Alcorn State Set For Four-Game Home Series Against Butler





Alcorn State Sports Information


LORMAN, Miss. – Its longest home series of the season will take place this weekend for the Alcorn State University baseball program when it hosts Butler in a four-gamer at Willie E. “Rat” McGowan Stadium.

The series will kick-off Friday at 1 p.m., followed by a doubleheader Saturday starting at noon and will wrap-up Sunday at noon.

The Braves (2-2) opened the season by winning two-of-three at the MLB Urban Invitational. Victories included an 11-3 decision over Prairie View A&M and a 6-5 outcome over Southern.

Alcorn played its home opener Monday in a grueling 16-inning affair against Murray State where the Racers were able to escape with an 11-8 result. The Braves trailed 8-4 heading into the ninth inning then they came back to tie it. Alcorn used nine different pitchers and the game last 5 hours and 10 minutes.

Junior Kirt Cormier is the reigning SWAC Hitter of the Week winner. Through four games, Cormier is hitting for a .571 average, .625 on-base percentage and .857 slugging. All three totals rank first in the conference after the first weekend.

Both Cormier and senior Walter Vives are riding four-game hitting streaks. Junior A.J. Makarewicz has a four-game on-base streak.

Butler (3-1) opened the season by beating La Salle twice 3-1 and 6-5, and splitting a pair with Ohio 15-4 and 0-4.

The Bulldogs are playing under first-year head coach Dave Schrage after he spent the last five years at South Dakota State. He inherited a Butler team that went 14-40 overall last season. Schrage brought in eight freshman.

Gehrig Parker has led the team at the plate with a .417 batting average on five hits in 12 at-bats. The Bulldogs have used a lot of arms as 13 different pitchers have been on the mound, and none for more than five innings.

Friday and Sunday’s games can be heard live on the radio via 91.7 FM or with Charles Edmond as the voice of the Braves.

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