Alabama State Baseball Opens With Victory At Andre Dawson Classic

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NEW ORLEANS, La. – Alabama State scored 20-plus runs in a game for the first time since 2017, defeating UAPB in the opening game of the Andre Dawson MLB Classic, 23-12 at Maestri Field Friday afternoon.
Alabama State (1-0) last scored 20-plus runs in May 2017 when they scored 25 against Prairie View A&M in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Tournament. They plated 11 runs in the top of the first to get things started on the day, and added another eight in the fourth.
Vital Statistics
WP – Gage Dollar (1-0) – 2.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER
LP – Peyton Burks (0-1) – 0.1 IP, 4 H, 9 R, 5 ER
2B – Ryan Malliso; Sergio Espar; Bryce Roesch; Eriq WhiteNoel CheneauDerrick Dennis. HR – Ryan Malliso; Austin Krzem; Eriq WhiteSantiago GarciaNoel CheneauCristopher DeGuzman.How it Happened
Alabama State opened the game with 11 runs in the first inning on just five hits, and taking advantage of three UAPB (0-1) errors in the inning. The Hornets also took advantage of three walks and three extra base hits.

Eriq White, playing in his first game in over a year, doubled in his first at-bat of the season; before hitting a three-run home run in the same inning to give Alabama State a 10-2 lead. In between the pair of extra base hits from White, Alabama State also got RBIs in the inning from Noel Cheneau (RBI double), Chris Lewis and Derrick Dennis (two-run single).

After UAPB added eight of their own in the third to pull to within 11-10 and chase Alabama State starter Darrius Wright, the Hornets came back with four in the bottom half of the inning to extend the lead to 15-10.

The big blow in the inning came after a pair of walks and a hit batter, when Santiago Garcia connected for his first career grand slam to account for all of the runs in the inning.

Alabama State finished things off with eight more runs in the fourth inning. Cheneau hit his first home run of the season, another grand slam for the Hornets, to push the score to 19-10. Dennis added an RBI double to right to push the lead to 20-10, before Cristopher DeGuzman hit his first career home run – a three-run homer run – to push the lead to 23-10.

The Hornets allowed a run in each the fifth and the seventh before pulling out the run-rule victory.

Noteworthy
Alabama State finished with seven extra base hits on the day – three doubles and four home runs, including a pair of grand slams.

The Hornets scored 20-plus runs for the first time since the 2017 SWAC Tournament against Prairie View A&M.

Nate Gerard made his first appearance on the mound out of the bullpen, logging 1.2 innings pitched. He allowed just one run (earned) off of one hit, and struck out two.

DeGuzman connected on his first career home run, while Garcia and Cheneau each connected on their first career grand slam for Alabama State.

Three players scored four runs in the game for the Hornets, and another five scored two runs in the contest; while four players finished the night with multiple hits.

White returned to action for the first time in a year, connecting for a double and a home run in the first inning of the contest.

Alabama State was one of a handful of games beginning at 12 pm (cst), one hour behind the earliest start time of the 2019 season.

What’s Next
Alabama State returns to action at Maestri Field Saturday night against Prairie View A&M, with first pitch scheduled for 7 pm.

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