Sixth Inning Rally Leads Prairie View A&M To Victory Over Grambling

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PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas – For a second time this weekend the Prairie View A&M baseball team found themselves in a deep hole against Grambling State.  But on Sunday the end result was a bit different as the Panthers rallied with a seven-run sixth inning to clinch an 18-15 victory, holding off the Tigers in the final game of the three-game set.

Cameron Cooper earned the win for the Panthers, pitching just 3.0 innings in relief allowing just two runs.  PVAMU improved to 3-3 in Southwestern Athletic play.

PV’s Dalton Horner went 3-for-6 from the plate with four RBIs, three runs scored and a home run, while Alex Martinezwent 3-for-5 with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored.  Nine different Panther batters had a hit in the contest.

The Panthers got on the board first with a one in the first inning, which began when Tracey Warren singled to second base advancing to second on an error.  Horner followed with a single to left field advancing Warren across home plate putting PVAMU up 1-0.

The Tigers would rally for six runs in the top of the second inning, capped by three more runs in their half of the third to take a 9-1 lead.
The Panthers answered back in the bottom half of the third inning scoring three runs to adjust the score to 9-4.   Daniel Lingua drew a leadoff walk to begin the base running for the Panthers.  Kellen Rogers stepped into bat for Warren reaching base on a fielders’ choice.  Martinez was also walked and Rogers advanced to second.  Horner’s homerun advanced the score.

The Tigers added one run in the fourth and three in the fifth to take a 13-4 lead.  Once again the Panthers answered back scoring four runs of their own in the bottom half of the fifth frame.  Lingua doubled to left field to open the scoring.  Martinez followed with a single to center field advancing Lingua home.  Horner also added a single advancing Martinez to second, before Josh Wells doubled to left center for a RBI.  On a wild pitch Wells advance to third and Horner scored.  Xavier Jefferson also singled to second base scoring Wells to end the scoring.

The Panthers would continue its scoring with a furious sixth inning rally.  PVAMU forced a pitching change to open the inning.  Lingua began with a leadoff walk and stealing base in the same segment, before Rogers singled to right field advancing Lingua to the left corner bag.  Rogers moved to third on a wild pitch, while Lingua scored.  An error by the shortstop allowed Horner to reach base.  Jefferson was walked, and Horner advanced to second, while Rogers advanced to third to load the bases.

PVAMU continued their scoring when Rucker reached base on an error by the third baseman scoring Rogers and advancing the other base runners to load the bases.  Andrew Garcia also had a hit with a single to center field scoring both Horner and Jefferson.  Rucker remained at third.  After another pitching change Demarie Smith was walked to load the bases for a third time in the frame.  Lingua doubled to left field clearing the bases to advance the score 15-13 to end the inning.

PVAMU added insurance runs in the both the seventh (two) and the eighth (one) to seal the 18-15 victory.
The Panthers will return to action when they face Houston Baptist on Tuesday, March 12 at 2 p.m., and will follow up with a mid-week double header contest at home with Huston-Tillotson at both 1 and 3 p.m.

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