Alabama State Runs Past Purdue Fort Wayne Saturday




Alabama State Sports Information


MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Darren Kelly returned to the win column in his longest outing following season-ending arm surgery last season in a 7-1 victory over Purdue-Fort Wayne at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex Saturday night.

Kelly (1-0) threw four innings of hitless baseball in the start, walking just two and striking out six before giving way to three others out of the bullpen. The win was the first since his season-ending arm injury against Alabama A&M last March.

Offensively, Alabama State pounded out 12 hits with three players picking up multiple hits in the win. Cristopher DeGuzman led the way for Alabama State, finishing 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, while Cameron Hearn and Noel Cheneau each picked up a pair of hits each for Alabama State (4-1).

Vital Statistics
WP – Darren Kelly (1-0); 4.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER,  2 BB, 6 K
LP – Cameron Boyd (0-1); 5.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

2B – Garrett Mohler (2); Alec Brunson (2). HR – Andrew Lawvere (3); Santiago Garcia (2). HBP – Cameron HearnChris Lewis. SF – Yamil Pagan (2). SB – Cameron HearnNoel Cheneau (4). CS – Noel Cheneau(1).

How it Happened
After a scoreless first inning, Santiago Garcia started the scoring for Alabama State in the bottom of the second with his second home run – a solo shot to left for the 1-0 lead. The lead was pushed to 2-0 when Trevor Jurjevich singled to left center to score Chris Lewis, before Hunter May scored on a sacrifice fly by Yamil Pagan for a 3-0 lead.

The Hornets pushed the lead to 4-0 in the third when Noel Cheneau singled to right center to score Cameron Hearn, who drew a bases loaded walk in the fourth inning for the 5-0 lead.

Purdue Fort Wayne got on the board in the sixth on a solo home run from Andrew Lawvere – his second of the series – to trim the lead to 4-1.

Alabama State a pair of runs in the eighth on an Eriq White single to score Cristopher DeGuzman, and an RBI single from Hearn to score Pagan for the final margin.

Darren Kelly picked up his first win since last February after suffering a season-ending arm injury, in a pre-determined start – striking out six in the win.

Alabama State used four pitchers, with Nate Gerard getting the bulk of the work out of the bullpen with three innings of work in which he allowed just two hits and struck out a pair. Gage Dollar and Terrell McCallwere also used out of the pen.

Offensively, Alabama State pounded out 12 hits, with three players picking up multiple hits.

What’s Next
Alabama State and Purdue Fort Wayne return to action at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex Sunday afternoon, with first pitch scheduled for 1 pm in the series finale.

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