Alabama State Baseball Completes Sweep of Purdue Fort Wayne




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Hornets come from down late in the game to win it in the ninth


MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama State won in walk-off fashion for the second time this season, capping off a come-from-behind 10-9 victory over Purdue Fort Wayne Sunday afternoon at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex to complete the sweep of the Mastadons.
Alabama State (5-1) trailed 9-8 after the fifth inning and were able to keep the Mastadons at bay for the final four innings to give themselves a chance in the ninth. The Hornets used a leadoff walk by Trevor Jurjevich and a sacrifice bunt from Cristopher DeGuzman to set the stage for the rally in the bottom of the ninth inning. Yamil Pagan singled up the middle to score Jurjevich to tie the game at 9-all, before he stole second and scored the game-winning run on a ball mishandled off the bat of Eriq White.

Jeremy Rivera (1-0) picked up the win his collegiate debut, working 3.2 innings of relief for the Hornets. He did not allow a run, nor give up a hit, while walking three and striking out five. The freshman was one of five pitchers used for the Hornets in the win. Alabama State recorded nine hits on the day, with three players picking up multiple hits in the win led by Noel Cheneau who finished 3-for-4 with three runs batted in. Meanwhile, Pagan and Chris Lewis each picked up a pair of hits for the Hornets in the win.

Vital Statistics
WP – Jeremy Rivera (1-0); 3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
LP – Justin Miller (0-1); 5.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 8 K

2B – Robert Young III; Alec Brunson; Camden Nisenson. SB – Yamil Pagan. CS – Noel Cheneau. HBP – Trenton Stoner; Cameron Hearn.

How it Happened
Alabama State jumped out to an early lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning beginning with a fly ball from Santiago Garcia to center. The runners moved up 90 feet, with Yamil Pagan scoring on a throwing error for the 1-0 lead. The Hornets extended the lead to 2-0 when Noel Cheneau singled to right to score Cameron Hearn.

Purdue Fort Wayne answered back in the top of the second inning when Jacob Dickson hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Robert Young III who led off the inning with a double to trim the lead to 2-1. The Mastadons pulled the game even when Camden Niesenson doubled down the right field line to score Alec Brunson.

The game didn’t stay tied long as Alabama State used four walks in the bottom of the second inning to get back on the board – including a bases loaded walk to Hearn to score Trevor Jurjevich from third. The lead grew to 4-2 when Cheneau recorded his second and third RBI of the day with a two-run single to left to score Cristopher DeGuzman and Yamil Pagan. Alabama State took advantage of a balk with the bases loaded that scored Hearn for a 6-2 lead before the inning was ended.

The Mastadons got back on the board in the top of third with a double from Young to right center to score Travis Upp – trimming the Alabama State lead to 6-3. Purdue Fort Wayne trimmed the lead to 6-4 in the top of the fourth inning when Garrett Mohler singled to right to score Trenton Stoner with two outs in the inning.

Alabama State got back on the board in the bottom of the half of the fourth inning when Cheneau reached on a walk and advanced to third on a single by Chris Lewis. He would eventually score on a balk – the second of the game – by the Mastadons, extending the lead to 7-4.

Purdue Fort Wayne took the lead in the fifth inning when they put five on the board beginning with a two-run single by Stoner to trim the lead to 7-6. The Mastadons then took advantage of a wild pitch to tie the game, and then took the lead on a fielding error before extending the lead with a bases loaded walk to extend the lead to 9-7.

Alabama State got a run back in the bottom of the fifth inning when White scored on a wild pitch with Cheneau at the plate to pull within a run at 9-8.

The Hornets found themselves down a run heading to the bottom of the night inning before Jurjevich drew a leadoff walk. He was pushed to second on a sacrifice by DeGuzman, and scored the tying run on a Yamil Pagan single up the middle to even the game at 9-all. After Pagan stole second, Eriq White won it with a ball hit to short that was mishandled and allowed Pagan to come around to score.

Freshman Jeremy Rivera picked up his first collegiate victory Sunday against Purdue Fort Wayne. The freshman came on and logged 3.2 innings pitched without giving up a run or hit. He ended the day with three walks and five strikeouts.

Britt Buckelew made his 2019 debut and lasted one inning, giving up five runs (four of which were earned) for the Hornets.

The come-from-behind victory was the second this season for the Hornets, who also came from behind to defeat Prairie View A&M in extra innings in the second game of the season.

The series sweep is the first of the season for the Hornets in their first true series of the season.

Alabama State has scored in double digits in five of their first six games of the 2019 season, all wins for the Hornets.

What’s Next
Alabama State returns to action this week at home in a pair of midweek games at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex, beginning with Samford at 6 pm Tuesday night.

The Hornets face UAB at home Wednesday night, with first pitch scheduled for 6 pm, before a three-game set to open conference play against Mississippi Valley State this weekend.

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