Pitching Keys Grambling State To Doubleheader Sweep




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HOUSTON, Texas – Jason Alvarez pitched a complete game in the opener and Ryan Huntington went five strong innings in the second game as the Grambling State University baseball team swept a doubleheader from Texas Southern, 7-2 and 8-4 on Saturday afternoon in a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) series at MacGregor Park.

Grambling State (14-17 overall, 9-6 SWAC) took two-of-three this weekend and won four-out-six in the season series against TSU. Alvarez fanned nine in the opener and Huntington struck out seven to give GSU the dominate pitching for the twinbill sweep.

How It Happened – Game 1
After four scoreless innings, Grambling State broke through with a run to take a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning.

With two down in the frame, Kevin Whitaker, Jr. singled to right and moved to second on an error. Ian Bailey followed and reached on a fielding error as Whitaker scored.

Grambling State added to the lead in the sixth.

Richard Ortiz opened and reached on an error. Garrett Smith advanced Ace Felder, who pinch ran for Ortiz, to second on a sacrifice bunt. Trevin Bolden walked and Jahmoi Percival reached on a fielder’s choice as Felder was out at home. Nick Wheeler drew a walk and Whitaker tripled to left center to clear the bases and give GSU a 4-0 lead.

Texas Southern (11-21, 7-8) cut the GSU lead in half in the bottom half of the inning as Jordan Hollins belted a two-run homer to left.

Back came GSU in the seventh as Drexler Macaay crushed the first pitch he saw from Mason Furlong deep over the center field wall to give Grambling State a 5-2 advantage.

GSU picked up two insurance runs in the ninth inning.

Macaay reached on an infield hit and moved to second on an error. Isaiah Torres advanced Macaay to third on a ground out. With two down, Garrett Smith walked. Trevin Bolden followed with a base hit up the middle to plate Macaay and Smith came in to score when Texas Southern committed its seventh error as Grambling State stretched the lead to 7-2.

Inside the Numbers
> Grambling State finished with seven runs on 12 hits and left 10 on base
Drexler Macaay paced the GSU offense by going 5-for-5, with two runs scored and one RBI
Trevin BoldenIsaiah Torres and Kevin Whitaker, Jr. each had two hits, while Nick Wheeler registered one hit
Jason Alvarez (2-1) was masterful with a complete-game victory. He gave up two runs on five hits, fanned nine and walked three
> Texas Southern finished with two runs on five hits, committed seven errors and stranded six on base
> Tyson Thompson led TSU with two hits
> Mason Furlong (1-4) took the loss as he was tagged for five runs (one earned) on nine hits, with four strikeouts and three walks in seven innings
> Alex Olguin pitched the final two innings in relief.

How It Happened – Game 2
Texas Southern plated a run in the bottom of the first to grab an early 1-0 lead.

Grambling State tied the game at 1 in the fourth as Rafael Ramirez, III, who reached on a hit by pitch, scored on Percival sacrifice fly to left.

GSU extended the advantage to 5-2 in the sixth.

With one down in the inning, Warren Laster walked and moved to second and third on a wild pitch. After Whitaker struck out, Laster came in to score on a wild pitch.

Grambling State increased the lead to 8-2 with three runs in the eighth.

Percival opened the inning with a walk and stole second. Smith singled to left as Percival stopped at third. Laster was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Whitaker plated Percival with a sacrifice fly to right and Smith and Laster scored on an Ortiz base hit.

Texas Southern closed the gap to 8-4 with two runs in the bottom of the frame, but could not get any closer.

Inside the Numbers
> Grambling State finished with eight runs on four hits and stranded 10 on base
Richard Ortiz (three RBIs), Nick WheelerJahmoi Percival and Garrett Smith each collected one hit
Ryan Huntington (3-1) earned the win as he gave up two runs on four hits, fanned seven and walked a pair in five innings
Ryan Evans and Kerry Boykins, Jr. pitched four innings in relief
> Texas Southern finished with four runs on seven hits, committed two errors and left six on base
> OJ Oloruntimlehin and Keanu Van Kuren each registered two hits
> Noe Guerrero III (2-5) took the loss in 4.2 innings of work. He surrendered four runs (two earned) on two hits, walked six and struck out one
> Alex Carrillo and Chris Suarez combined to work 4.1 innings in relief.

Up Next
Grambling State returns to action for its midweek game on Tuesday at Stephen F. Austin. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Jaycees Field in Nacogdoches, Texas.

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