Alcorn State Pays A Visit To McNeese State On Tuesday

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LAKE CHARLES, La. – The Alcorn State University baseball program will make its third trip to Louisiana in a two-week span as it travels to McNeese at Joe Miller Ballpark with first pitch slated at 6 p.m.

The purple and gold have been stellar so far in producing on the offensive end, placing in the top-three of the SWAC in hits (66), runs per game (6.8) and total runs (54) while placing in the top half of the league in doubles (8) and home runs (6).

Junior outfielder Travaris Cole has been on a tear, reaching base safely in seven consecutive games while recording at least one hit in six of them. Cole leads the Braves in batting average (.379), on-base percentage (.514), slugging percentage (.552), hits (11) and total bases (16) while tied for the team high for RBIs (8), doubles (2) and home runs (1).

Freshman infielder Tristin Garcia got off to a hot start at the plate as well over his first seven appearances as he’s currently second on the team in batting average at .308 as well as smacking eight hits, six RBIs, one double and a homer.

Senior infielder Brendly Martina extended his hitting streak to eight and on-base streak to 17 over three appearances over the weekend in Tallahassee. He ended the 2018 campaign with base knocks in his final four appearances and reached base in his previous 13 games of 2018.

Finding a way on base and scoring have been a strength of senior catcher Kirt Cormier. Cormier is third in the Southwestern Athletic Conference for drawing walks (7) while scoring eight runs to also show among the SWAC leaders. He has also been the toughest player to strikeout in the NCAA in 2019, putting the ball in play or taking a walk on all 29 of his at-bats.

Junior outfielder Jordan McGowan has staked his claim among the country’s elite through two weeks as he ranks inside the top-20 nationally in runs scored with 11.

Brandon Barna currently holds a share of the team lead in RBIs (8) and is 22 hits away from 100 in his career. He’d become the 48th player in school history to reach that milestone.

Senior ace Carlos Lopez has been blowing by the competition, picking up 17 strikeouts in 12.2 innings. Lopez has been rock solid at the front of the rotation to the tune of a 3.55 ERA and an opponent’s batting average of just .233.

Lopez enters the game ranked fifth all-time in school history in career strikeouts with 189. He needs 31 more to break Steve Easter’s mark of 219 set in 2012.

McNeese State (3-4) was picked to finish fifth in the Southland Conference.

The Cowboys began the season taking two of three from UTSA and a single game from Houston, before dropping three straight to Texas State (x2) and Creighton.

Shane Selman leads McNeese in batting average (.361), hits (13) and doubles (4). Clayton Rasbeary is the blue and yellow’s heavy hitter, accumulating an eye-opening 4 home runs and 12 RBIs through seven games.

This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools in baseball.

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