Baseball Recaps: February 24
Alabama State 12 Southern 6 (Game 1)
Southern 7, Alabama State 3 (Game 2)
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama State split a non-conference doubleheader with Southern at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex, winning game one 12-6 before falling 7-3 in the nightcap.
Alabama State (5-3) had a pair of big innings in the opener, scoring five in the second and five more in the fifth. The Hornets started the scoring in the second inning when Joshua Dunson was hit by a pitch, pushing home Gustavo Rios for the 1-0 lead. The lead continued to grow when Joseph Estrada cleared the bases with a double down the left field line to extend the lead to 4-0, before Rios walked to drive in Estrada for the 5-0 lead through two.
The Hornets got back on the board again in the third on the third home run of the season for Ray Hernandez for a 6-0 lead, before he and Hunter Allen both homered in the five-run fifth inning. The Hornets added another run in the fifth inning when Dunson scored on passed ball for the 9-0 lead; before Noel Cheneau scored on an Estrada sacrifice fly. The scoring was completed in the fifth on a solo home run by Yamil Pagan for an 11-0 lead – the fourth for the Hornets on the day.
Southern was able to get on the board with four to trim the lead to 11-4, before Santiago Garcia scored on a wild pitch to push the margin to 12-4.
Darrius Wright (2-0) picked up the win with six innings of shut out baseball, allowing just two hits. He struck out eight and walked two in the victory. Chase Laney came on in relief to work three innings with one strikeout.
In the nightcap, Southern was able to jump out to an early 6-0 lead through the first four innings – scoring a pair of runs in the second and three in the fourth. Alabama State was able to answer with a run in the fifth on a Cheneau home run – his first collegiate home run and the fifth of the day for Alabama State. They were able to trim the lead to 6-3 with a pair of runs in the sixth when Cheneau recorded a two-run single.
Dalton Wilder (0-2) suffered the loss, working three innings and allowed five runs – three earned – off of seven hits with a career-high seven strikeouts. Ivanniel Vazquez pitched an inning in relief, while Terrell McCall came out of the bullpen to work five innings and allow one run off of five hits with strikeouts.
Hernandez led Alabama State in hitting, going 4-for-8 in the two games with four runs scored and a pair of runs batted in, while Cheneau finished with three hits and Rios a pair. Estrada led the way with four runs batted in.
Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information
Florida A&M 21, Alcorn State 4 (Game 1)
Florida A&M 11, Alcorn State 3 (Game 2)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M took both games of a doubleheader Saturday at Moore-Kittles Field as the Alcorn State University baseball program fell 21-4 in the first game and 11-3 in the second.
Nicholas Hayes-Saltare led the Braves (3-4) in the first game as the senior from Hollywood, Fla. hit 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. A.J. Makarewicz went 1-for-2 with two walks and an RBI and had Alcorn's other double. Wallace Rios Jimenez brought in the other run and finished 1-for-3 with a walk. Defensively, Kyle Jenkins recorded a team-high five putouts, while Hayes-Saltare had three with three assists.
George Osborne III (0-2) took the loss after getting tagged for seven earned runs on four hits and as many walks. He struck out a pair in 3.0 innings of work. Joe Smith, Tyler Smith, and Brandon Thomas also appeared in relief.
FAMU (4-4) jumped out to an early lead in the first contest with four runs in the bottom of the first. After back-to-back walks, a single drove in the hosts' first run and put runners on the corners. Octavien Moyer then drove one over the left-field fence to bring in the other three.
After the Rattlers added a run in the second, Alcorn posted a pair in the top of the third. Hayes-Saltare led off with a single through the left side and Wilbert Malphus followed with a single to the shortstop. Both runners moved up on a passed ball, and a Rios Jimenez groundout put the Braves on the board. Makarewicz then doubled to left center for the second run.
Alcorn added another two in the fourth as Jenkins singled through the left side and Brendly Martina was hit by a pitch. Hayes-Saltare then hit a one-out double to left to score both runners, cutting the lead to 5-4. Following a fly out, the Braves proceeded to load the bases with back-to-back walk, but could not take advantage as the FAMU pitcher induced a fly out to the first baseman. It would come back to haunt Alcorn as the Rattlers broke open the game with 12 runs on seven hits and an error in the bottom half of the inning. The home team then added a run in the fifth and three more in the sixth for the final tally.
In game two, Der'Vincent Hamilton batted 1-for-2 with a two-run homer to left, a pair of walks, two RBIs, and a run. Rios Jimenez earned the other RBI as he hit 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, and a run. Jenkins was 2-for-4 with a double. In the field, the Jacksonville, Fla. product recorded five putouts with two assists.
Bukhari Brown (0-1) was handed the loss after giving up five earned runs on five hits and a walk. He fanned three FAMU batters in 2.2 innings of work. Jose Fernandez pitched 2.1 innings of relief and Regynold Johnson tossed the final 1.0 inning.
The Rattlers posted the first run of the game in the bottom of the first on a solo shot to left. Alcorn would respond in the top of the third as Rios Jimenez drew a base on balls and Makarewicz flew out to right. Hamilton then gave Alcorn its only lead of the day with his shot over the left-field fence.
FAMU took back control with four runs on four hits, a sacrifice fly, and two walks in the bottom frame. In the top of the fourth, Malphus led off with a double to right center and Christian Acklin laid down a sac bunt to move him up to third. Rios Jimenez then singled up the middle to bring in the run, but it would be Alcorn's last of the day. The Rattlers added another four in the fifth and two in the sixth for the 11-3 final.
Courtesy: Alcorn State Spoers Information
Grambling State 8 FIU 7
MIAMI, Fla. - A night after being shutout, the Grambling State University baseball team pounded out 11 hits and got a two-run homer by Chris Perez as the Tigers held off a late rally by FIU in picked up an 8-7 victory over the Panthers on Saturday night at FIU Baseball Stadium.
"It was a great team win," Grambling State head coach James Cooper said. "We almost completely emptied out our bench in both games, but the big key is that everyone has been ready before their name gets called to go in. That's been the major key in executing in ball games."
The Panthers (2-3) scored one run in the first inning, two in the second and one in the third to grab a 4-0 lead through three innings.
Grambling State (4-3) cut the margin to 4-2 when Perez belted a two-run homer in the fifth and tied the game at 4 with two runs in the sixth.
With one down in the inning, Trevin Bolden singled and scored when Ace Felder tripled. Felder came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Cameron Shannon, tying the game at 4.
FIU quickly responded with a run in the bottom half of the sixth and the Panthers kept the slim 5-4 lead until the eighth when the Tigers exploded for four runs on four hits and took advantage of an error.
With one out in the top of the eighth, Isaiah Torres doubled. Bolden drew a walk and Phil Adams, who pinch ran for Torres, advanced a base with a balk. Felder reached on a fielder's choice as Adams scored on an error. Shannon was intentionally walked to load the bases with the game tied at 5.
Perez reached on a fielder's choice as Bolden was out at home. Chris Campbell followed with the timely hit, a singled, plating Felder from third. D'Quan Matthews added a two-RBI single as Perez and Shannon scored to give Grambling State an 8-5 lead.
FIU responded with two runs in the bottom of the eighth, but Daniel Beizer came on in the ninth, working with a one-run game. The Panthers had two on and two out, but Beizer got Michael Harkcomswinging for the final out.
Inside the Numbers
· Grambling State finished with 11 hits and left nine on base.
· D'Quan Matthews, Ace Felder and Chris Campbell had two hits apiece, with Matthews driving in two runs.
· Marshawn Taylor, Isaiah Torres, Trevin Bolden, Cameron Shannon and Chris Perez (two RBIs) each had one hit.
· Anthony Hernandez started for the Tigers, but didn't figure in the decision. He went five innings and gave up four runs on five hits, with four walks and four strikeouts.
· Daniel Wilson, Christian Marquez (1-0) and Daniel Beizer pitched in relief.
· Christian Marquez worked one inning in relief and fanned two to get the win.
· Daniel Beizer picked up the save in two innings of work.
· FIU registered 11 hits and stranded 10 on base.
· Diandre Amion, Lorenzo Hampton, Derek Cartaya, Logan Allen and Jose Garcia each recorded two hits.
· Andres Nunez started on the hill for the Panthers and gave up two runs on four hits, fanned six and walked two in 4.1 innings.
· Steven Casey, Chandler Raiden (0-1), Andrew George and Everett Hurst pitched in relief.
News & Notes
· The Tigers are now 1-1 in road games.
· Grambling State has now won four out its last five games.
· The Tigers are now 3-2 in one-run games.
Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information
New Mexico State 14 Mississippi Valley State 4 (Game 1)
New Mexico State 20 Mississippi Valley State 0 (Game 2)
LAS CRUCES NM – Mississippi Valley State dropped both games of its double header to New Mexico State on Saturday.
In game one, The Delta Devils (0-3) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after the first inning. MVSU was able to score when a runner on third reached home on a passed ball, to take the 1-0 advantage.
The Delta Devils were not able to keep their lead, ad NMS scored three runs in the bottom of the first to take the 3-1 lead.
New Mexico State scored six runs in the second and third combined to take a 9-1 lead early on in the contest.
MVSU tried to claw its way back into the game late, scoring one run in the sixth, seventh and eight innings to make the score 9-4 heading to the bottom of the seventh.
New Mexico State scored one run in the seventh added five runs in the ninth, to take the victory.
The Delta Devils fell 20-0 in the second game of the day.
Morehead State 5 Alabama A&M 0
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Alabama A&M fell 5-0 to Morehead State in the second game of its three game series on Saturday.
Morehead State took the lead early, scoring a run in the first inning for the one-run lead. Morehead State added two more runs later in the seventh, to make the score 3-0.
MSU added two additional runs in the ninth, for the final score of 5-0 to take the victory.
The Bulldogs struggled offensively in this contest, generating only four hits.
Dalton Mitchel went 2 for 2 from the plate in the loss for the Bulldogs.
Prairie View A&M 7 Houston-Victoria 2 (Game 1)
Houston Victoria 7 Prairie View A&M 6 (Game 2)
VICTORIA, Texas - The Prairie View A&M University baseball team split Saturday's doubleheader at Houston-Victoria, winning 7-2 in the opener before losing 7-6 in the nightcap.
The Panthers will open the home schedule Tuesday at 2 p.m. vs. Texas College at Tankersley Field.
Game 1 – Panthers 7, Jaguars 2: Calvin Rucker went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and Corbin Jamison went 2-for-4 at the plate.
Ezekiel Bear and Jalyn Baker each homered in the opener. Darrien Williams threw six innings, allowing five hits and a pair of runs with two walks and four strikeouts.
PVAMU got on the board in the third inning, all with two outs. After Rucker walked, Bear homered on an 0-1 pitch to right field to give the Panthers 2-0 lead.
In the fourth, Avery Williams walked ahead of a two-run homer by Baker, who homered on a 1-0 pitch to give the Panthers a 4-0 lead.
In the fifth, Rucker led off with a single to left, advanced to second on an error, and advanced to third as Bear reached on an error. Steven Williams' sacrifice fly scored Rucker for a 5-0 lead.
Game 2 – Jaguars 8, Panthers 7: The Panthers trailed 7-1 after 3 innings before mounting a comeback that fell just short of completion.
In the fourth, Brashad Jones tripled with two outs, and scored on a single by Kaylor Lewis. Kyle Davis followed with a single to center, moving Lewis to second. Demarie Smith then singled to left, scoring Lewis cutting the deficit to 7-3.
The Panthers closed the deficit further with three runs in the fifth. Rucker led off with a walk, before Avery Williams singled through the left side.
Tyler Gordon was hit by a pitch to load the bases, before Jamison singled through the right side, scoring Rucker and Williams. With one out, pinch runner Austin Alexis scored on a groundout to cut the deficit to the final margin but could get no closer.
Tracy Warren went 3-for-5 in the nightcap, while Davis was 2-for-4.
Courtesy: Prairie View A&M Sports Information
Jackson State 5 Eastern Michigan 3 (Game 1)
Jackson State 8, Eastern Michigan 6 (Game 2)
JACKSON, Miss. – Jackson State took both games of its double header, 5-3 in game one and 8-6 in game two on Saturday.
Jackson State fell behind early in game one. Eastern Michigan took an early lead, scoring two runs in the first inning, and one in the third to make the score 3-0 after three.
The Tigers started to come back in the fourth. Jackson State scored two runs in that frame to make the score 3-2.
The Tigers would tie the game in the fifth, scoring a run to make the score 3-3.
JSU took the lead in the seventh adding two runs, to make the score 5-3, which held up as the final.
Game two was a back and forth affair. Jackson State took the early lead, scoring four runs in the first. The Tigers added three more runs in the second. Making the score 7-0 early.
Eastern Michigan started to mount a comeback in the fourth, scoring four runs in that frame, to trim JKST’s lead the just three runs.
The Tigers added and insurance run in the sixth, to make the score 8-4. The 8 runs would be enough, as Jackson State was able to hold off a late charge, for the 8-6 win.