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Baseball Recaps: April 21

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 04/22/2018
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Jackson State 14 Alabama State 13 (Game 1)
Alabama State 14 Jackson State 6 (Game 2)

JACKSON, Miss. - Alabama State came back to win the second game of a doubleheader after dropping the first game in the bottom of the ninth to even the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) season series with Jackson State Saturday afternoon.

The first five games of the season series with Jackson State had been decided by two runs or less, until Alabama State erupted in the final game of the series and knocked around the Jackson State pitching staff for a 14-6 victory, pounding out 20 hits in the series finale off of five Tigers' pitcher.

In the opener, Alabama State (21-19, 15-6 SWAC) scored five runs in the seventh inning to take a 10-5 lead, before Jackson State scored five in the bottom of the eighth to tie the contest at 10-all. The Hornets bounced back with three runs in the ninth to extend the lead when Joseph Estrada doubled down the right field line to score Noel Cheneau to push the lead to 11-10. The Hornets added another pair of runs on a Yamil Pagan two-run single to center for a 13-10 lead.

However, Jackson State came back to score four runs in the bottom of the half of the inning highlighted by a three-run double by Wesley Reyes and a walk-off single by Dezmond Chumley for the 14-13 victory.

Alexander Castro (0-2), one of five pitchers used by the Hornets in the opener, suffered the loss after going an inning and giving up four runs – only one earned – on a pair of hits. The Hornets pounded out 14 hits in the opener, with Ray Hernandez leading the way going 3-for-6 and five other players each picked up multiple hits. Alabama State picked up six extra base hits, including a triple from Cage Cox and a home run from Joseph Estrada.

The Hornets bounced back in game two as they scored two or more runs in five innings of the contest, including five in the eighth inning. After Jackson State (26-14, 15-6 SWAC) tied the nightcap at 2-all in the second inning, the Hornets pushed the lead to 4-2 with a pair of runs in the third on a double by Hernandez and single from Cage Cox. They added three more in the fourth on RBI singles from Hernandez and Gustavo Rios.

Jackson State cut the lead to 7-3 in the bottom of the fourth, before the Hornets another pair of runs in the fifth to extend the lead to 9-3. The Tigers added another pair of runs in the seventh to trim the deficit to 9-6 until the five-run eighth inning. Rios started the scoring with a sacrifice fly by Rios, before Cox picked up a two-run single and Hunter Allen hit a two-run home run to cap off the scoring.

Allen finished the night 4-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and RBI, while Hernandez finished 4-for-6 (finishing the day with seven hits). Estrada and Cox each finished 3-for-5 in the game. Channing Walker(1-3) picked up his first collegiate victory as he worked 2.1 innings out of the bullpen. He allowed a pair of runs on four hits, with three strikeouts.

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

Grambling State 11 Southern 6 (Game 1)
Southern 1 Grambling State 0 (Game 2)

BATON ROUGE, La. - Christian Marquezpitched 6.2 solid innings and Rafael Ramirez, III crushed his team-high 12th homer as the Grambling State University baseball team split with rival Southern, winning the opener 11-6, but falling in the second game, 1-0, in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Lee-Hines Field.

In the opener, Grambling State (21-19 overall, 13-8 SWAC) struck first in the second inning on a solo home run by Drexler Macaay to give the Tigers an early 1-0 lead.

The Tigers extended the advantage to 2-0 with one run in the fourth, but Southern (8-26, 8-13) answered with two in the bottom of the frame to tie the game at 2.

Grambling State plated nine runs over the fifth and sixth innings to grab an 11-2 advantage.

Ace Felder led off the fifth with a double to left center and advance to third on a Marshawn Taylor groundout. Richard Ortiz followed with a walk and Ramirez made the Jaguars pay with a double down the left field line to plate Felder and Ortiz. After a Macaay walk, Garrett Smithdoubled to plate Ramirez and Macaay. Trevin Bolden followed with an infield hit as Smith scored to give the Tigers a 7-2 lead.

GSU put the game out of reach in the sixth with four runs, capped by three-run homer by Ramirez, to extend the lead to 11-2.

Southern tried to rally in the latter innings with two runs in the seventh and two more in the ninth.

In the nightcap, Southern picked up its lone run in the fifth inning to pick up the 1-0 win.

Inside the Numbers
* Grambling State finished with 11 runs on 17 hits, committed one error and stranded nine base runners.
* Drexler Macaay, Garrett Smith (three RBIs) and Trevin Bolden each recorded three hits.
* Ace Felder, Marshawn Taylor, Rafael Ramirez (five RBIs) and Isaiah Torres registered two hits apiece.
* Christian Marquez (4-1) pitched 6.2 innings to pick up the victory. He gave up four runs (three earned) on eight hits, walked three and fanned three.
* Kerry Boykins, Jr. and Daniel Wilson worked 2.1 innings in relief.
* Southern scored six runs on nine hits, with two errors and left 11 on base.
* John Pope and Malik Blaise each had two hits to pace the Jaguar offense.
* John Guienze (0-4) took the loss. He surrendered six runs on 10 hits, walked two and struck out one in 4.2 innings.
* Wilhelm Allen and Brandon Sykes pitched the final 4.1 innings in relief.
* In the second game, Grambling State had nine hits, stranded 13 on base and committed one error.
* Richard Ortiz led the way going 3-for-5, while Rafael Ramirez went 2-for-4.
* Ace Felder, Marshawn Taylor, Isaiah Torres and Kristian Franklin each recorded one hit.
* Andy Escano (1-3) took the loss in seven innings of work. He gave up one unearned run on just two hits, with five strikeouts and a pair of walks.
* Daniel Beizer pitched one inning in relief.
* The Jaguars registered one run on just four hits and left five on base.
* Jacob Snyder (2-3) picked up the win in five innings as he scattered five hits, walked six and fanned one.
* Tyler Robinson worked the final four innings in relief.

Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information

Texas Southern 23 Prairie View A&M 0

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – Big third and fourth innings propelled Texas Southern to a 23-0 win over Prairie View A&M on Saturday.

Texas Southern (18-22, 12-4 SWAC) jumped took control of the game from the outset. The Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first inning.

TXSO was able to put the game out of reach in the third. The Tigers scored 12 runs, which was aided by a three RBI double from Kamren Dukes.

The Tigers also had a big fourth inning, scoring four runs, in which Dukes had another three RBI double.

Dukes was five for seven with seven RBIs and three runs scored in the win for Texas Southern.

Prairie View A&M (9-26, 5-12 SWAC) was limited to just three hits in the defeat.

Arkansas Pine Bluff 11 Oklahoma Panhandle 1 (Game 1)
Arkansas Pine Bluff 5 Oklahoma Panhandle 1 (Game 2)

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Arkansas Pine Bluff took both games of its doubleheader from Oklahoma Panhandle, to complete the series sweep on Saturday.

Game 1

In game one, UAPB took a commanding lead early. The Golden Lions (15-17) scored three runs in the first inning, to take a 3-0 lead. Sergio Esparza doubled to left field to open the scoring, Daulton Horton also contributed an RBI double in the inning for UAPB.

Oklahoma Panhandle (22-28) cut the lead to two, by scoring one run in the second.

The Golden Lions put the game away in the fourth and fifth innings, scoring a combined eight runs in the two frame, to take the victory.

Esparza was 1 for 4 with one RBI and one run scored for UAPB in the win.

Game 2

In game two, UAPB got off to a similar start. The Golden Lions scored three runs in the second inning, which gave it a 3-0 lead. Jarficur Parker knocked in a two RBI single to drive I two of the three runs.

UAPB added two more runs in the sixth inning. Esparza tripled to drive in one run, and would later score on a passed ball, to make the score 5-1 at that point, which held up as the final.

Parker was 1 for 4 from the plate with two RBIs to pace UAPB in game two.

Mississippi Valley State 5 Alcorn State 0 (Game 1)
Alcorn State 11 Mississippi Valley State 10 (Game 2)

LORMAN, Miss. – After a slow start in the first game of the day's doubleheader, the Alcorn State University earned a walk-off 11-10 victory in game two to win the Southwestern Athletic Conference series 2-1 against Missisippi State Saturday at Willie E. "Rat" McGowan Stadium.

After the Delta Devils (11-23, 9-9 SWAC) rallied from a 10-3 deficit with five runs in the eighth and a two-out two-run home run in the ninth, Devin Walden led off the bottom of the tenth with a single down the right-field line. The senior outfielder then moved up on a Wallace Rios Jimenezsacrifice bunt and got to third on a Justin Barna ground out to first. Der'Vincent Hamilton slapped a 2-2 offering halfway to third to give the Braves (10-29, 5-13) the win.

Jordan McGowan hit 3-for-5, scored a run, and brought in two runs. A.J. Makarewicz finished 2-for-4 with a run and three RBIs and Walden also went 2-for-4 with a run and a walk. Hunter Wilson posted a 2-for-5 effort at the plate with a double, a run, and an RBI. Hamilton had Alcorn's other multi-hit performance as the senior batted 2-for-6 with a run and an RBI. Edward Jackson went 1-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.

Razedrick Winters (1-2) picked up his first win the season as he pitched 0.2 innings and struck out one of the two batters he faced. Starter Buhkari Brown allowed three runs on seven hits and six walks while retiring six batters in 7.0 innings of work. Zachary Perez and Tyler Smith also made appearances.

Game one was a defensive battle with MVSU taking an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Alcorn had an opportunity to answer in the fourth as the Braves loaded the bases with two outs, but the Delta Devils grabbed a fly out to end the threat. The visitors then plated three more runs in the eighth for the final tally.

Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information