2015 SIAC Baseball Conference Championship Game Day Recaps Day 1 & 2


2015 SIAC Baseball Championship


Day 2 Game

Tigers Defeat Claflin, 6-5, In Day 2 of SIAC Championship


COLUMBIA, S.C. – Stillman College Baseball used a come-from-behind effort in the eighth inning to defeat Claflin, 6-5, to advance in the 2015 SIAC Championship.  Tim Rogers tossed a nine-inning complete game, his fourth of the season, to earn the victory.

Stillman vs. Claflin

Pablo De Armas scored the first run of the game on an Nick Vitale RBI-single to left centerfield, De Armas led the game off with a single to left field.  Claflin responded with single runs in the third and fourth and a pair of runs in the fifth for the 4-1 advantage heading to the bottom of the fifth.

E.J. Perry started the inning with a double before Hank Parker walked.  A free pass to Lucas Bigler loaded the bases before Perry scored when De Armas was hit by a pitch.  Parker scored on a double play off the bat of Drew Burdsell – De Armas was out on the play.  Bigler crossed the plate on the RBI-double to left field by Paul Winterbottom.  Stillman loaded the bases with two outs but could not score, ending the inning with the score tied, 4-4.

Claflin scored once in the sixth to take the 5-4 lead, scoring for the fourth straight inning.  Stilman (13-19, 12-5 SIAC) used a two-run eighth to take the lead for good.  Taylor Ellis reached when he was hit by a pitch before advancing to second on a Perry single to center.  Jordan Hembrick-Holloman came in the game to pinch run for Ellis and scored on a Parker single to left.  Albert Rafael and Armando Gonzalez came in the game to pinch-run with Rafael scoring on on the RBI-single from Bigler for the final run of the game.

Rogers (3-3) evened his record with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.  Rogers struck out six and walk only one in nine innings.  Perry, 2-for-3, recorded the only multi-hit game as the Tigers had just eight hits in the game.  Stillman will play tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. from Capital City Park versus Albany State, ASU defeated Miles and Benedict thus far.


Day 1 Games

Tigers Outlast Paine Behind 4-for-5 Day from Winterbottom


COLUMBIA, S.C. – Stillman College, after falling behind Paine College 4-0 following three innings, rolled off 14 unanswered runs to end the game via conference run rule in the bottom of the seventh in the opening round of the SIAC Baseball Championships at Capital City Park Thursday afternoon.

The Tigers, the second seed in the SIAC West, entered what would be the final stanza ahead by one run. Right fielder Paul Winterbottom started the action with a leadoff homer, then doubled and drove in another run in his second at-bat. E.J. Perry, Lucas Bigler, and Nick Vitale each batted in runs. Defensive miscues by Paine (one error, one passed ball, and one balk) produced three more runs to account for a nine-run seventh inning.


The Lions, third seed in the SIAC East, grabbed the initial lead from a single and three walks. Right fielder Adam Martin laid down a RBI bunt to make the score 2-0. In the third, shortstop Brad Doebler brought two more home with a two-out double.

The home team reduced the lead to one after a three-run fourth. Shortstop Fernando Tanaka pushed Winterbottom, who reached on a leadoff double, across, then scored himself off an Albert Rafael sacrifice fly. Vitale sandwiched a run between Winterbottom’s and Tanaka’s on a Paine passed ball, one of five on the day.

Stillman added solo runs in the fifth and sixth on a Tanaka sacrifice and Bigler’s double.

Hunter Hood went the distance for the Tigers to pick up the win. Settling down after allowing four runs, three walks and six hits in the first three innings, he surrendered only one walk and no hits the rest of the way. Paine’s Juan Berger, effective through three innings, took the loss after giving up Stillman’s fifth run.

Winterbottom (4), Bigler (3), Tanaka (2), Perry (2), and Pablo De Armas (2) each had multiple-RBI days at the plate. Paine’s Martin had two RBIs.

Stillman will play Claflin, the 4-3 winner in the tournament’s opening game, tomorrow at 3 p.m., while Paine will contend with Tuskegee in the elimination bracket at 9 a.m.


Day 1 Game

Golden Rams Slip Past Miles In SIAC First Round

Columbia, S.C.- Sophomore Jonatan Galan collected three hits, including a solo homerun, to lead the Albany State Golden Rams to a 3-2 win over Miles College in the opening round of the 2015 SIAC Baseball Championship Tournament. With the win, ASU, the East Division’s No. 3 seed, improves to 17-31 and advances in the winner’s bracket where they will face either Benedict or Kentucky State.

Albany States Jonatan Galan

Miles, the No. 2 seed from the SIAC West Division, falls to 16-26 overall. The Golden Bears will play the loser between BC and KSU.

Miles scored a run in the bottom of the first and second innings to take an early 2-0 lead. Albany State finally got on the scoreboard in the top of the third when Reise McDaniel hit a single to score Jeremy Arrington and cut the Golden Rams deficit to 2-1. Galan smashed his aforementioned homerun at the beginning of the next inning to tie the score at two.

In the eighth inning, Albany State recorded what would eventually be the game’s winning run. After Galan hit a triple, Terence Worthy nailed a sacrifice to send him home for a 3-2 edge. ASU was able to hold the Golden Bears at bay the rest of the contest.

Galan also had a single to go with his homer and triple. Cullen Coulter (5-6) was the winning pitcher for the Golden Rams. The team had seven hits and one error.

Albany State will play the winner of the Benedict-Kentucky State on Friday, April 24 at 6 p.m


Day 1 Game

Tigers Down Kentucky State In SIAC Baseball Tournament, 15-4

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Benedict College Tigers jumped out to an early five-run lead and then closed out the game with seven runs in the seventh inning to take a 15-4 victory over Kentucky State in the opening round of the 2015 SIAC Baseball Championship at Capital City Stadium.

Shomarii Thomas had an RBI double in the five-run first inning, then closed out the game with a walk-off three-run homer in the seventh. Thomas finished the game going 3-for-5 with three runs scored and five RBIs.

Benedict College Shomarii Thomas

Benedict, now 23-15, advances to face Albany State in a winner’s bracket game on Friday night. Kentucky State, 13-22, drops to the loser’s bracket and will face Miles at noon in an elimination contest.

The Tigers jumped out to the early lead thanks to four hits and a pair of Kentucky State errors. Thomas and Andre Collum had back-to-back RBI doubles. Andrew McCoy and Skyler Sabado bunted in a pair of runs.

Benedict made it 7-0 with a pair of runs in the second inning. Thomas doubled to right field to score Rodney Beach, while Collum followed with a single to center field to score Thomas.

The Thorobreds got on the board in the third inning when Kyle Clark hit into a bases-loaded double play with no outs to score Justin Stinson.

Benedict added another run in the bottom of the third for an 8-1 lead. David White Jr. led off with a single and Mitchell Dixon followed with a double with White holding at third. White came home on a groundout by McCoy.

The Thorobreds scored three runs in the fourth inning to cut the lead to 8-4, getting one run on a bases-loaded walk and scoring the other two on wild pitches.

The score stayed 8-4 until the bottom of the seventh. McCoy hit a bases-loaded single to score two runs. Dixon scored on a wild pitch and Kevin Davis had an RBI single. Thomas then closed out the contest with a three-run homer.

Robert Troiano III picked up the win on the mound to improve to 4-4. Christopher Lail came in relief for the final 3 1/3 innings and struck out four and did not allow a run.


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