Alabama State Uses Six-Run Sixth To Pull Away From Purdue Fort Wayne




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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama State used a six-run sixth inning to pull away from Purdue Fort Wayne 14-7 in the opening game of a three-game series Friday night at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex.

Alabama State (3-1) scored in double figures for the third time in four game, all victories recorded by the Hornets, after falling behind in the third. The Mastadons used a grand slam in the third by Andrew Lawvere to take a 5-3 lead, before Alabama State scored a run in each the third, fourth and fifth innings before the outburst in the sixth inning.

Darrius Wright (1-0) went six innings to pick up first win of the season, striking out a career-high 11 batters in the process. The senior allowed five runs (four earned) off of six hits in the win. Channing Walker made his second appearance of the season, going 1.2 innings on the mound and allowed a pair of runs; before Trevor Jurjevich came on to close things outs.

The Hornets pounded out 16 hits in the win, with six players picking up multiple hits led by Eriq White who finished the day 4-for-5 with a pair of runs batted in. Cristopher DeGuzman finished 3-for-5 with three runs batted in and a pair of runs scored. Meanwhile, four players – Yamil PaganCameron HearnSantiago Garcia and Noel Cheneau – each added a pair of hits in the win.

Vital Statistics
WP – Darrius Wright (1-0); 6.0 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 4 ER,  3 BB, 11 K
LP – Brian Skelton (0-1); 3.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
2B – Garrett Mohler; Cameron Hearn (1); Trevor Jurjevich (1). HR – Andrew Lawvere; Eriq White (2); Yamil Pagan (1). SB – Yamil Pagan (1); Noel Cheneau (2); Chris Lewis (2).

How it Happened
Alabama State started the scoring in the bottom of the first inning when White blasted a 3-1 pitch over the left field walk with one out in the inning to give Alabama State a 1-0 lead. The Hornets added another run in the second when Pagan hit his second home run in as many games to give Alabama State 3-0 lead after the two-run home run.

Purdue Fort Wayne got on the board in the third when Trenton Stoner scored on a wild pitch from Alabama State starter Darrius Wright to trim the lead to 3-1. The Mastadons took the lead at 5-3 on a grand slam off the bat of Andrew Lawvere.

Alabama State pulled to within a run at 5-4 on a DeGuzman lined a single down the left field line in the bottom half of the third, before the Hornets tied it in the fourth on a fielder’s choice by Chris Lewis that scored Hearn and tied the game at 5-all.

The Hornets took the lead for good when Pagan hit the second of two sacrifice hits in the inning, a fly to left to score Jurjevich after a double; giving Alabama State a 6-5 lead.

Alabama State added six in the in the sixth inning beginning with a DeGuzman single up the middle to score Cheneau and Lewis to push the lead to 8-5. The lead was pushed to 9-5 when Pagan singled to left to score DeGuzman, before a pair of wild pitches scored a pair of runs to push the lead to 11-5. The Hornets scored their final run of the inning when Lewis was hit by a pitch to score Hearn to make the score 12-5.

Purdue Fort Wayne added a run in the seventh to cut the deficit to 12-6, before Alabama State used an RBI single from White to score DeGuzman for a 13-6 lead.

The Hornets added another run in the eighth on a fielder’s choice by Jurjevich to plate Lewis for the 14-7 margin.

White hit his second home run of the season in the top of the first inning with one out. The first inning home run was the second in the first inning this season for White, who also hit one against UAPB. The home run is already higher than his season total of 2017 and just one short of his career-high of three back in his freshman year of 2016.

Pagan hit his second home run in as many games, following a leadoff home run against South Alabama that as of today does not officially go into the record book until the game is complete.

Alabama State scored in double figures for the third time in four games this season. The games in which they have scored in double digit runs, the Hornets are 3-0.
The six-run sixth inning by the Hornets was the third highest run total of the season in an inning for the Hornets. They scored 11 against UAPB the first inning of the season opener, before scoring eight later in the contest.

The win in the home opener was the fifth consecutive home opening victory for the Hornets, with their last loss coming against Eastern Kentucky back on February 14.

Wright struck out a career-high 11 in the win for the Hornets, besting his previous mark of nine against Alabama A&M back on April 14 of last season.

Former Hornet Brandon Dean threw out the first pitch of the night for the Hornets, throwing to his former coach and SWAC Hall of Fame member Larry Watkins.

What’s Next
Alabama State and Purdue Fort Wayne return to action at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex Saturday night, with first pitch scheduled for 6 pm.

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