Alabama State Completes Season Sweep of Alcorn State In Slugfest

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama State completed their season sweep of Alcorn State with a 23-15 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) victory at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex Sunday afternoon in a four-hour affair.

Alabama State (20-15, 14-3 SWAC) fell behind early, but like they have done all weekend, put together a big inning to pull away from Alcorn State. The Hornets scored nine in the fourth, and another eight in the fifth, to take a commanding 21-11 lead midway through the game. They would add two more in the eighth to tie their season-best total of 23 runs, matching the season opener against UAPB.

All nine players in the lineup picked up a hit for the second time over the weekend for the Hornets, and all nine scored at least one run. As a team, Alabama State drew 17 walks and got hit by a pitch one time, with eight of the players in the lineup drawing either a walk or hit by pitch. It didn’t stop there as junior Cameron Hearn became the final starter for the Hornets to hit a home run on the season with his first Sunday.

Alabama State picked up 10 extra base hits, including six home runs in the win – highlighted by Noel Cheneau picking up a pair of home runs in the same game for the first time in his career.

The Hornets played as the visiting team on the day since the game was a make-up from a game lost due to rain in March on the road in Lorman (Miss.). Although they were the visitors, Alabama State scored in double figures for the sixth time in six games against Alcorn State on the season.

Eriq White led five players with multiple hits on the day, finishing 4-for-5 with a pair of runs scored, a run batted in and three doubles – giving him 11 on the season. Cheneau finished 3-for-6 with a pair of home runs and six runs batted in. while Hunter May finished 3-for-6 with his sixth home run of the season.

Cristopher DeGuzman drove in seven runs, a career high from the ninth spot in the order, as he finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored and a double – his third of the season. He also hit his third home run of the season down the right field line late in the game. Nate Gerard (2-0), the fourth pitcher of the day, picked up the win working 3.2 innings and allowing three runs (all earned) on seven hits with four strikeouts.

Over the course of the weekend, Alabama State .445 with 71 runs scored on 65 hits. The Hornets picked up 29 extra base hits – 12 doubles, five triples and 15 home runs – while drawing 37 walks. They were also hit seven times as a team, and slugged .863 over the course of four games. They also picked up quality starts from Ricardo Rivera and Darren Kelly over the Braves to help the Hornets hold on to the three-game advantage in the loss column over Jackson State.

Alabama State returns to action Tuesday night on the road at North Alabama in Florence (Ala.), with first pitch set for 5 pm. The game will be carried on the Hornet Sports Network, before the Hornets work their way over to Huntsville (Ala.) for a three-game series at Alabama A&M beginning Thursday.

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