Selma defeated No.14 University of Mobile on its home field as the Bulldogs came out swinging. In the bottom of the first inning, Selma plated four runs then added two more in the bottom of the second for a 6-4 win in game one of the double header.
Selma opened the scoring with Black College Nines’ HBCU Baseball Small School Elite Rickey Butts setting the table at the top of the order scoring the game’s first run after a leadoff walk. Brian Davison and Brandon Woodland scored on a single to center by Marcus Hardy for a 3-0 lead. Selma added another run on a bases loaded walk to go up by four runs and two more in the second inning to take control of the game.
The run support was more than enough for Bulldogs’ pitcher Derrick Sylve who tossed another solid performance. Sylve went seven complete innings, allowed four runs, four hits, four earned runs while striking out eight batters.
Sylve has become Selma work horse on the mound in tight contests limiting base runners thus far in the 2018 season.
Deontay Robinson had three runs batted in during the game, including the two-runs that scored Davison and Woodland in the first.
Mobile (27-8) and ranked No. 14 in the NAIA, rallied in the second inning plating two runs and then added a run in the fourth and one more in the sixth inning. But that is all they could muster against Sylve, who pitched a gem.
Hardy drove in two runs, Davison and Christian Briscoe had doubles in the game and Jamez McGee also drove in a run.
Selma head coach Adrian Holloway stated, “we swung the bat pretty decent today and put together some timely hits to score runs early in the game. Derrick Sylve pitched a great game today with 8 K’s and only allowed 4 hits. Those guys hit the ball very well, so Sylve, holding them to four hits, was key for us getting the win.”
Since Holloway’s arrival, Selma continues to knock off Mobile, which is either ranked or receives votes every time they face each other.
In game two, Mobile came back to defeat Selma 14-0.