Alcorn State Braves Force Rubber Match With 3-2 Victory Over Mississippi Valley State

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LORMAN, Miss. – The Alcorn State University baseball squad scored two runs in the seventh inning and recorded 4.1 scoreless relief innings in its 3-2 triumph over Mississippi Valley State University Saturday afternoon at Rat McGowan Stadium.

Every starting position player for the Braves (5-8, 1-1 SWAC) earned at least one hit.

Sophomore Carlos Lopez picked up his second win of the season, striking out five batters in three innings of relief. Fellow sophomore Conrado Skepple notched his second save of the season by pitching 1.1 hitless innings.

Senior Regynold Johnson earned a no decision, giving up two runs (both earned) on seven hits during 4.2 innings. He also struck out two and walked three.

Those three walks came in the first inning as MVSU’s Kevin Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly to right that put the Delta Devils (2-8, 1-4 SWAC) ahead 1-0.

Redshirt senior catcher Jason Sanez prompted a second-inning rally with a one-out double to left center. After back-to-back walks loaded the bases, junior shortstop A.J. Makarewicz drove in Sanez on a single to right field, tying the game at one.

MVSU used small ball in the third to tally its second run. Ivan Garcia knocked a single through the left side. Fredrick Spencer II then advanced Garcia on a sacrifice bunt, and Arrington Smith plated him on another single through the 5-6 hole.

Sanez gunned down Marshall Parrish to stifle the Delta Devils threat in the top of the fourth. MVSU had runners on second and third before Johnson forced Garcia to fly out to right field.

Junior second baseman Wallace Rios Jimenez extended his reached base streak to 10 as he commenced the seventh with a hard hit ball that made Spencer range to his right. He could not recover in time to make the play.

Senior third baseman Walter Vives put Rios Jimenez on second with a sacrifice bunt. Junior first baseman Kirt Cormier then drove home Rios Jimenez on a double that bounced off the centerfield fence.

A single from senior center fielder Justin Barna advanced Cormier to third, and Cormier scored on a perfectly executed safety squeeze by Sanez. Consequently, Alcorn held a 3-2 lead after seven innings.

Skepple entered with two outs in the eighth after Lopez allowed back-to-back singles. He ended the rally after one pitch, getting Garcia to ground into a fielder’s choice.
After hitting the first batter in the ninth, Skepple got Smith to hit a chopper to Makarewicz, who was running toward second on a stolen base attempt. Makarewicz touched second in time but Spencer’s slide made him double take, and Smith beat the throw. However, it was ruled that Spencer’s slide was not legal, and the umpires would deem both the runner and the batter out.

Skepple then retired Alex Bravo on a high chopper to Rios Jimenez.

The third game of the series will feature a 1 p.m. first pitch at McGowan Stadium.

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