Hornets Advance To SWAC Championship Game With Hard-Fought Win Over Southern


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NEW ORLEANS – Alabama State advanced to Sunday’s SWAC Championship game with a hard fought 9-7 win over upset-minded Southern Friday night at Wesley Barrow Stadium.

Hunter Allen went 2-for-4 and drove in four runs and Eriq White had three hits as the Hornets (37-15) will face defending champion Texas Southern (24-25) Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The game will be televised live on ESPNU and with a live radio broadcast on bamastatesports.com/showcase.

After Southern (14-32) took a 3-0 lead after one inning, the Hornets took the lead in the third. With one out, Diandre Amion walked and Carlos Ocasio was hit by a pitch. Dillon Cooper doubled down the left field line to score Amion to put the Hornets on the board. Chris Biocic reached on an error, scoring Ocasio from third. Ray Hernandez’ sacrifice fly scored Amion, and Allen’s single to center scored Biocic for a 4-3 Alabama State lead.

After Southern tied the game at 4-4 after four innings, the Hornets regained the lead for good in the fifth. With one out, Biocic walked and advanced to second on an error. With two outs, Allen homered to left center field on the first pitch to give Alabama State a 6-4 lead.

The Hornets added to the lead in the sixth. Pagan reached on an error after striking out. With one out, Ocasio doubled to right center, scoring Pagan. After Cooper and Biocic walked to load the bases, Hernandez and Allen walked back-to-back with the bases loaded, scoring Ocasio and Cooper, respectively, to give the Hornets a 9-4 lead.

The Jaguars, the #4 seed in the West who earned a come back win over Alcorn earlier in the day to advance to Friday night’s game, scored one in the seventh and two in the eighth and put runners on base in the ninth.

Brandon Caples (3-1) earned the win in relief, going 4 1/3 innings, allowing four hits, three runs, walking two and striking out five. Darren Kelly pitched the ninth to get the save.

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