hornets added another run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly from Phillips that scored Estrada for the final margin.

Wilder went five innings, allowed five runs – only two earned – on five hits, while striking out four. Fellow freshman, Gage Dollar came on in relief for one inning and allowed two runs – only one earned – off of one hit; while Britt Buckelew went three innings and allowed one run off of four hits.

Estrada finished the day with a pair of hits, going 2-for-3 in the leadoff spot with a pair of runs scored and an RBI. Phillips picked up a pair of hits, while Joshua Dunson also picked up a pair – finishing the day 2-for-3.

Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information

 Illinos-Chicago 10, Prairie View A&M 7

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Prairie View A&M baseball team lost to Illinois Chicago 10-7 Sunday on the final day of the Andre Dawson Classic at Wesley Barrow Stadium.
The Panthers scored in the first inning for the third straight game. Xavier Jefferson led off the game being hit by a pitch. Tyler Gordon and Daniel Lingua then walked to load the bases. Calvin Rucker's sacrifice fly to right field scored Jefferson. Gordon, who advanced to third on the play, later scored on a wild pitch for a 2-0 PVAMU lead.
Trailing 8-2 after four, the Panthers rallied in the sixth. Pinch hitter Demarie Smith led off with a walk before Steven Williams singled through the right side, advancing Smith to third. Jayln Baker doubled to left center, scoring Smith and advancing Williams to third. With one out, pinch hitter Tracy Warren's two-run single through the right side scored Williams and Baker. Corbin Jamison's triple to left center scored Warren to cut the Prairie View A&M deficit to 8-6.
After the Flames scored in the home half of the sixth to extend to a 10-6 lead, PVAMU got multiple runners on base in the final two innings, scoring in the ninth. With one out, Rucker singled through the right side, advancing Lingua, who had reached on a fielder's choice, to second. Pinch hitter Ezekiel Bear singled to left field, scoring Lingua. With two outs and the tying run at the plate, the Panthers lined out to third to end the game.
Lingua and Baker each had two hits for Prairie View A&M, which will open the home schedule Wednesday hosting Nicholls at 2 p.m. and Thursday in a 1 p.m. double-header vs. Huston-Tillotson at Tankersley Field.

Courtesy: Prairie View A&M Sports Information

Texas Southern 4, Lamar 3

Missouri State 6, Texas Southern 5

BEAUMONT, Texas – Texas Southern split its first two games of the 2018 season on Sunday. The Tigers fell 6-5 to Missouri State in the first game, and defeated Lamar 4-3 in the second contest.

Texas Southern took an early 2-0 lead in the first when Kamren Dukes scored on an RBI single. The Tigers added another run to for the two run advantage early.

The Tigers allowed three runs to Missouri State in the third to fall behind 4-2. TXSO allowed two more runs in the 5th and 6th innings, and could generate enough offense late, resulting in the loss.

Against Lamar, Texas Southern capitalized off a big fourth inning, in which they scored three runs, and added another in the fifth to take the victory.

Christian Sanchez homered in the fourth to jumpstart the big inning the Texas Southern. Ultimately, the four runs were enough to give the Tigers the one run win.

New Orleans 14, Southern 3      

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Southern was not able to recover from two big innings for New Orleans in a 14-3 loss on Sunday.

The Jaguars fell behind early, allowing five runs in the second inning, trail early in the contest.

Southern tried to come back midway through the game, with one run in each the third, fourth and fifth innings to make the score 5-3 midway through the game

The Jaguars let the contest slip away in the seventh, allowing eight runs and was not able to recover and comeback, resulting in the loss.



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