Baseball Recaps: May 1
Murray State 13 Alabama A&M 5
MURRAY, Ky. - Alabama A&M was unable to keep pace with Murray State, as the Bulldogs fell 13-5 on Tuesday night.
Alabama A&M (10-36) got on the board first. J.T. O’Reel singled to center field in the top of the first inning, to drive in the first run of the contest. O’Reel later would score on a balk, to give the Bulldogs the 2-0 lead early.
Murray State answered in the first, scoring two runs of its own, to tie the score at 2-2.
Murray State took the lead in the second, scoring three runs to take a 5-2 advantage.
O’Reel kept his hot bat alive in the third. He belted a three run homer to even the score at 5-5 heading into the fourth.
The Bulldogs were unable to keep the offense up, and failed to keep pace with Murray State. MSU scored two runs in the fifth and seventh innings, and added three more in the eighth, for the 13-5 final.
O’Reel had a hand in all of the Bulldogs runs in the defeat, going 2 for 4 from the plate with two runs scored and four RBIs.
Louisiana Monroe 16, Grambling State 2
MONROE, La. - The Grambling State University baseball team jumped out to an early lead, but it was short lived as Louisiana-Monore used a seven-run first inning to pick up a 16-2 victory on Tuesday night at Warhawk Field.
Grambling State (22-20) struck first in the opening inning as Ace Felder led off the game with a base hit up the middle and Marshawn Taylor followed with a single to center to move Felder to third. Richard Ortiz bounced into a double play as Felder scored to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
Louisiana-Monroe (19-25) answered and used a seven-run inning, highlighted by back-to-back homers by Chad Bell and Brendan Jordan, to grab a 7-1 advantage.
The Warhawks, who avenged a loss to the Tigers two weeks ago, added to the lead with a solo homer by Peyton Lacoste to push the margin to 8-1 in the second.
Grambling State battled back in the top of the third with two outs as Felder singled and advanced to second on a passed ball. Taylor followed with a base hit to center as Felder came around to score, cutting the gap to 8-2.
The Warhawks quickly answered with a five-run third and extended the lead to 13-2.
Louisiana-Monroe put the game away in the sixth with a three-run sixth to push the margin to 16-2.
Inside the Numbers
* Grambling State tallied two runs on seven hits and left six on base.
* Ace Felder (two runs scored) and Marshawn Taylor (one RBI) each recorded two hits to lead the Tiger offense.
* Isaiah Torres, Trevin Bolden and D'Quan Matthews registered one hit apiece.
* Anthony Hernandez (1-4) started on the hill for the Tigers and took the loss after surrendering seven runs on six hits, with two walks and one strikeout in 0.2 innings of work.
* Elijah Saunders, Ryan Huntington, Kerry Boykins, Jr., Kaelin Woodard and Ryan Evans pitched in relief.
* Louisiana-Monroe finished with 16 runs on 17 hits and stranded 10 baserunners.
* Johnny DeLaCruz led the Warhawks at the plate by going 4-for-5, with two doubles and three runs scored.
* Will Daniels went 2-for-5, with a team-high three RBIs and one run scored.
* Cole Trichel (1-2) earned the victory as he gave up two runs on five hits, with three strikeouts and one walk.
* Robert Foust, Cole Hendrix, Kyle Backofen and Cade Harper pitched in relief.
Courtesy: Grambling State Sports Information