How Sweep It Is! Alabama A&M Bulldogs Win Shootout Sunday At Alcorn State

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LORMAN, Miss. – After winning the first two games by shutout at Alcorn State, the Bulldogs were hoping for a win Sunday to sweep the three-game SWAC Eastern Divison series.

Well, they got the win and it was nothing near a shutout as Alabama A&M held off the Braves 13-10.

It was A&M’s first road conference sweep since April 3-4, 2015, when the Bulldogs won three straight at Mississippi Valley State.

While the Bulldog pitchers dominated the first two games of the Alcorn State series, the bats came alive in Sunday’s finale.

Wilanier Betancourt had his second straight three-hit game with a double and two singles and Cornelious Woods had three hits, including a triple. along with five runs batted in.

The Bulldogs struck early, again, scoring three runs in the first inning.

Dalton Mitchell led off with a double down the left-field line. Betancourt followed with a single to center and Mitchell advanced to third.

Zeth Malcom‘s sacrifice fly to center scored Mitchell for a 1-0 lead. Carson McGregory then singled and Betancourt went to third.

Woods hit a single to left to bring home Betancourt. But the leftfielder misplayed the ball, allowing McGregory to score and Woods move to second. After Carlton Peppers singled, the inning ended on a double play with A&M up 3-0.

The Braves picked up an run in the second inning and tied the score with two runs in the third.

The Bulldogs were scoreless through the second to fourth innings before exploding for four runs in the fifth.

With one out, Brandon Whitaker singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. Mitchell then singled and Whitaker went to third.

Betancourt doubled to left field to score Whitaker and moving Mitchell to third. After Zeth Malcom walked, McGregory singled to bring in Betancourt and Mitchell. Woods singled to left and Malcom scored for a 7-3 lead.

However, the Braves responded with a three-run home run in the bottom of the fifth to cut A&M’s lead to 7-6.

But, the Bulldogs weren’t finished. They sent 11 batters to the plate and scored a season-high six runs in the top of the sixth inning.

Brewton led off with a single then reached secondon a wild pitch. After Whitaker walked, Mitchell dropped down a sacrifice bunt.

On the play, the pitcher overthrew first base allowing Brewton and Whitaker to score and Mitchell make it all the way to third.

Betancourt singled up the middle to bring home Mitchell for the 10-6 lead. Malcom and McGregory walked to load the bases.

Woods tripled to right-center field to clear the bases for a 13-6 lead.

Alcorn State scored twice in the seventh and eighth innings but weren’t able to put the tying runs across.

Mitchell had two hits and scored three runs for A&M. McGregoy, Peppers, Redmond, Brewton and Whitaker each had two hits.

The Bulldogs wrap up their six games in eight days road swing Tuesday and Wednesday at Morehead State.

A&M is home next weekend for a three-game series with Jackson State.

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