Whole Lotta Justin in Alabama A&M Win Over Alcorn State




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HUNTSVILLE – Justin Lott provided most of the Bulldogs’ scoring, including a game-winning home run, in Saturday’s 7-5 win over Alcorn State. The win, coming in the first game of a doubleheader, enabled A&M to take the weekend series from the Braves, 2-1. Alcorn State won the nightcap 4-1.

With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 2-1 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference and 2-10 overall. The Braves are 4-9, 1-2.

Lott, who finished the game with five runs batted in, provided the game-winner in the bottom of the eighth with the score tied 5-5.

Jonathan Smith II led off with a single and, two outs later, Lott drove a 2-2 pitch over the left-field fence for the 7-5 lead.

Peyton Baker, who came on in the eighth to pitch for A&M, faced just four batters in the ninth to secure the win.

The Bulldogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning as Smith II led off with a walk. Raymond Santiago tripled to right-center, scoring Smith II. One out later, Lott singled to drive home Santiago.

After the Braves scored three in the top of the fourth, Kyle Redmond, who had singled, scored on Lott’s sacrifice fly to center for a 3-3 score.

It was Lott again in the sixth inning who helped stake A&M to a 5-3 lead.

With two outs, Santiago walked and Stephan Soto singled. Both runners pulled a double steal and Lott followed up with a two-run single.

Alcorn State rallied with a pair of runs in the top of th eighth setting the stage for Lott’s heroics.

The Braves took a 4-0 lead and held on for the win to earn a split of Saturday’s doubleheader.
The visitors scored a run in each of the first two innings and had two more in the top of the third.

A&M’s lone run came in the bottom of the third when Pierre Brewton, who had two hits in the game, scored after reaching base on an error.

The Bulldogs left the bases loaded in the fifth and had runners in scoring position in the eighth and ninth innings but were unable to push a run across.

Fernando Diaz went the distance for A&M, scattering 10 hits while giving up four runs, three earned. He struck out four and walked two. Through the third to seventh innings, he retired 11 of 12 batters he faced.

The Bulldogs return to action Tuesday when Tennessee Tech visits Bulldog Field.

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