Alabama State Faces Alcorn State In Three-Game Conference Set This Weekend

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LORMAN, Miss. – Alabama State hits the road for their second Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) series of the season, and for the second time in as many weeks, the weather has affected the series.

Last weekend, Alabama State (7-6, 2-1 SWAC) had to move their series finale to Saturday and into a doubleheader due to weather. This weekend, the Hornets will open with a doubleheader as weather will affect the Lorman (Miss.) area Saturday.

Alabama State and Alcorn State (4-8, 1-2 SWAC) meet in a three-game set beginning at 2 pm Friday afternoon, with the second game of the doubleheader taking place 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. The series finale will take place Sunday afternoon at 1 pm.

The Hornets will send Darrius Wright (1-0, 11.48 ERA) to the mound for the series opener, where he will be countered by Carlos Lopez (0-1, 6.11 ERA). The duo was picked on the preseason all-conference teams, with Wright earning First Team honors and Lopez Second Team.

The second game of the day will Darren Kelly (1-0, 0.00 ERA) against Jose Fernandez (0-1, 11.20 ERA). Last season, Kelly struck out 14 against Alcorn State on the back end of a 30-strikeout, two-game performance against the Braves and Southern. The final game of the series will put Ricardo Rivera (1-1, 7.00 ERA), who struck out 11 against Mississippi Valley State last weekend, against Bukhari Brown (2-0, 4.58 ERA).

Offensively, Alabama State has six players hitting over .300 through the first 13 games of the season and are hitting .298 as a team. Eriq White, the reigning SWAC Player of the Week, is hitting .382 with seven extra base hits and has scored 18 runs – while knocking in another 16. Meanwhile, Noel Cheneau is hitting .373 with 22 hits (including eight extra base hits) and 20 runs batted in.

Yamil Pagan (.354) is tied for the team lead in home runs with Santiago Garcia (.317) with three, while Hunter May (.333) has three doubles in his freshman campaign. Cameron Hearn is hitting .313 and leads the team with 10 hit by pitches (team has recorded 25).

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