Alabama State Earns Split During Final Day Of Hoover Classic





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HOOVER, Ala. – The Alabama State University baseball team picked up a split on Saturday as the Hornets edged Iowa, 4-3, but fell to Morehead State, 7-5, during the final day of the Hoover Classic at the Hoover Met.

“It was a great job from our guys today,” Alabama State head coach Jose` Vazquez said. “They battled after playing a doubleheader yesterday and coming in getting ready to play two more today. The first game we fought well. There were just a few things that didn’t go our way, but the guys battled in the second game to beat a very good opponent in Iowa. I am very proud of the guys for fighting this weekend.”

Against Iowa, Alabama State (2-6) drew first blood as the Hornets got a two-run homer to left by Gustavo Rios to grab a 2-0 advantage in the second inning.

The Hornets increase the lead to 4-0 in the third inning with two runs on two hits and took advantage of a Hawkeye error.

With one out, Carlos Ocasio reached on an error and Ray Hernandez followed with a base hit to center. Chris Biocic walked to load the bases and Cage Cox singled to right to plate Ocasio and Hernandez.

Iowa (3-3) scored a run in the bottom of the inning third, one in the fifth and another in the seventh to cut the margin to 4-3, but the Hawkeyes couldn’t overcome an outstanding pitching performance by Terrell McCall and Patrick Coffin.

McCall (1-1) pitched seven strong innings to pick up the win. He gave up three runs on five hits with six walks and five strikeouts, while throwing 121 pitches. Coffin worked the final two innings in relief as he gave up one hit and fanned one.

Rios paced the Alabama State offense with two hits. Edgardo Rivera, Eriq White, Ocasio, Hernandez, Biocic and Cox each recorded one hit.

Cole McDonald (1-1) took the loss as he surrendered four runs on seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Josh Martsching and Nick Nelsen saw action in relief.

Against Morehead State, Alabama State fell behind early as the Eagles plated three runs on two hits in the first to grab a 3-0 advantage.

The Hornets used a three-run third to tie the game as Rivera doubled down the line in right and with one out, Ocasio reached on an error. Rivera scored on an error and Biocic doubled to right center to score Ocasio. Biocic advanced to third on a wild pitch and came in to score when Hunter Phillips reached on an error.

Morehead State (5-2) scored three runs on three hits in the sixth to grab a 6-3 advantage.

Alabama State rallied with two runs in the eighth to cut the deficit to 6-5.

With one down in the frame, Biocic singled to right and advanced to second on a Phillips groundout. Cage Cox and Hunter Allen drew back-to-back walks and White singled to plate Biocic and Cage.

The Eagles plated in the run in the eighth to take the two-game series, 7-5.

Biocic led Alabama State with two hits, while Rivera, Ocasio and White each had one.

Brandon Caples (0-2) took the loss on the mound. He was tagged for six runs on six hits with six strikeouts and three walks. Austin Bizzle pitched two innings in relief.

Will Schneider recorded two hits and scored twice to lead the Morehead State offense.

Curtis Wilson pitched 4.1 innings as he gave up three unearned runs on three hits and six strikeouts. Dom Masullo (1-0) picked up the win in 1.2 innings of relief. David Calderon and Cable Wright also pitched in relief.

Alabama State will take two days off before traveling to Cartersville, Ga., to face Ohio. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.

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