Eight-Run Fourth Propels Alcorn State Braves Baseball Past Panthers

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PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – The Alcorn State University baseball program used a monster eight-run top of the fourth to outlast Prairie View A&M 11-9. The fourth saw 12 Braves step to the plate with five different players recording an RBI.

Junior Travaris Cole and senior Kirt Cormier each knocked in a pair of RBIs with Cole delivering his second home run of the campaign (a solo shot in the sixth) to become the first Brave with multiple homers in 2019. Cormier motored around the base paths for his first triple of the year as well.

Senior Carlos Lopez notched his first win under his belt, tossing five innings of five-run ball (four earned) and striking out four. Lopez moved into fourth all-time on the Alcorn career strikeouts list, as his 199 punchouts pushed him past Andre Credit (196). He now needs five more to tie for third.

Junior closer Austin Atwood continues to have a monster season, racking up his fourth save (best in the SWAC) after shutting down the Panthers for no hits over 1.2 innings to close things out.

Prairie View got rolling out the chute, dropping a two-spot in the bottom of the first to give the hometown Panthers a 2-0 lead. PVAMU used situational baseball to its advantage in the second, moving a runner from second to third and ultimately driving him on a sacrifice fly to go ahead 3-0.

After tallying only one hit through the first three innings, Alcorn caught fire. Cormier and senior Brandon Barna started off the rally with consecutive walks before a single by junior Kyle Jenkins loaded the bases with no outs. Following a pop out, juniors Jordan McGowan and Micah Walker along with freshman Jaden Smith tagged three straight balls into left field to even the score at three.

A pitching change forced Prairie View starter Tracy Warren from the contest, but the Braves kept the foot on the gas. Freshman Tristin Garcia welcomed the new reliever into the game by reaching on a two-run error by the second baseman to take Alcorn’s first lead at 5-3. Cole would follow with an RBI double, Cormier an RBI groundout, and Cole would come around on a wild pitch as the purple and gold exploded for an eight-run barrage to open a five-run advantage at 8-3.

PVAMU showed its grit and determination, clawing back to within three in the bottom half as two runs scored to make things interesting once more, 8-5 Alcorn. Junior outfielder Brandon Rembert kept the hit parade going with a double to the left field wall to start the fifth. He would cross the plate one batter later thanks to an error from the Panthers to push the gap back up to four, 9-5.

Travaris Cole kept the firework display booming in the sixth, launching a no-doubt solo home run into the Texas sky to cap off a ten-run three-inning onslaught to go from down three to up five. The seventh inning stretch must’ve rejuvenated the home nine as the Panthers fought back yet again as two runners scored in the bottom of the seventh to put them within arm’s length at 10-7 Braves.

An RBI triple by Kirt Cormier gave Alcorn run number 11 on the day in the eighth and Prairie View got two more runs across to set up a compelling finish as the Braves and Panthers went into the ninth with an 11-9 visitors lead. The bottom of the ninth saw PVAMU get the winning run into the batters’ box but Austin Atwood induced a weak fly ball to Rembert in right to nail down Alcorn’s fifth win of the 2019 season, 11-9 over Prairie View A&M.

Alcorn baseball will look to build its first winning streak of the campaign when it plays game two tomorrow afternoon at Tankersley Field in Prairie View, Texas. Start time is slated for 2 p.m.

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