Alabama State Baseball Hosts Pair of Midweek Games Against In-State Competition

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama State returns to action at the Wheeler-Watkins Complex for a pair of midweek games following their first series sweep of the season, beginning Tuesday night.

Alabama State (5-1) will send Ricardo Rivera (0-0, 0.00 ERA) to the mound against Samford Tuesday night with first pitch scheduled for 6 pm. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs will counter with Gene Hurst (0-0, 9.00 ERA). The Hornets will then turn their attention to UAB (6-1) Wednesday night with first pitch scheduled for 6 pm. Alabama State will send Gage Dollar (1-0, 7.36 ERA) to the mound to face the Blazers’ Graham Ashcraft (0-0, 0.00 ERA).

Alabama State enters the contests this week off a sweep of Purdue Fort Wayne, a series in which the Hornets averaged 10.3 runs per game in the three games. The midweek games will be the first for the Hornets this season, as their midweek games last week against South Alabama (fog in the fourth inning) and Alabama (rain) were postponed due to weather.

Tickets are available for the contest, and can be purchased for $5 at the gate the day of the game. Children five and under are admitted free, and the Alabama State University Clear Bag Policy is in place for all home games at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex.

Inside the Alabama State Hornets

  • Alabama State enters the midweek contests following a weekend sweep of Purdue Fort Wayne at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex, a weekend in which they averaged 10.3 runs per game.
  • The Hornets have scored in double digits in four of their six games, with all four games on the winning end for Alabama State.
  • Yamil Pagan finished the week hitting .454 (5-of-11) in three games with a home run and six runs batted in. He also scored six runs, recorded a pair of stolen bases, walked three times and had a pair of sacrifice hits for the Hornets in a three-game sweep of Purdue Fort Wayne. The senior had multiple hits in two of the three games, including the final game of the series in which he went 2-for-5 with three runs scored and an RBI.
  • Darren Kelly made his second appearance since a season-ending arm injury last March that required Tommy John surgery. The redshirt senior went 4.0 innings in a pre-determined start to pick up the win against Purdue Fort Wayne; 7-1 on Saturday in the second game of the series to help the Hornets pick up the series win. Kelly struck out six and walked a pair, while not allowing a run or a hit in the win. He now has nine strikeouts in just six innings of work (two starts).
  • Jeremy Rivera (1-0) picked up his first collegiate victory in relief in his collegiate debut on Sunday against Purdue Fort Wayne. He logged 3.2 innings, not allowing a hit or a run, while walking three and striking out five. Nate Gerard, a converted catcher, made his third appearance of the season going 3.0 innings against Purdue Fort Wayne on Saturday, allowing a pair of hits while striking out two.
  • Noel Cheneau finished the week hitting .538 (7-of-13) for the Hornets, collecting four runs batted in and three runs scored. He also added a double and a pair of stolen bases, while drawing on walk. Meanwhile, Cameron Hearn hit .556 (5-of-9) on the week with four runs scored and three runs batted in, while picking up a double and a stolen base. Eriq White and Cristopher DeGuzman each had big weeks for the Hornets at the plate, picking up five and six hits respectively against Purdue Fort Wayne in a three-game series.
  • The come-from-behind Sunday 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.

Inside the Samford Bulldogs

  • Samford (3-3) clinched their series over Xavier Sunday with a 10-9 victory over the visitors on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning.
  • Max Pinto, who had the game-winning RBI, finished 2-for-3 with a home run and three runs batted in during the finale, while Taylor Garris and Preston Moore each went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
  • Stephen Jones picked up the win pitching the final two innings, giving up three runs on four hits for Samford.
  • The Bulldogs come into the contest hitting .261 with 21 extra base hits, including 13 doubles and seven home runs. Brooks Carlson leads Samford in hitting at .524 this season with 11 hits – six of which are for extra bases – and Jordan Fucci is hitting .292 with a pair of home runs.
  • On the mound, Samford has a cumulative earned run average of 5.54 in 52 innings pitched this season.

Inside the UAB Blazers

  • UAB (6-1) enters the midweek contest after their second series sweep of the season, sweeping Holy Cross at home in Birmingham.
  • A pair of comeback victories lifted the UAB baseball team to a Sunday sweep of Holy Cross in Troy in two seven inning contests. The Blazers took game one 8-2 and game two 6-2. UAB registered its second consecutive weekend series sweep, opening a season with two straight series sweep for the first time since the 2016 campaign.
  • As a team, the Blazers are hitting .309 with 18 extra base hits – including 14 doubles and three home runs. The Blazers have four players hitting over .400 through the first seven games of the 2019 season.
  • Meanwhile, on the mound, UAB has a cumulative earned run average of 2.79 in 58.0 innings pitched and have combined to strike out 61.

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