HBCU Round-Up: SWAC Baseball Recaps: February 25

Baseball Recaps: February 25
Courtesy SWAC.org


Alabama A&M 4, Savannah State 3 (Game 1)

Savannah State 10, Alabama A&M 0 (Game 2, 7 innings)

BOX SCORE (Game 1)

BOX SCORE (Game 2)

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Alabama A&M Bulldogs took the first game of its double-header Saturday, 4-3, over Savannah State, thanks to a two-run eigth inning.

The Bulldogs would fall behind early, trailing Savannah State 2-0 after the first inning.  AAMU would answer in the second and third innings.  In the second, Cornelious Woods would hit a RBI double that would get the Bulldogs on the board.  Then in the third, Njike Hunter would score on a wild pitch to tie the game.

The Bulldogs would enter the eigth inning down 3-2.  Pierre Brewton would draw a walk with the bases loaded to bring in the tieing run.  The game winning run would come by way of a fielder’s choice.  The Bulldogs would hang on in the ninth, to take the win in game one.

Blain Milan would go six innnings for the Bulldogs, allowing three runs on seven hits, and strinking out three.

In game two, the Bulldogs would struggle to generate hits, AAMU would total just two hits in the contest.

Woods would go one-for two, for one of the Bulldog’s two hits.

UT Rio Grand Valley 4 , Prairie View A&M 0 (Game 1)

UT Rio Grand Valley 10, Prairie View A&M 3 (Game 2)

BOX SCORE (Game 1)

BOX SCORE (Game 2)

EDINBURG, Texas –  In the first game if its double-header, the Prairie View A&M Panthers struggled offensivley, in a 4-0 loss to Texas Rio Grand Valley on Saturday.

Prairie View would have just three hits in the contest.  Avery Williams, Andrew Garcia and Tyler Gordon would all regster a hit for the Panthers.

Edgar Sanzhez would throw eight innings for the Panthers, allowing four runs on eight hits and totaling two strikeouts in the loss.

In game two, the Panthers would fall to UTRGV, 10-3, in a game that saw Prairie View struggle on the mound, using four pitchers.

The Panthers would get on the board in foe fourth, following an RBI single by Corbin Jamison.  The Panthers would be held scoreless the rest of thr way, until the ninth inning.  Prairie View would score two runs in the ninth, but would fall the UTRGV.

Alcorn State  13, Butler 8 (Game 1)

Butler 5, Alcorn State 0 (Game 2)

BOX SCORE (Game 1)

BOX SCORE (Game 2)

LORMAN, Miss. – A 10-run inning for the Alcorn State University baseball program led it to a 13-8 win in game one of the doubleheader, but Butler bounced back to take game two 5-0 in seven innings Saturday at Willie E. “Rat” McGowan Stadium.

The Braves (3-4) trailed 3-2 in game one when it batted around for 10 runs in the seventh. Junior Wallace Rios Jimenez got it started with a double and senior Walter Vives followed with a single. Junior Kirt Cormier recorded the go-ahead hit with a double down the right field line to put Alcorn ahead 4-3 with no outs.

The inning was just getting starting from there. SeniorPatrick McMahon registered an RBI hit, and sophomoreBrandon Barna put another on the board with a sacrifice fly to right field. One through the lineup, Vives came up again and singled to right field for an RBI. Senior Justin Barnadelivered a big blow with a base-clearing three-RBI double to right center.

Alcorn added on with one more in the eighth inning on a single by senior Jason Sanez. It scored Brandon Barna who hit a one-out double down the left field line.

Sanez finished the game three-for-four with two runs and a pair of RBI. Rios also stood out with two hits, three RBI and a pair of runs scored. Eight of Alcorn’s nine starters recorded a hit in the contest.

On the mound, junior Jahborus Smith got the start and allowed just one earned run in 4.0 innings. Junior Razedrick Winters (1-0) picked up the winning after striking out five in 3.2 innings. Brock Balderson (0-1) took the loss for Butler (5-2).

In game two, Butler’s Connor Mitchell (1-0) threw a complete-game shutout and a one-hitter. He struck out 10.

Alcorn’s lone hit in the game came in the second inning when junior Nicholas Hayes-Saltare ripped a base hit up the middle.

Senior Austin Willis-Greene got the start and struck out four batters in 5.0 innings. McMahon pitched 2.0 shutout innings in relief.

Junior A.J. Makarewicz did not play in game two, but tallied two hits in game one to extend his on-base streak to six games. Justin Barna also holds a six-game on-base streak after he drew a walk in game two.

Courtesy of Alcorn State Sports Infotrmation

Grambling State 8, Hofstra 7


THIBODAUX, La. – The Grambling State Tigers defeated Hoftra, 8-7, in an offensive showdown on Saturday.

The Tigers would jump out to an early 3-2 lead early in after the second inning.  GSU would add three more runs in the sixth, with a two RBI double by Daniel Barnett, and an RBI single by Johan Mojica.  Those three runs would give the Tigers the 7-6 lead.

The game would be tied. 7-7 heading into the ninth inning.  With runners on second and third, a passed ball would allow GSU to score the winning run.

Mojica would go two for four in the game, with one RBI.

Jackson State 12, Texas Southern 4


JACKSON, Miss. – A strong performance at the plate propeled the Jackson State  to a 12-4 win over Texas Southern on Saturday.

A big first inning by JSU would give it the early lead.  Jesus Santana talled an RBI single in the inning, and Stephen Vidal added a two RBI double.

Texas Southern would get on the board in the fifth.  TSU would score two runs in that frame. with the second coming from Richard Alamo, who scored via a throwing error by JSU to make the score 7-2.

Jackson State would add three runs in the sixth, and two more in the eigth.  Texas Southern would score two runs in the ninth, but JSU would take the win.

Josua Bolden would throw five and two-thirds for JSU, allowing two hits and two runs, and striking out two.

Chris Suarez would go five innings for Texas Southern, allowing six runs and striking out four.

Morehead State 7  Alabama State 5 (Game 1)

Alabama State 4, Iowa 3 (Game 2)

BOX SCORE (Game 1)

BOX SCORE (Game 2)

HOOVER, Ala. – The Alabama State University baseball team picked up a split on Saturday as the Hornets edged Iowa, 4-3, but fell to Morehead State, 7-5, during the final day of the Hoover Classic at the Hoover Met.

Against Iowa, Alabama State (2-6) drew first blood as the Hornets got a two-run homer to left by Gustavo Rios to grab a 2-0 advantage in the second inning.

The Hornets increase the lead to 4-0 in the third inning with two runs on two hits and took advantage of a Hawkeye error.

With one out, Carlos Ocasio reached on an error and Ray Hernandez followed with a base hit to center.Chris Biocic walked to load the bases and Cage Cox singled to right to plate Ocasio and Hernandez.

McCall (1-1) pitched seven strong innings to pick up the win. He gave up three runs on five hits with six walks and five strikeouts, while throwing 121 pitches. Coffin worked the final two innings in relief as he gave up one hit and fanned one.

Rios paced the Alabama State offense with two hits. Edgardo RiveraEriq White, Ocasio, Hernandez, Biocic and Cox each recorded one hit.

Cole McDonald (1-1) took the loss as he surrendered four runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Josh Martsching and Nick Nelsen saw action in relief.

Against Morehead State, Alabama State fell behind early as the Eagles plated three runs on two hits in the first to grab a 3-0 advantage.

The Hornets used a three-run third to tie the game as Rivera doubled down the line in right and with one out, Ocasio reached on an error. Rivera scored on an error and Biocic doubled to right center to score Ocasio. Biocic advanced to third on a wild pitch and came in to score when Hunter Phillips reached on an error.

Morehead State (5-2) scored three runs on three hits in the sixth to grab a 6-3 advantage.

Alabama State rallied with two runs in the eighth to cut the deficit to 6-5.

With one down in the frame, Biocic singled to right and advanced to second on a Phillips groundout.Cage Cox and Hunter Allen drew back-to-back walks and White singled to plate Biocic and Cage.

The Eagles plated in the run in the eighth to take the two-game series, 7-5.

Biocic led Alabama State with two hits, while Rivera, Ocasio and White each had one.

Brandon Caples (0-2) took the loss on the mound. He was tagged for six runs on six hits with six strikeouts and three walks. Austin Bizzle pitched two innings in relief.

Will Schneider recorded two hits and scored twice to lead the Morehead State offense.

Curtis Wilson pitched 4.1 innings as he gave up three unearned runs on three hits and six strikeouts. Dom Masullo (1-0) picked up the win in 1.2 innings of relief. David Calderon and Cable Wright also pitched in relief.

 Courtesy of Alabama State Athletic Strategic Communications

 Tennessee at Martin 7Arkansas Pine Bluff 1


UNION CITY, Tenn. – The Arkansas Pine Bluff Golden Lions fell to Tennessee at Martin, 7-1 on Saturday.

UAPB would have just two hits in this contest.  The Golden Lions would score its lone run in the fifth inning, when Julius Jobes would score on a wild pitch.

Jones would go one for two with one run scored.

C.J. Lewington would go three innings, allowing six hits and striking out two for the Golden Lions.