Baseball Recaps: April 29
Florida A&M 5 Alabama State 2
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Alabama State dropped the series finale 5-2 to Florida A&M Sunday afternoon at Moore-Kittles Field, their final non-conference series of the season.
Alabama State (24-20) fell behind early as the Rattlers put on a run on the board in the first and third innings, before the Hornets came back with a pair of runs of their own in the sixth to tie the game at 2-all.
The Hornets used a one-out single from Joseph Estrada, one of four hits for the Hornets against three Florida A&M (20-24) pitchers, to get things started in the inning. He was forced out at second on a ball hit by Yamil Pagan straight up on the infield that landed at the feet of Florida A&M catcher Jacky Miles, Jr., before he was pushed to second on a two-out walk to Ray Hernandez.
Alabama State loaded the bases when Gustavo Rios drew a two-out walk, and the Hornets got on the board when Cage Cox battled back from an 0-2 count to draw a walk and bring in Pagan. Alabama State added another run when Hunter Allen drew a walk to bring in Hernandez to tie the game.
Florida A&M was able to add a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh off Alexander Castro (0-3), who came in to work four innings in relief of starter Gage Dollar and was one of four pitchers used on the day for Alabama State. He allowed two runs – both unearned – on three hits with six strikeouts.
Allen was the lone Hornet to pick up multiple hits on the day, finishing 2-for-3.
Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications
Alabama A&M 15 Mississippi Valley State
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Alabama A&M baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Mississippi Valley State with a 15-5 victory on Sunday at Bulldog Field.
On Sunday, the Bulldogs posted most of their runs in the second inning as four different Bulldogs had multiple-hit games led by Raymond Santiago, who went 5-for-5 with four RBI, two doubles and one run scored as the Bulldogs third baseman.
Jonathan Smith IIand Carlton Peppers each had two hits in four at-bats, and added two runs and one RBI a piece to their totals. Dalton Mitchell also had a big afternoon. He went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored including a double in the bottom of the fifth. Carl Parker and JT O'Reel each had one hit and two runs scored. O'Reel also had one RBI.
Down 1-0, Alabama A&M tied the game in the first inning with a sacrifice fly from Mitchell to score Smith. The Bulldogs would then add nine runs in the bottom of the second.
With one out, Parker hit a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Santiago RBI single scored Parker before Smith hit by pitch put him on base. Peppers would then single to centerfield to advance Smith to second and Santiago home to make it 3-1. A wild pitch would advance both Peppers and Smith before O'Reel reached on fielding error to advance Peppers to third and score Smith.
Up 4-1, O'Reel reached on a fielding error by shortstop to advance Peppers to third and score Smith. O'Reel stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error to score Peppers. O'Reel would then advance home after a single up the middle from Carson McGregory. Mitchell would follow with a single to the left side and advanced to second with McGregory on third. After a groundout, Wilanier Betancourt was hit by pitch. With bases loaded, Parker reached on a throwing error as Mitchell and McGregory scored. The Bulldogs last two runs in the second would come after a single from Santiago scored Parker and Betancourt to put AAMU up, 8-1.
The Bulldogs added two more runs in the third before MVSU added a run in the top of the fourth.
Leading 12-2, Polinsky singled up the middle in the fifth to score Mitchell before a single from Smith would add another run.
A three RBI homer inside the park from the Devils in the top of the seventh cut the deficit to nine, 14-5. AAMU would add their final run of the game in the seventh inning after a double from Santiago for a 15-5 cushion in seven innings.
Jose Figueroa (1-4) started and got the win in 7.0 complete innings. He allowed five hits and five runs with three walks and eight strikeouts.
Courtesy: Alabama A&M Sports Information
Jackson State 7 Alcorn State 4
JACKSON, Miss. – Jackson State defeated Alcorn State, 7-4 to take the rubber game of the three game series on Sunday.
The Tigers (28-15, 17-7 SWAC) opened the scoring in the fourth. Jesus Santana knocked in a bunt that allowed a run to score to give JKST the 1-0 lead.
Alcorn State (11-32,n6-15 SWAC) answered in the top of the fifth. Devin Walden knocked in an RBI single to put the Braves on the board. Later, Wallace Rios Jimenez walked with the bases loaded to allow a run to score. Justin Barna than hit a sacrifice fly to allow a run to score from third, to give the Braves the 3-1 lead after five.
ALCN added another run in the top of the sixth. A.J. Makarewicz knocked in an RBI single to give the Braves the 4-1 advantage.
Jackson State cut its deficit to two in the bottom of the sixth. Raul Hernandez grounded out to shortstop, but was able to generate a run for the Tigers, to make the score 4-2.
The Tigers completed the comeback in the eighth. JKST scored five runs in the bottom of the inning. Rahman Williams hit an three run homer to complete the comeback and put the game out of reach, making the score 7-4, which stood as the final.
Williams went 1 for 3 from the plate to pace the Tigers offensively in the victory.
Makarewicz was 3 for 4 with one run scored and one RBI for the Braves in the defeat.
Prairie View A&M 8 Southern 6
BATON ROUGE, La. – Prairie View A&M defeated Southern, 8-6 in a back and fourth contest on Sunday.
The Panthers (12-29, 7-14 SWAC) came out hit, scoring three runs in the top of the first to take the early lead. Steven Williams hit a single that drove in two of the three runs in the inning.
Southern (9-30, 6-15 SWAC) got on the board in the bottom of the first. A run scord on a John Pope ground out to make the score 3-1.
Prairie View A&M added another run in the second to make the score 4-1.
The Jaguars answered in the bottom of the third, scoring all three runs by way of a PVAM throwing error, to tie the game at 4-4.
The Panthers scored two runs in the fifth, to take the lead back and make the score 6-4. Tyler Gordon doubled to drive in one of the two runs.
Southern scored one run in the 6-5. PVAM answered in the ninth, scoring two runs to make the score 8-6.
Southern was unable to complete the comeback, scoring two runs in the ninth, to come up one run short, for the 8-7 final.
Williams was 2 for 5 from the plate with three RBis and two runs scored for the Panthers in the win.
Pope was 2 for 3 with two RBis for the Jaguars in the loss.
Texas Southern 13 Arkansas Pine Bluff 3
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Texas Southern defeated Arkansas Pine Bluff 13-3 to take the series in the deciding game on Sunday.
The Golden Lions (17-19, 10-9) took the early lead, scoring one run in the bottom of the first to make the score 1-0.
Texas Southern (21-24, 15-5 SWAC) took control of the game in the fourth. The Tigers scored eight runs in the frame, to take a commanding 8-1 lead.
UAPB answered in the bottom of the inning. The Golden Lions scored two runs to trim the deficit to 8-3.
The Tigers put the game out of reach late, scoring five runs over the final three innings to take the 13-3 win.
Jose Camacho was 2 for 5 with two RBis and one run scored in the win for TXSO.
Sergio Esparza went 1 for 4 with one run scored in the loss for UAPB.