Baseball Recaps: March 3
Alabama State 6 Alcorn State 1
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama State took advantage of six Alcorn State miscues in the field to win their second consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) game, 6-1 at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex Saturday night.
Alabama State (7-4, 2-0 SWAC) scored three runs runs in the third and added another two in the sixth for the final margin. After Alcorn State jumped out to a 1-0 lead through two innings, the Hornets jumped on the board in third when Joesph Estrada singled through the left side to score Noel Cheneau with the Hornets’ first run to tie the game at 1-all. They would add two more when Hunter Allen doubled to left to drive in two more for a 3-1 Alabama State lead.
The Hornets added another run in the fifth Allen singled to short to drive home Estrada before advancing on a throwing error by the shortstop.
Leading 4-1 heading to the sixth inning, the Hornets put the game away when Cage Cox singled to right field and advanced got second on a Braves’ error. The hit drove in Cheneau and Estrada for the final two runs.
Darius Wright (3-0) picked up the win, working six innings and allowed just one run – unearned – off of four hits. He walked four and struck out four. Terrell McCall came on to work the final three innings, allowed just one hit.
Four Hornets picked up multiple hits in the contest, with Cheneau finishing 2-for-5 with a stolen base; while Cox also finished 2-for-5 with an RBI. Estrada went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI, while Allen went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs batted in.
The series concludes with a single game on Sunday beginning at 1 pm at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex. Alabama State will send Gage Dollar (0-1, 4.50 ERA) to the mound in the finale.
Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information
Prairie View A&M 6 Grambling State 4 (Game 1)
Grambling State 6 Prairie View A&M 3 (Game 2)
GRAMBLING, La.- The Prairie View A&M men’s baseball team split a double header on Saturday against Grambling State, winning the first game 6-4, and coming up short in game two by a score of 6-3.
PVAMU 6, GSU 4
The Panthers got on the board in the top half of the fourth inning, as Tracy Warren singled down the right field line brought Jalyn Baker and Ezekiel Bear across home plate. Andrew Garcia later singled into center field, which allowed Warren and Steven Williams to score to make the score 4-0 as the inning concluded.
PV got back on the board in the top of the sixth inning. A Xavier Jefferson single allowed Warren to score. Tyler Gordon flew out to right field. The fly out allowed Garcia to score to make the score 6-0.
Grambling got on the board in the bottom of the ninth inning, scoring four runs in the inning on three hits. However, Nick Campos killed the Tiger rally striking out the final batter on a 3-2 payoff pitch to end the game.
GSU 6, PVAMU 3
The Panthers struck early in game two, scoring in the top of the first inning, as a pickoff attempt got away from a Grambling infielder, which allowed Gordon to score from third base. Bear singled into center field, bringing Daniel Lingua across home plate. As the top of the first came to a close the Panthers led 2-0.
Grambling scored three runs on three hits in the bottom half of the inning to take a 3-2 lead. GSU again scored three more runs in the bottom of the fifth, and took a 5-2 advantage in the process.
The Panthers got back on the board in the top of the seventh, as pinch hitter Warren flew out to center field, allowing Bear to score from third base.
PVAMU was unable to close the gap in the following innings, and GSU would take the game and the weekend series.
Courtesy: Prairie View A&M Sports Information
Abilene Christian 11, Mississippi Valley State 3
ALBILENE, Texas – Mississippi Valley State fell 11-3 to Abilene Christian on Saturday in its second game of the three game series.
The Delta Devils (0-7) trailed early on in this game. MVSU allowed two runs in the first inning and one in the second to trail 3-0 after two.
The Delta Devils got cut its deficit to two by scoring a run in the third, when Jancarlos Aponte scored on a groundout to make the score 3-1.
ACU took control of the game from that point, scoring three runs in the fourth to be up 6-1. ACU added four more runs in the seventh. The deficit was too muc for MVSU to overcome, leading to the loss.
MVSU struggled offensively in this contest, generating just five hits in the defeat.
Jackson State 8 Alabama A&M 4
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Jackson State improved to 2-0 in conference play with a 8-4 win over Alabama A&M on Saturday in Huntsville.
The Tigers(6-2, 2-0 SWAC) started out fast, scoring one run in the first, and five in the second to take a big lead early in the contest. Casey Warner generated a run on a fielder’s choice and the Tigers scored two runs on bases loaded walks in the inning.
Alabama A&M (3-8, 0-2 SWAC) got back in the game in the fifth, Dalton Mitchel hit an RBI single to drive in one of the two runs for the Bulldogs, to make the score 6-2.
Alabama A&M was not able to comeback in this contest, as Jackson State added two insurance runs, one in the eighth and one in the ninth, to end up winning by four runs.
Arkansas Pine Bluff 6, Southern 5 (Game 1)
Southern 12, Arkansas Pine Bluff 1 (Game 2)
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Arkansas Pine Bluff and Southern split its doubleheader in the two teams opening games of SWAC play on Saturday.
In game one, Southern took the early advantage, leading 3-0 after the second inning. The Jaguars added another run in the fourth to make the score 4-0.
UAPB got on the board in the bottom of the fourth, scoring two runs to cut the Jaguars’ lead to two.
The Golden Lions completed its comeback late in the contest. UAPB scored two runs in the seventh, and two in the ninth, to take the 6-5 win. The Golden Lions won on a walk-off hit by pitch walk with the bases loaded to take the win.
Southern defeated the Golden Lions 12-1 in the second game of the doubleheader to complete the split.