Tyler Howe, Cage Cox Pace Alabama State Past Jackson State

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JACKSON, Miss. – Tyler Howe scattered three hits over seven innings and Cage Cox drove in a pair of runs as the Alabama State University baseball team opened its three-game Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) series on Friday night with a 5-0 victory over Jackson State at Bob Braddy Field.

“This was a great team win as a whole,” Alabama State head coach Jose` Vazquez said. “It started on the mound with Tyler Howe and he had a fantastic performance, followed by Chase Laney coming in and closing it out. Defensively we did a great job making routine plays and making the tough play when it counted. Offensively it was the same tone as we had great at-bats all night and capitalizing when we got the chance.”

Tyler HoweHowe (2-2) was masterful in picking up his second win of the season as he held Jackson State (9-5 overall, 3-1 SWAC) to just three hits in 7.1 innings pitched. He also finished with four strikeouts and two walks. Chase Laney came on relief to shut the door down in 1.2 innings of work.

After three scoreless innings to begin the game, the Hornets picked up one run on two hits and took advantage of a Tiger error in the fourth to grab a 1-0 lead.

Cox, who went 2-for-4, opened the inning with a single to right and advanced to second and third on an error by the right fielder. Diandre Amion, who was 3-for-5, followed with a base hit to right to plate Cox and break the 0-0 tie.

Alabama State (6-8, 3-1) added to the lead in the fifth inning.

With one down, Hunter Allen drew a walk and Eriq White, who went 2-for-4, singled up the middle. Oscar Prioleau reached on an error as Allen score and White advanced to third. Cox followed with a sacrifice fly to left, scoring White and giving the Hornets a 3-0 advantage.

The Hornets plated their fourth run in the seventh as White singled up the middle to begin the inning and came in to score with a Cox infield hit.

Alabama State put the game out of reach in the eighth as Ray Hernandez drew a walk to start the frame. After Chris Biocic reached on an error, Hernandez scored on a sacrifice fly to left, giving the Hornets a 5-0 lead.

Jonathan Aponte (3-1) took the loss as he gave up four runs (one earned) on eight hits, with three strikeouts and one walk in 6.1 innings of work. Kevin Perez and Joshua Santiago pitched in relief.

Alabama State will seek its second straight win on Saturday against Jackson State. First pitch at Bob Braddy Field is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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