Grambling State Splits Twinbill With PVAMU

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GRAMBLING, La. – Drexler Macaay and Richard Ortizhomered in the opening game of a doubleheader on Friday as the Grambling State University baseball team split the twinbill with Prairie View A&M in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) series at Wilbert Ellis Field at R.W.E. Jones Park.

Grambling State (15-19 overall, 10-7 SWAC) won the opener, 7-4, but dropped the second game to Prairie View A&M, 10-7.

How It Happened – Game 1
Grambling State exploded for five runs on four hits to grab a 5-0 lead in the second inning.

Nick Wheeler opened the frame with a walk and advanced to third when Jahmoi Percival reached on an error. Kevin Whitaker followed with a base hit through the left side as Wheeler scored easily from third and Percival was out at third. With two down, Ian Bailey was hit by a pitch to put two runners on base. On a 2-2 pitch, Drexler Macaay smacked a three-run homer to left. Isaiah Torres doubled off the wall in left and came across to score on a Richard Ortiz base hit to left center to give the Tigers a five-run lead.

Prairie View A&M (13-24, 8-8) plated a run in the third, but a solo homer by Ortiz in the fifth gave the Tigers a 6-1 lead.

The Panthers closed the gap to 6-2 with one run in the sixth.

Grambling State put the game away in the eighth as Bailey walked and scored on a Macaay triple to right to extend the Tiger advantage to 7-2.

Prairie View A&M cut the deficit to 7-4 with two runs in the ninth, but could not complete the comeback.

Inside the Numbers
> Grambling State finished with seven runs on eight hits, committed one error and left eight on base
Richard Ortiz paced the Tiger offense by going 3-for-4, with two RBIs and one run scored
Drexler Macaay went 2-for-3, with four RBIs and one run scored
Isaiah TorresRafael Ramirez, III and Kevin Whitaker, Jr. each collected one hit
Bryan Delgado (5-2) picked up the victory as he gave up two runs on six hits, struck out four and walked on in eight innings
Ryan Evans pitched one inning in relief
> Prairie View A&M finished with four runs on seven hits, committed three errors and stranded seven on base
> Daniel Lingua and Andrew Garcia led the Panther offense with two hits each
> Brian Williams (1-3) took the loss as he surrendered six runs on seven hits, walked four and fanned two in 4.1 innings
> Lorenzo Hardit worked 3.2 innings in relief

How It Happened – Game 2
Prairie View A&M opened the scoring with one run in the top of the first inning and added five more runs in the second to grab a 6-0 lead.

Grambling State got a run back and closed the gap to 6-1 with a solo homer by Rafael Ramirez, III.

The Tigers continued to chip away at the deficit as Drexler Macaay doubled off the wall in the fourth and scored on an RBI base hit to right center by Isaiah TorresKevin Whitaker, Jr. plated Torres from third on a two-out base hit to left center to cut the margin to 6-3.

Prairie View A&M capitalized on four hits and two errors to extend the advantage to 10-3 in the fifth.

The Tigers bounced back with one run in the sixth as Ortiz doubled off the wall in left and scored on a Whitaker sacrifice fly to center to cut the deficit to 10-4.

Grambling State nearly rallied as the Tigers plated three runs in the final inning.

Wheeler opened the frame with a walk and was out at second when Warren Laster reached on a fielder’s choice. Macaay doubled to center to plate Laster and Torres followed with a double to score Macaay. Ortiz followed with an infield hit and Ramirez reached on an error, which allowed Torres to score. However, Whitaker flied out to center to end the game.

Inside the Numbers
> Grambling State finished with seven runs on 14 hits, committed two errors and left eight on base
Drexler Macaay led the offense by going 3-for-5, with two runs scored and one RBI
Isaiah TorresRichard OrtizRafael Ramirez, IIIKevin Whitaker, Jr. and Jahmoi Percival each collected two hits
Jason Alvarez started on the mound and dropped to 2-2 on the season in 1.1 innings pitched. He was tagged for six runs on five hits and walked one
Kaelin Woodard and JC Bonilla pitched in relief
> Prairie View A&M finished with 10 runs on 14 hits, committed a pair of errors and stranded 11 on base
> Daniel Lingua paced the Panther offense by going 3-for-4, with four RBIs and one run scored
> Tyler Laux pitched the complete game to earn the win and improve to 2-3. He surrendered seven runs (six earned) on 14 hits, fanned seven and walked a pair

Up Next
Grambling State concludes its three-game SWAC series on Sunday against Prairie View A&M. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Wilbert Ellis Field at R.W.E. Jones Park.

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