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Baseball Recaps: February 25

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 02/25/2018
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Eastern Michigan 9, Jackson State 3

JACKSON, Miss. - After winning the first two games of the weekend, non-conference series against the Eastern Michigan Eagles on Saturday the Jackson State Tigers baseball team fell 9-3 in a rain soaked contest Sunday morning at Braddy Field.

The Eagles (1-7) opened the game with a three run first inning and added another in the second. The Tigers (3-2) put three runs on the scoreboard at the bottom of the second, cutting the lead to 4-3. Jesus Santana, Desmond Chumley and Ural Forbes all scored for the Tigers. However this would be all of the offense that the Tigers would be able to generate on the cold and soggy day. 

EMU added a run in the third and two more in the fourth inning. The Eagles added two more insurance runs in the seventh, making the final score 9-3.

Santana, Raul Hernandez and Forbes finished with two hits apiece. 

Next Up: JSU returns to action Tuesday, Feb. 27 when the Tigers host Louisiana Monroe in non-conference action. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

Courtesy: Jackson State Sports Infomration


FIU 12 Grambling State 7

MIAMI, Fla. - D'Quan Matthews and Richard Ortiz each had two hits as the Grambling State University baseball team dropped the final game of a three-game series, 12-7, to FIU on Sunday afternoon at the FIU Baseball Stadium.  

The Panthers (3-3) struck first with two runs in the first inning and one run in the third to grab a 3-0 lead through two innings.

The Tigers responded with a pair of runs in the fourth inning to close the gap to 3-2.   Matthews opened the frame with a base hit and advanced to second on an error. 

Trevin Bolden moved the runner over to third on a sacrifice bunt. Marshawn Taylorreached on a fielder's choice to put runners on the corners with one out. Ortiz followed with a single to plate Matthews and Isaiah Torres reached on a base hit to score Taylor to cut the deficit to 3-2.  

FIU quickly answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the fifth and took a 5-3 lead into the seventh.   The Panthers exploded for five runs on five hits in the seventh and added to the advantage with a pair of runs in the eighth to take a 12-3 lead.  

The Tigers tried to answer in the top of the ninth with four runs, but it wasn't enough to rally for the victory.  

Inside the Numbers

· Grambling State finished with eight hits and left seven on base

· D'Quan Matthews and Richard Ortiz each had two hits and one RBI.

· Trevin Bolden, Isaiah Torres, Nick Wheeler and Kristian Franklin registered one hit apiece.

· Elijah Saunders (0-1) pitched five innings and gave up five runs on eight hits, with four walks and one strikeout to take the loss.

· Ryan Evans and Kerry Boykins, Jr. pitched in relief.

· FIU finished with 12 runs and stranded six on base.

· Austin Shenton, Diandre Amion and Lorenzo Hampton each had three hits, with Hampton driving in a game-high five RBIs

· Jose Garcia had two hits and four runs batted in.

· Logan Allen (1-1) picked up the win in six innings of work. He gave up three runs (one earned) on three hits and fanned seven.

· Jose Machado, Greyson Fletcher and Gio Soto worked in relief.  

News & Notes

· The Tigers are now 1-2 in road games.

· Grambling State has now won four out its last six games.

· The Tigers will play back-to-back weekend series against teams' mascots Panthers (FIU and Prairie View A&M).

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information  

Morehead State 7 Alabama A&M 1

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Alabama A&M was not able to overcome a slow start in a 7-1 loss to Morehead State in the series finale on Sunday. 

The Bulldogs (3-4) let Morehead State take control of the game early, allowing six runs in the second inning, to fall behind early in the contest.

Alabama A&M was not able to recover from the slow start and early deficit.  The Bulldogs generated just five hits in the game. Its line run came in the second inning, when Richard Polinsky doubled to drive in the run. 

Ultimately, the Bulldogs could not mount a comeback, leading to the loss.

Polinsky went 2 for 3 from the plate to pace AAMU in the defeat.


Alcorn State 7 Florida A&M 2

TALAHASSEE Fla. -  Alcorn State defeated Florida A&M 7-2 on Sunday, to give the Braves the split of the four game series this weekend.

The game was tight early on.  The Braves (4-4) jumped out of the gates with a two run first inning.  The Braves got its first run by way of a fielding error by Florida A&M and its second by an RBI single from Kyle Jenkins to give ALCN a 2-0 lead.

Florida A&M answered with two runs of its own in the bottom half of the first, to make the score even at 2-2 early on.

The game remained tied until Alcorn State pulled away beginning in the seventh inning.  The Braves scored two runs in that inning, and added two more in the eighth, to take the 7-2 win.

Six Braves players had one hit each, and Alcorn scored its seven runs on just six hits as a team in the win.