Alabama A&M Bulldogs Take Down Mississippi Valley State

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HUNTSVILLE – The Bulldogs rode solid pitching and a five-run third inning Friday to take a 9-6 win over Mississippi Valley State.

The win snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Bulldogs (5-16 overall, 2-2 SWAC).

The Bulldogs and Delta Devils continue their three-game SWAC series Saturday at 3 p.m. and wrap it up Sunday at 1 p.m. at Bulldog Field.

Caleb Gay (1-2) scattered 10 hits over 6 1/3 innings. He gave up six runs – three earned – while striking out four and walking three.

Brandon Marsonek pitched 2 2/3 no-hit, shutout innings to notch his third save. He struck out three and walked two while retiring eight of the 10 batters he faced.

The Bulldogs got on the board in the first inning when Dalton Mitchell, who got on base with a leadoff walk and stole second, scored when Carson McGregory reached base on an error.
The Delta Devils (2-12, 1-6) tied the score in the top of the third.

But then the Bulldog bats went to work.

Zeth Malcom led off with a single and, one out later, Cornelious Woods walked and Pierre Brewton reached on an error.

Malcom scored on a single by Wilanier Betancourt and Woods made it 3-1 on a fielder’s choice RBI by Brandon Whitaker. Betancourt then scored as Njike Hunter reached on another MVSU error.

Mitchell followed with a single to score Whitaker and Carlton Peppers brought home Hunter with his RBI single and a 6-1 lead.

In the fourth, Whitaker made the score 8-1 when he singled to drive in Brewton and McGregory, who each had singled earlier in the inning.

The Delta Devils struck for three runs in the top of the fifth to cut A&M’s lead to 8-4.

However, in the bottom of the fifth, Woods singled to knock in Peppers and widen the lead to 9-4.

MVSU added a run in the sixth and a run in the seventh for the final 9-6 score.

Woods was 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored as he raised his average to .377. Whitaker had two hits and three RBIs, along with a run scored while Brewton and Mitchell each also singled twice.

 

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