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Baseball Recaps: February 20

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Release: 02/21/2018
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Alabama A&M 4, Murray State 3

HUNTSVILLE Ala.—The Alabama A&M University Baseball team held off the visiting Racers of Murray State on Tuesday afternoon in the Bulldogs' 4-1 defeat at Bulldog Field.

The Racers (1-3) got on the board early in the first frame with a RBI single to right field to take an early 1-0 lead. 

AAMU (3-1) answered back in the bottom of the third with a sacrifice fly from Carson McGregory to score Carlton Peppers and tie the game up, 1-1. In the fifth, McGregory hit into double play to score Jonathan Smith II and give the Bulldogs their first lead of the game.

In the bottom half of the seventh, the Bulldogs added a pair of runs to push the lead to 4-1 thanks to a McGregory RBI double and a Wilanier Betancourt sac fly. AAMU were able to hold the Racers scoreless the remaining two innings to secure the victory.

Clayton Warner picked up the win on the mound for the Bulldogs. Warner pitched 6.0 innings, allowing just one run on six hits, while striking-out three batters.  

Casey Warnerpitched an inning and Jose Figueroa entered in the eighth for a pair of scoreless innings to retire the Racers with one hit and three strikeouts.   Alabama A&M returns to Bulldog Field on Friday when they host Morehead State University for a three-game series. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Courtesy: Alabama A&M Sports Information

Alabama State 7, UAB 6

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama State never led in their home opener against UAB, but battled back and won in walk-off fashion over the visiting Blazers 7-6 in extra innings at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex Tuesday night.  

After a leadoff triple from Joseph Estrada to start the top of the 10th inning, UAB (3-1) elected to pitch around Yamil Pagan and intentionally walk Cage Cox to set the stage for the walk-off victory. Nate Gerardentered the game in top of the frame as a defensive replacement for Hunter Allen after the Hornets went to the bench several times over the last two innings, and promptly delivered single up the middle that scored Estrada for the victory.

Alabama State got behind 5-0 going into the bottom of the sixth inning before they were able to get on the board when Ray Hernandez stepped the plate and crushed the first pitch he saw from UAB reliever Kevin Davis over the left field fence to trim the deficit to 5-3. The Blazers were able to add another run in the eighth to push the lead to 6-3 heading to bottom of the eighth inning.

  In the bottom of that inning, Hernandez was hit by a pitch with one out and advanced to second on a fielding error by the Blazers that put two runners on for the Hornets. They both came around to score on a Santiago Garcia double down the line that trimmed the lead to 6-5 heading to the ninth.  

After a scoreless top half of the inning, Hunter Allen singled up the middle and was lifted for pinch runner Darius Wright, who would advance to third on a Hunter Phillips single through the right side and eventually score on a Hernandez double to set the stage for the final inning.  

Allen and Hernandez each picked up two hits in the win, while Chris Lewis reached base three times via hit by a pitch – two short of the NCAA record for a single game set back in February 2002.  

Ivanniel Vazquez got his first start since last March and went five innings and allowed three runs on one earned run, while striking out five. Laney (2-0) came out of the bullpen to work five innings and allowed just one run on five hits, while striking out a pair.  

Alabama State and UAB will meet Wednesday afternoon at Regions Field in Birmingham. First pitch is scheduled for 4 pm.

Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information

Jackson State 4, New Orleans 2

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Jackson State Tigers opened the 2018 season with a 4-2 win over the New Orleans Privateers, marking the program’s 8th straight season opening win under head coach Omar Johnson. JSU haven’t lost a season opener since the 2010 season.

JSU’s offense was powered by a pair of home runs. Stephan Vidal solo homered in the second inning to give JSU a 1-0 advantage and Jesus Santana repeated the feat in the fifth inning, increasing JSU’s lead to 4-0. Both players with a pair of outs on the scoreboard.

Santana led the Tigers offense, going 2-3 at the plate with a home run and two RBI. Robert Perteet, Lamar Briggs and Vidal each posted a hit and a run. JSU added another two in the third inning when Perteet scored on a Santana RBI ground out and Briggs scored on a fielding error by the second baseman, giving JSU a 3-0 advantage. JSU scored its final run of the game in the fifth when Santana homered to left field.

The Privateers cut the JSU lead in half with a two run bottom of the fifth. However, the Tigers defense stiffened and did not allow another hit for the rest of the game.

Keven Peres (1-0) pitched five innings to pick up the win. He allowed two runs on four hits with a strike out.


-With Tuesday night’s win the Tigers have won 8 straight season openers under Head Coach Omar Johnson.

-Stephen Vidal hit a solo home run with two outs in the 2nd inning, giving JSU a 1-0 lead.

-Jesus Santana hit a solo home run with two outs in the 5th inning to increase JSU’s lead to 4-0.

-Tuesday’s home run by Santana marks his 40th as a Tiger


Courtesy: Jackson State Sports Infomration

Grambling State 15, Wiley 5 (Game 1)

Grambling State 6, Wiley 5 (Game 2)

GRAMBLING, La.  Richard Ortiz belted three home runs as the Grambling State University baseball team won its home opener, 15-5, over Wiley College and held off a late charge in the second game, 6-5, to sweep the doubleheader at Wilbert Ellis Field at R.W.E. Jones Park on Tuesday.  

In the opener, Grambling State (3-2) picked up a pair of runs in the first inning and extended the lead to 5-0 after a run in the third and two in the fourth. The Wildcats (5-7) fought back and cut the deficit to 5-3 with three runs in the top half of the fifth, but the Tigers answered with one in the bottom half to take a 6-3 advantage into the sixth. Grambling State scored nine runs over the final three innings and won the game in eight innings.  

Ortiz was red hot in the first game, going 4-for-4 at the plate, including three home runs. He scored four times and drove in a team-high five runs. D'Quan Matthews also got into the act with the long ball as he belted his first homer of the season.   Grambling State finished with 21 hits in 42 at-bats and also picked up extra base hits by Matthews and Isaiah Torres.  

In the night cap, it was a pitchers' duel through the first two innings, but Grambling State broke free for two runs in the third and three in the fourth to grab a 5-0 advantage.

Wiley answered with two runs in the top of the fifth, only to have the Tigers plate one run in the bottom of the frame.

Trailing 6-2 into the latter innings, the Wildcats mounted a comeback and cut the deficit to 6-5 with one run in the sixth and two in the top of the seventh. Wiley had a runner on second with two outs, but Tigers' relief pitcher Andy Escano got the final out on a strikeout to seal the victory.  

Inside The Numbers

  • In the opener, Grambling State finished with 15 runs on 21 hits and left eight on base. * Marshawn Taylor and Richard Ortiz both had four hits.
  • * D'Quan Matthews, Trevin Bolden, Isaiah Torres, Kristian Franklin and Chris Perez had two hits apiece. * Richard Ortiz went 4-for-4 and drove in five RBIs.
  • * Nick Wheeler, Drexel Macaay and Chris Campbell had one hit a piece.
  • * Kerry Boykins, Jr. (1-1) picked up the win in five innings of work. He gave up two runs on four hits, with one strikeout.
  • * Daniel Beizer pitched one inning in relief, while Andy Escano earned his first save. * Nick Wheeler, Drexel Macaay and Chris Campbell had one hit a piece.
  • * Ryan Evans (1-0) was outstanding on the mound for the Tigers in seven innings. He gave up three runs on three hits, with four strikeouts and three walks. * Daniel Wilson worked one inning in relief. * Joe Champion took the loss as he surrendered five runs (two earned) on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk.
  • * Markus Garza, Christian Netro and Demetrice Rudolph worked in relief.
  • * Tyler Baumann went 2-for-4, with one RBI and one run scored to lead the Wildcat offense.
  • * In Game 2, Grambling State finished with six runs, 10 hits and six RBIs.
  • * D'Quan Matthews had three hits to pace the Tiger offense. * Marshawn Taylor and Drexler Macaay had two hits each.
  • * Rafael Ramirez III and Isaiah Torres each had one hit. * Kerry Boykins, Jr. (1-1) picked up the win in five innings of work. He gave up two runs on four hits, with one strikeout. * Daniel Beizer pitched one inning in relief, while Andy Escano earned his first save. * Austin Rotramel took the loss in three innings on the hill. He gave up two runs on five hits, with a pair of strikeouts.
  • * Jon Michael Roberson and Brandon Bilnoski pitched in relief.
  • * Justin Brown paced the Wildcats offense by going 2-for-3, with two runs scored, while Breon Ector drove in two runs in two plate appearances.  

News & Notes

  • * Grambling State met Wiley for the second consecutive season as the Tigers improved to 3-0 in their last three meetings with the Wildcats.
  • * The Tigers have won two straight home openers (2017 and 2018). * After starting the season 0-2, Grambling State has won its last three games. * Grambling State is 2-2 in games decided by one run this season.  

Up Next Grambling State takes to the road for the next four games as the Tigers travel to Miami, Fla. and will visit Florida International (FIU) for a weekend three-game series starting on Friday. GSU returns home Sunday night and will visit LSU in Baton Rouge, La. on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information 

Delta State 10, Mississippi Valley State 5

CLEVELAND, Miss. - Mississippi Valley State was not able to hold on to an early lead in a 10-5 loss to Delta State in the Delta Devils’ season opener on Tuesday.

MVSU jumped out to an early lead, scoring three runs in the third, to take the 3-0 advantage.  Morgan Lomax hit an RBI single that generated the first run of the game. Kanaikai Gaughen added an RBI double in the inning as well to generate a run.

MVSU let the contest get away from them in the fifth inning and seventh.  Allowing 10 runs over that three inning span.

MVSU scored two runs in the eighth, however its deficit ultimately proved too much to overcome, leading to the Delta Devils falling on its season opener.

Houston Baptist 15, Texas Southern 3

HOUSTON, Texas - Texas Southern fell 15-3 to Houston Baptist on Tuesday in Houston.

The Tigers were not able to come back from an early deficit in this contest.  TXSO allowed 14 runs in the first six innings, and was only able to generate two runs of its own. 

Texas Southern added one more run in the ninth, but the deficit was too much for Texas Southern, who struggled in the batters box in this contest, totaling just six hits in the loss.

Southeastern Louisiana 7  Alcorn State 1

HAMMOND, La. – Southeastern Louisiana jumped ahead with three runs in the second inning and two in third en route to a 7-1 win over the Alcorn State University baseball program Tuesday night at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.
Edward Jackson brought in Alcorn's lone run in the top of the eighth, doubling down the left-field line to bring in senior Devin Walden from third. The freshman from Greenville, Miss. was pinch-hitting for senior A.J. Makarewicz. Senior Justin Barna finished 1-for-2, and Kyle Jenkins and Der'Vincent Hamilton both hit 1-for-3.
Senior Jahborus Smith took the loss as he gave up five earned runs on six hits and a walk. He pitched 4.0 innings and fanned five SELU batters for a 7.50 ERA. Brandon Thomas gave up two earned runs on a hit and a walk with two strikeouts in 1.1 innings of relief, and Devon Key threw the remaining 2.2 innings. The junior from Tampa, Fla. had one punch out with one hit and a base on balls.
The Lions (3-1) broke open the score on junior Mike Taylor's solo shot to left. Smith walked the next batter and the SELU base runner moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. After another walk and a double steal, Smith hit the ensuing batter to load the bases. A single to right scored another and kept the bases juiced, and the Lions made it 3-0 on a fielder's choice.
In the third, Taylor doubled with one down and crossed the plate on a Kyle Schimpf single to right. Schimpf moved to second on a throwing error and then scored on a Bryce Steckler triple to center. The hosts would add insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
The Braves had an opportunity in the top of the fourth as Hamilton led off with a double to left center. He moved to third as Wilson flew out to right, but back-to-back strikeouts stranded him.
Walden worked a 3-2 count to start the eighth with a walk. He then stole second and advanced to third on a Wallace Rios Jimenez ground out to first, setting up the Braves' lone scoring play.
With the loss, the Braves move to 2-2 on the season. The teams will meet again in Hammond for another 6 p.m. game on April 3.
Alcorn will head to Tallahassee, Fla. for a four-game series with Florida A&M this weekend, starting with a 1 p.m. game on Friday at the Moore-Kittles Baseball Complex. The teams will play a noon doubleheader on Saturday and wrap up with a noon contest on Sunday.

Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information