HBCU Report: Alcorn State clinches SWAC Eastern Division

Alabama A&M 6, Alcorn State 3
Alcorn State 3, Alabama A&M 2

Courtesy Alcorn State Sports Information

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Alcorn State claimed the SWAC Eastern Division title and the number one seed in the division after salvaging a doubleheader split with Alabama A&M Saturday afternoon. Alabama A&M claimed a 6-3 comeback win in game one, but Alcorn took game two 3-2 to claim the division.

With the win, Alcorn State improves to 12-3 in league play (15-24 overall). Alabama State could conceivably tie the Lady Braves record-wise, but in that case Alcorn State’s head-to-head tiebreaker over ASU comes into play.

In game one, Alcorn State jumped ahead 3-0 on AAMU (13-25, 6-8 SWAC), scoring a run in three of the first four innings. Mariah Ortiz (2-for-4, R) struck first with a RBI triple, and in the second inning Montana Holyfield (2-for-4, 2 R) scored on an error by Tamia Lee-Barbadillo. However, the Lady Braves stranded two runners in the frame.

After AAMU squandered a bases-loaded chance in the fourth, the Lady Bulldogs cashed in in the fifth with a four-run explosion highlighted by RBIs from Barbadillo, Ariel Smith and Viridiana Ramos. Barbadillo and Danielle Hansell (2-for-4) added insurance runs for the Lady Bulldogs in the sixth.

Alcorn had a chance in the seventh after errors led to two Lady Braves on base, but Caitlyn Hayden struck out Holyfield to seal the win. Hayden allowed five hits in the victory.

Madi Creed surrendered 12 hits and struck out four in the loss.

Game two started exactly as game one, with Alcorn State claiming the early advantage. Taylor Hughes hit a RBI groundout to score Sametria Collins (2-for-3), who led off the game with a double. AAMU loaded the bags in its half of the first but came up empty, and Collins extended Alcorn’s lead with a RBI single.

Alcorn State stranded two runners in the third, but Collins pushed Adriana Gutierrez across home plate with a RBI groundout in the fourth. Alabama A&M put some offense together in the bottom of the frame with a home run by Brandi Foreman, but Ambria Dorsey locked in for the Lady Braves, retiring the next 10 hitters she faced and escaped a seventh-inning jam as the Lady Braves held on for the win.

Ortiz and Vanessa Sanders each had two hits. Dorsey struck out three in a complete-game win.