Daniel Belmont Pitches Alcorn To 5-1 Victory Over Butler In Series Finale

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LORMAN, Miss. – Senior right-hander Daniel Belmont threw 7.0 shutout innings to guide the Alcorn State University baseball program to a 5-1 win in the last of a four-game series against Butler at Willie E. “Rat” McGowan Stadium.

Belmont (1-0), from San Juan, Puerto Rico, threw 96 pitches and allowed six hits. He picked up his first win of the season for the Braves (4-4) after striking out three.

At the plate, senior Patrick McMahon recorded a three-for-four day with a pair of RBI. Senior Justin Barna went two-for-four with a run scored to extend his on-base streak to seven games. The Braves outhit the Bulldogs (5-3) 9-8.

Junior A.J. Makarewicz doubled down the left field line in the fourth inning to also extend his on-base streak to seven.

The Braves got on the board first with a three-run third inning. It got started after junior Wallace Rios Jimenez reached on an error and senior Walter Vives walked. Alcorn then registered four consecutive singles including an RBI hit up the middle by junior Kirt Cormier, an RBI knock to right field by McMahon and another to right field by junior Der’Vincent Hamilton.

Alcorn added on with two more runs in the seventh frame to increase the advantage to 5-0. Vives stroked a leadoff double to left field and scored on a single to right field by McMahon. Barna reached on a single to right field and eventually scored on a wild pitch.

The Bulldogs made it interesting in the ninth inning after loading up the bases with no outs. Alcorn brought in sophomore Carlos Lopez who struck out back-to-back hitters before giving up a walk to make it a 5-1 game. Lopez forced a ground out to second base to end the game.

Lopez earned his first save of the season since he entered the contest with the tying run on deck. He’s yet to allow an earned run this year in 8.2 innings.

Quentin Miller (0-1) got the start for Butler but lasted just 2.1 innings, surrendering three runs.

Up next, Alcorn will head to the University of New Orleans for a three-game series next weekend. Game one is slated for 6 p.m. Friday.

Quoting Alcorn head coach Bretton Richardson
Opening Statement
“I tell the guys all the time that baseball games are usually decided on three or four opportunities, and if you make the plays when you need to then you have a great chance of winning a game. Today we were able to capitalize on some mistakes that they made and we came through with some timely hitting. And of course, Daniel pitched a heck of a ball game. With the combination of our timely hitting and Daniel pitching we were able to come out on top today.”

On his thoughts on the weekend
“Well it’s still early. We tell all of our guys that no matter what happens there’s still a lot of baseball left to be played. We have to stay consistent with our approach and swing at good pitches. If we do that, then the results will come. It’s still a work in progress but we’re going to try to continue to get better every day.”

Closing Statement
“We played a good Butler team this weekend. They are well coached and will win a whole lot of games. We felt this was a measuring stick weekend for us especially coming off the Murray State game where we lost in 16 innings. We could have hung our heads after that one but we didn’t. That’s a testament to our guys and they come out here every day ready to work. The sky is the limit for this club and we have to continue to get better.”

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