Alabama A&M Bulldogs Post Second Straight Shutout of Alcorn State





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LORMAN, Miss. – It’s not an easy task to post a shutout in baseball in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
It’s especially difficult to do it on the road.
But, to do it twice – on the road – that’s saying something.
And the Bulldogs made a statement Saturday with their 7-0 blanking of Alcorn State. It came on the heels of Friday’s 4-0 win over the Braves.
The games were the first back-to-back shutouts in the NCAA Division I history of Bulldogs baseball.
And, they enabled A&M to take over third place in the SWAC Eastern Division.
Blaine Milam pitched a strong seven innings Saturday in picking up his third win of the season. He scattered seven hits while striking out five with no walks.
Brandon Marsonek came on in the eighth inning for his 19th appearance this season. He struck out five batters and ran his SWAC-leading total to 54.
At the plate, Wilanier Betancourt had a career-most three hits, including a double. Cornelious Woods and Carlton Peppers each singled and doubled while Pierre Brewton had a two-run double.
The Bulldogs didn’t waste any time Saturday in providing some offensive support to Milam.
Betancourt ripped a one-out double to left field in the first inning and scored on Carson McGregory‘s single up the middle.
In the fourth inning, the Bulldogs took advantage of Alcorn State’s miscues in the field and control problems on the mound.
After McGregory drew a walk to lead off the inning, Woods doubled with one out and McGregory reached third.
Then, one out later, Brewton walked to load the bases. McGregory later scored on a wild pitch and Woods and Brewton moved up a base.
Njike Hunter reached first when the Alcorn first baseman couldn’t come up with his hit, allowing Woods and Brewton to score for the 4-0 Bulldog lead.
The Bulldogs also provided some defensive support for Milam to preserve the shutout.
In the third inning, the Braves had runners at the corners and two outs. Kevin Cormier hit a sinking liner to right field and A&M’s Dalton Mitchell made a sliding catch to end the inning.
Alcorn State threatened again in the fifth inning when Wilbert Malphus singled with one out.
However, when he attempted to steal second, catcher Zeth Malcom threw a strike to Brewton, who was covering on the play, to nail Malphus.
The play turned out to be big because Wallace Rios-Jimenez doubled with two outs. Der’Vincent Hamilton hit a shot to shallow right where Mitchell raced through the soggy outfield grass to make the catch for the third out.
The Bulldogs wrapped up the scoring with a three-run ninth inning – all the runs coming with two outs.
McGregory walked again with one out and, with two outs, advanced to second on a wild pitch. Woods singled to center to drive home McGregory for the 5-0 lead.
A&M scored the final two runs on back-to-back doubles by Peppers and Brewton.
The Bulldogs and Braves wrap up the three-game series Sunday at 1 p.m.

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