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Kentucky State Sports Information

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Kentucky State Sports Information

 

The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference baseball bracket has been released, and the Kentucky State University baseball team has earned the four-seed in the eight team tournament. Unlike previous seasons, the tournament wasn’t set by divisions.

Kentucky State will begin it tournament quest against #5 Clark Atlanta Noon Thursday at the Albany State University baseball field. The Thorobreds swept a non-conference twinbill from CAU in early February.

Senior Joe Crisp and CAU sophomore Anthony Nettles dueled for seven innings before Kentucky State scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to secure the 3-0 extra innings victory. Crisp was special on the day, hurling a no-hitter over eight innings with a career-high 10 strikeouts.

Kentucky State scored in five of the seven innings in completing the doubleheader sweep with the 11-3 victory.

#1 ALBANY STATE (29-18 overall, 21-1 SIAC)
The Rams come into the tournament winners in nine of its last 10 games, including a four-game sweep of Spring Hill. Their lone SIAC loss came on March 31, a 9-5 setback in the fourth game of the series with Benedict.

Albany State has seven hitters, led by Kevin Bryant II, hitting over .300 and has scored 327 runs this season. Bryant is slashing .371/.524/.721 with 15 doubles, two triples, 10 homeruns and 37 RBI. Kyle Walker leads the team with 40 RBI.

Malik Barrington has started all 11 games he has appeared, posting a 2.82 ERA and 7-3 record. He is 5-0 in SIAC action with double-figure strikeouts against Lane and Clark Atlanta. The Golden Rams have a pair of arms in the bullpen, Chasen Roulhac and Cody Chapman, will sub-two ERA.

#2 MILES (23-20, 15-5 SIAC)/Kentucky State went 0-4 against Miles
Miles enters the tournament 11-1 in its last 12 SIAC contests. The Golden Bears are led offensively by Alex Bentley, who is hitting .415 on the season. He has drawn 26 walks with 12 stolen bases. Miles has eight hitters in the lineup hitting over .300 on the season.

Jacob Schuster (7-2, 5.27 ERA) is the only pitcher that has started all of his appearances this season. Tanner Stinnett (2-3, 4.66) and Andrew Datcher (5-0, 6.31) have each made seven starts on the season.

#3 SPRING HILL (25-20, 17-7 SIAC)/Kentucky State split a doubleheader with the Badgers
Spring Hill has lost five straight coming into the tournament, including getting swept in a four-game series by Albany State.

Brennan Fontenot (.382/.514/.632) is leading the team offensively with 12 doubles, two triples, six homers and 45 RBI, while Daniel Rodriguez (.364/.459/.601) is right behind him with five doubles, one triple, nine homers and 46 RBI.

Two starters, Luke Dykes and Michael Cabeza, are unbeaten on the mound with 3.70 and 3.80 ERAs, respectively.

#4 KENTUCKY STATE (26-14, 14-7 SIAC)
Seniors Cameron Starks (.366/.426/.490) and Russell Sims (.366/.467/.514) are the catalyst for the Kentucky State offense, while senior Jordan Ransom (.357/.434/.650) has provided some thunder with nine homeruns – including a walk-off against Benedict – and 40 RBI.

Junior Brady Bibbs (8-0, 3.75 ERA) leads the SIAC in victories and has thrown three complete games this season. Crisp, who leads NCAA Division II in complete games and hit batters, is 6-4 with a 4.32 ERA.

#5 CLARK ATLANTA (15-24, 10-11 SIAC)/Kentucky State swept the doubleheader
The Panthers enter the SIAC tournament after taking three of four from Tuskegee University. Offensively, Clark Atlanta is led by Jason Howell (.318/.402/.459) with 13 RBI.

Nettles has allowed just one earned run in his last 22 1/3 SIAC innings on just nine hits.

#6 BENEDICT (14-18, 9-10 SIAC)/Kentucky State swept the doubleheader
Benedict has lost six consecutive games, including dropping a doubleheader to Kentucky State to wrap up the regular season.

Bradon O’Connor (.423/.559/.557) and Myles Snype (.402/.469/.598) are leading the Tigers offense. Snype leads the team with 42 RBI, and Javier Santiago adds 39 RBI.

Ricardo Pagan (3-1, 3.86 ERA) is holding opposing batters with .230 batting average and has 37 strikeouts in just 32.2 innings. He is one of four BC pitchers with more strikeouts than innings pitched.

#7 LANE (20-23, 12-14 SIAC)/Kentucky State took three of four
Keishaun Clark (.422/471/.600), Chris O’Neal (.385/.458/.636) and Melvin Crayton (.357/.402/.591) are the primary offensive weapons for the Dragons. O’Neal leads the team with eight homers and 37 RBI, while Crayton has a team-high 10 doubles and is second with 33 RBI.

Thomas Arias (3-1, 5.50 ERA) has the lowest earned run average of any LC starter.

#8 MOREHOUSE (10-26, 7-11 SIAC)/Kentucky State won three of four
Amyr Smith (.327/.416/.357) and Derrick Odom (.312/.418/.584) are the only Maroon Tigers hitting over .300 on the season. Jalyn Hawkins leads the team with 20 RBI, while Odom has 19 RBI.

Demetrius Burton (2-5, 6.50 ERA) has made 10 starts in his 11 appearances, while Miles Grayson (1-6, 5.92) has started six of his nine appearance.

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PLAYERS MENTIONED
#28 Cameron Starks
IF 6′ 1″ 220 lbs Junior Right
#3 Joe Crisp
RHP 5′ 9″ 155 lbs Junior Right
#11 Jordan Ransom
OF 6′ 5″ 195 lbs Junior Right
#7 Russell Sims
IF 6′ 1″ 180 lbs Junior Right
#26 Brady Bibbs
RHP 6′ 0″ 185 lbs Junior R

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