Texas Southern Wins West Division Title
Texas Southern 8 Grambling State 1
HOUSTON, Texas – The Tigers of Texas Southern University claimed its third Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division championship in program history Friday with an 8-1 win over visiting Grambling.
Led by seven strong innings from pitcher Aron Solis and a 4-for-5 day at the plate by Kamren Dukes, the Tigers (22-25) improved their record in conference play to 16-5, three and one-half games ahead of Grambling with two games remaining in the regular season.
Dukes stretched his hitting streak to 32 games with a double in the second inning, one of two doubles he hit Friday. The 32-game hitting streak is the longest currently active streak in the nation, and tied for the second longest streak by a Division I player in 2018.
The senior from Pearland, Texas, claimed another spot in TSU’s athletics history, as Dukes’ four hits pushed his single-season total to 81 hits. Dukes broke the previous mark of 77 hits by Ray Hernandez during the 2010 season.
Meanwhile, Solis shut down the Grambling (22-21, 13-9 SWAC) bats as he scattered six hits and only one run while not walking any batters. With the win, Solis improved to a team-leading record of 8-3 for the season.
Seth Oliver pitched the final two innings and struck out one batter and allowed two hits while not allowing a run.
Jose Cabreja picked up what turned out to be the game-winning RBI with a two-out bunt single that scored Olajide Oloruntimilehin in the bottom of the third inning. The bunt single provided the first of three TSU runs in the inning.
TSU’s Gaudencio Lucca and Blake Hicks knocked two hits in the game, while Christian Sanchez picked up two RBIs for Texas Southern.
Starting pitcher Raul Baduel (4-3) absorbed the loss for Grambling, tossing five innings and allowing four runs, three of them earned. Drexler Macaay provided the visitors’ lone run with a solo home run down the left field line in the top of the seventh inning.
Courtesy: Texas Southern Sports Information
Alcorn State 4 Alabama A&M 3
LORMAN, Miss. – After fighting back from an 0-3 hole through four and a half, the Alcorn State University baseball program earned a walk-off win over Alabama A&M 4-3 Friday night at Willie E. "Rat" McGowan Stadium.
Brendly Martina, who entered the game as a pinch runner in the ninth and stayed in at shortstop, started off the bottom of the 11th with a walk. The junior from Willemstad, Curacao native then moved up to second on an A.J. Makarewiczsacrifice bunt to the pitcher. Devin Walden reached on a Bulldog (10-37, 7-15 SWAC) error by the shortstop, which allowed Martina to come in for the decisive score.
Der'Vincent Hamilton finished the night 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and a run. Hunter Wilson also posted a 2-for-4 effort with an RBI in the cleanup spot. Justin Barna, named the SWAC Hitter of the Week Monday, earned his first triple of the season as he went 1-for-4 and scored a run. Makarewicz brought in the other run for the Braves (12-32, 7-15) as the Orlando, Fla. transplant batted 1-for-2 and added a walk. Wallace Rios Jimenez also went 1-for-2 at the plate and drew three bases on balls.
Razedrick Winters picked up his second win of the season, improving to 2-2, after tossing 2.0 innings of relief. The Jackson, Miss. product gave up one hit and struck out two of the seven batters he faced. Starter Carlos Lopez went 9.0 innings and allowed three runs, all unearned, on eight hits and a walk. The junior right hander sat down eight of the 37 Bulldogs he faced in the no decision.
AAMU jumped out to a 3-0 lead on three hits and an error in the top of the third. After a groundout and strike out swinging, a hit to left and a bunt single put runners on first and second. The next Bulldog reached on a Makarewicz error, bringing in the first runner, and a double to right scored another pair.
Alcorn produced its first run in the fifth as Jordan McGowan reached on a leadoff single up the middle. A failed pickoff attempt then allowed the sophomore to advance to third Makarewicz put the Braves on the board with a sac fly to right. The Purple and Gold added a run in the sixth as Barna hit a triple to right with one away. The senior then touched home as Hamilton struck out and was thrown out at first.
Needing a run, Rios Jimenez worked a full count to start the bottom of the eight. Barna then moved him up to second on a sac bunt, but the senior second baseman was thrown out at home trying to reach on a Hamilton single to center field. With two outs, Wilson delivered as the designated hitter drove a 2-1 offering to right center to knot the game at 3-3.
Courtesy: Alcorn State Sports Information
Alabama State 6 Mississippi Valley State 5
ITTA BENA, Miss. - Alabama State freshman Channing Walker worked nearly four innings of scoreless relief and the Hornets scored late in a 6-5 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) victory over Mississippi Valley State Friday afternoon.
Walker (2-3) came on in the sixth inning after Mississippi Valley State was able to get three runs across in the fifth to tie the game, and chase Alabama State (25-20, 16-6 SWAC) starter Darrius Wright. He worked 3.2 innings and allowed just two baserunners to reach, both via walks, before giving way to Ivanniel Vazquez with two outs in the ninth inning. The senior promptly delivered a strikeout for his third save of the season.
The freshman was able to hold Mississippi Valley State (11-29, 9-13 SWAC) off long enough for the Hornets to get a run across in the seventh to take the lead. Gustavo Rios reached on a one-out double to left and scored on a two-out single by Hunter Allen, his third RBI of the day, to give the Hornets a 6-5 lead.
Alabama State scored all six of their runs with two outs, beginning with a solo home run by Ray Hernandez with two outs in the first for the 1-0 lead. Mississippi Valley State was able to take the lead with a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the inning, the first of five unearned runs on the day for the Delta Devils.
Cage Cox delivered a two-out single in the third to tie the game at 2-all as he scored Joseph Estrada. The Hornets added two more runs in the inning when Allen doubles home Rios and Cox for a 5-3 lead. Mississippi Valley State was able to get a pair of runs in the fifth to take a 5-4 lead, before Alabama State was able to tie it in the sixth.
After Hunter Phillips reached, he was sacrificed to second on a bunt from Cristopher DeGuzman before Estrada delivered a two-out double to tie the game at 5-all.
Estrada finished the day 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored with a pair of doubles, as the Hornets pounded out 15 hits. Hernandez finished 3-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI, while Rios finished 3-for-4 with a pair runs scored. Allen collected three RBI as he finished 3-for-4 on the day.
Courtesy: Alabama State Athletic Strategic Comunications