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Baseball Recaps: April 28

Courtesy: SWAC.org
Release: 04/28/2018
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Alabama A&M 12 Mississippi Valley State 2 (8 innings)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Alabama A&M took game two of the three game series with Mississippi Valley State, 12-2 on Saturday.

The Bulldogs (9-35, 6-14 SWAC) got off to a hot start. AAMU scored one run in each of the first three innings to take a 3-0 lead. Carson McGregory hit an RBI single in the first to open the scoring.

Wilanier Betancourt knocked in a RBI double in the second to make the score 2-0, and J.T. O’Reel hit an RBI double in the third to give the Bulldogs a three run advantage.

MVSU (11-27, 9-11 SWAC) kept the game close thorough the fourth. The Delta Devils scored two runs in that frame, to make it a one run game. Wendell Rieves hit a two run homer to make the score 3-2.

The Bulldogs pulled away late scoring five runs in the sixth and four in the eighth, for the 12-2 final.

Rieves was 1 for 3 from the plate with two RBIs and one run scored in the loss for MVSU.

O’Reel went 3 for 5 with four RBIs and one run scored in the win to pace the Bulldogs.

Alabama State 9 Florida A&M 4

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Alabama State got another strong outing on the mound in the Florida A&M series as Dalton Wilder went six innings in a 9-4 victory over Florida A&M at Moore-Kittles Field Saturday afternoon.

Wilder (2-3) picked up the win after working 6.0 innings and allowing four runs, none of which were earned, off of five hits. He also walked four and struck out three in the win. Ivanniel Vazquez came on to work the final three innings to pick up his second save of the season, allowing just one baserunner and striking out four.

Alabama State (24-19) pounded out 13 hits in the win, including four from Gustavo Rios and three from Hunter Phillips. Rios finished the day 4-for-5 with three runs batted in and a run scored, while Phillips went 3-for-5 with his seventh double of the season. Joseph Estrada went 2-for-5 with three runs scored, including his ninth double of the season, while Ray Hernandez finished 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored.

Jordan Curtis lead Florida A&M at the plate, as he went 2-for-4 with a run batted in, while the Rattlers used six different pitchers – including Ryan Anderson (3-5) who went just 3.2 innings in the start and allowed six runs off of eight hits.

Courtesy: Alabama State Sports Information

Alcorn State 10 Jackson State 3

JACKSON, Miss. – The Alcorn State University baseball program rallied from a 3-0 deficit, but Jackson State pulled away late for a 7-3 decision Saturday afternoon at Bob Braddy Field. With the win, the Tigers (27-15, 16-7 SWAC) knot the conference series at one game apiece.

Justin Barna led the Braves (11-31, 6-14) at the plate as the senior hit 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run. Devin Walden finished 1-for-3 with a run and a stolen base. Der'Vincent Hamilton went 1-for-4 and brought in a pair of runs while Hunter Wilson also posted a 1-for-4 effort on the day.

Jahborus Smith (2-9) was handed the loss after the senior surrendered six runs (four earned) on four hits and six walks. The Columbia, Miss. native pitched 6.2 innings and struck of eight of the 32 batters he faced. George Osborne III tossed 1.1 innings of relief and allowed one run on three hits and a walk.

JSU took an early lead as their leadoff batter in the first walked and moved up to third on an Alcorn error. After a pop out to center, the runner reached home on an infield single. The hosts then added two more in the second courtesy of a triple down the right field line and a wild pitch.

The Braves answered with three runs on as many hits in the top of the third. With two outs, Walden singled to third and stole second. Wallace Rios Jimenez then walked and Barna doubled to left to put the Purple and Gold on the board with runners in scoring position. A Hamilton single up the middle then evened the score at 3-3.

Both teams cruised through the next three innings before the hosts pulled away in the seventh. The Tigers loaded the bases with one out and were able to bring in another three runs on two hits and an error. Alcorn couldn't come up with an answer and JSU added a score in the eighth for the final tally

Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information

Texas Southern 7 Arkansas Pine Bluff 4

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Texas Southern evened the three game series with Arkansas Pine Bluff at one game apiece with its 7-4 victory over the Golden Lions on Saturday.
The Tigers (20-24, 14-5 SWAC) scored two runs in the first to take the 2-0 lead early. Jose Camacho tripled to right field for the first run of the game. Blake Hicks hit an RBI single in the next at bat to make the score 2-0.

TXSO added two more runs in the second, one on passed ball to take a 4-0 advantage.

The Golden Lions got its first run of the game in the bottom of the inning. Jarcifur Parker scored to make the score 4-1.

After Texas Southern added another run in the top of the fourth, UAPB (17-18, 10-8 SWAC) got on the board in the bottom of the inning. Sergio Esparza scored to make the score 5-2.

Texas Southern scored one run in the sixth to make the score 6-2. UAPN answered in the seventh, scoring two runs to make the score 6-4 and a two run game.

Texas Southern put the game out of reach in the eighth, adding one run to make the score 7-4 which would stand as the final.

Prairie View A&M 6 Southern 4

BATON ROUGE, La. – Prairie View A&M defeated Southern 6-4 in the second game of the three game series between the two west division foes on Saturday,

Southern (9-29, 6-14 SWAC) took the early lead, scoring one run in the second to make the score 1-0.

The Panthers (11-29, 6-14 SWAC) answered in the top of the third, scoring one run to even the score at 1-1.

Southern took the lead back in the bottom of the third, to take a 2-1 lead.

Prairie View took the lead in the top of the fourth, scoring three runs in the inning, to take a 4-2 lead.

The Panthers added two more runs in the sixth, making the score 6-3.

Southern added one run in the eighth, but the Jaguars were not able to complete the comeback.