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Baseball Recaps: April 27

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 04/28/2018
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Alabama A&M 7 Mississippi Valley State 2

HUNTSVILLE – Dalton Mitchell and Brandon Mooreboth went 3-for-4 at the plate as the Alabama A&M University baseball team defeated Mississippi Valley State, 7-2, to claim game one of the three-game series.

The Bulldogs improve to 8-35 on the year, while the Delta Devils fall to 11-26.

AAMU took an early lead with two runs when Carson McGregory doubled to right field to score JT O'Reel followed by Mitchell doubling to score McGregory.

Both teams remained scoreless in the second inning before Mississippi Valley answered with a single, which was followed by a fielding error to score the Devils. The Bulldogs extended their lead in the fifth on a solo homer by O'Reel, to push the lead to 3-1.

Mitchell led off the sixth inning with a triple to left field before Tyus O'Neal-El grounded out to third base. Mitchell would then score after Moore hit a single to left center. In the top of the seventh, Jonathan Smith II tripled down the left line before later crossing home just pitches later on a wild pitch to make it 5-1.

AAMU would secure their final two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning when Wilanier Betancourt singled to score O'Neal-El followed by Smith's sacrifice fly that scored Moore.

Fernando Diaz Jr. (1-1) earned the win for AAMU, going 7.0 innings and giving up just one run, while walking five and striking out four.

Courtesy: Alabama A&M Sports Information


Alabama State 8 Florida A&M 2

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Alabama State rode the arm of Darrius Wright, and used a combined seven hits from Noel Cheneau and Cage Cox to grab an 8-2 series-opening victory over Florida A&M Friday night at Moore-Kittles Field.

Darrius Wright (7-1) held Florida A&M to just one hit through six innings of work, a single from Jordan Curtis in the fifth inning, while striking out a pair of Rattlers. He was able to work out of a pair of jams as he walked eight in the win. Channing Walker came on in the seventh to work the final three innings to record his first career save with three strikeouts.

Meanwhile, at the plate Cheneau finished 4-for-5 on the night as he picked up hits in his first four plate appearances – including a pair of doubles. Cox finished the day 3-for-5 on the day with three singles, while Gustavo Rios finished with a pair of hits.

Alabama State (23-19) got on the board in the second inning after Cox led off with a single and was pushed to third on Cheneau's first double of the day. He would later score on an RBI groundout by Joshua Dunson for a 1-0 lead. The Hornets extended the lead with a pair of runs in the fourth when Hunter Allenreached on an infield error and stole second, as he came around to score on an RBI double by Cheneau. The junior was knocked in on an RBI single by Joseph Estrada for a 3-0 lead.

The Hornets pushed the lead to 4-0 with a single run in the sixth as Cheneau reached on an infield single and stole second. He would score as an errant throw from catcher Jacky Miles, Jr. went into center and was mishandled by Willis McDaniel.

The lead grew in the seventh when Rios drove home Yamil Pagan to give the Hornets a 5-0 lead before Florida A&M (19-23) was able to get on the board in the bottom half of the inning following a pair of walks. The Hornets added three more runs in the eighth on RBIs from Hunter Phillips and Pagan, before Florida A&M added a single run in the bottom of the ninth for the final margin.

The two teams meet in the second game of the series Saturday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 1 pm (est) on the campus of Florida A&M, as Dalton Wilder (1-3, 3.57 ERA) gets the start in the contest.

Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information


Alcorn State 10 Jackson State 3

JACKSON, Miss. – Early offense and strong pitching from starter Carlos Lopez earned the Alcorn State University baseball program a 10-3 decision in the SWAC series opener against Jackson State Friday night at Bob Braddy Field.

With the victory, the Braves improve to 11-30 overall and 6-13 in conference play. The Tigers, who entered this weekend atop the East Division standings, fall to 26-15 overall with a 15-7 mark in league play.

Justin Barna posted a 3-for-4 effort at the plate with a double, an RBI, a walk, and four runs scored. Jordan McGowan hit 3-for-5, brought in three runs, and scored two more. A.J. Makarewicz also tallied three RBIs as he finished 2-for-4. Nicholas Hayes-Saltare batted 3-for-4 and Der'Vincent Hamilton also had a multi-hit game as he went 2-for-4 with a pair of bases on balls and two runs. Kyle Jenkins may not have recorded a hit as he ended the night 0-for-3, but the redshirt-sophomore catcher made an impact with a pair of RBIs, a run scored, and two walks. On defense, he led the team with 11 putouts while Barna followed with six.

Lopez (4-2) earned his second win in as many opportunities after tossing 8.0 innings. The junior allowed two runs on six hits and a walk while sitting down nine of the 31 batters he faced. Razedrick Winters closed out the game and gave up one run on two hits and a walk with one punch out.

The Braves opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the first. Rios Jimenez drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on a wild pitch before Barna doubled to left center. Hamilton then earned a free trip to first to put two on. JSU would retire the next two batters, but another wild pitch put runners in scoring position and McGowan singled to right to make it 2-0.

Alcorn extended its lead with three more runs in the third. Barna started with a leadoff single to center and proceeded to steal second. Hamilton worked a full count and a Hunter Wilson groundout moved the two Braves up to second and third. The Purple and Gold benefited from yet another wild pitch and Jenkins hit a ball deep enough to left for the sacrifice fly. Alcorn then put together three consecutive hits for the 5-0 advantage.

After McGowan touched home to make it a 6-0 game in the top of the fifth, JSU finally got its offense going with one run on two hits in the bottom half of the frame. Alcorn responded with two more in the sixth and another pair in the seventh to help put the game away. The Tigers got a leadoff double in the bottom of the sixth, but were only able to come away with one run. JSU had an opportunity in the bottom of the ninth with a leadoff double, a walk, and a one-out single down the left field line. Alcorn's defense snuffed out any hopes of a comeback though as Makarewicz got the lead runner at third on a fielder's choice and Winters induced a pop up to left for the final out.

Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information


Arkansas Pine Bluff 6 Texas Southern 5
PINE BLUFF, Ark. - The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Golden Lions baseball team led for most of the afternoon before a late comeback attempt from its opponent, but UAPB held on for the 6-5 victory over Texas Southern University in game one of the three-game series at the Torii Hunter Baseball Complex in Southwestern Athletic Conference action. The victory marks UAPB's fifth win in a row.

The Golden Lions took a two-run lead in the bottom of the second inning when Larry Sims produced a RBI single to center field that brought in JP Soriano. Moments later, Kacy Higgins generated a sacrifice fly that scored Ricardo Sanchez. After the Tigers scored one run in the third, the Golden Lions team responded with two additional runs in the bottom of the stanza as Sergio Esparzaproduced a RBI single to center field that allowed Jarficur Parker to touch home plate, then Sanchez doubled to right field, bringing home Soriano.

UAPB led 4-1 before Texas Southern scored a run in both the sixth and seventh inning, cutting the lead to 4-3.

The Golden Lions then answered back with two runs in the bottom of the seventh, including a home run from first baseman Nick Kreutzer which proved to be the game-winner. The Tigers managed two late runs in the top of the eighth but the Golden Lions held on for the narrow victory.

UAPB pitcher Tyrus Lopez (7-2) was credited with the victory as he struck out one batter and gave up three earned runs and five hits in 6.1 innings of work while fellow Golden Lion Nathan Sawrie picked up his fourth save of the year when he struck out two batters, gave up two earned runs just two hits in 2.2 innings. Aaron Solis (7-3) was credited with the loss.

Soriano finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored while teammate Sanchez went 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run.

Courtesy: UAPB Sports Information

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