Some really good HBCU Baseball teams beat some really good nationally ranked baseball programs. In Black College Nines (BCN) continuing coverage of HBCU Baseball, we’ll look at this past week’s action in our season long edition of Who’s Hot In HBCU Baseball.
Albany State University – Knocked off NCAA Division II Powerhouse No. 8 University of Tampa
Outfielder Riliani Familia belted two home runs against the nationally ranked Spartans. The big blow came in game one, a 12-4 win. Familia’s grand slam was part of a six run, fourth inning for the Golden Tigers. Familia had five runs batted in, in the game. In game two, Familia connected for his second home run giving Albany State the insurance runs it needed to seal the 3-0 win.
West Virginia State University – Defeated the No. 4 ranked Mercyhurst University
Starting pitcher Colby Gainer maintained an aggressive mindset and pitched WVSU to a victory over previously undefeated Mercyhurst Lakers, 5-2 in game one of a doubleheader. Gainer’s three-hitter shut down the nation’s top ranked offense. For the day he pitched 7.0 innings, allowed three hits, two earned runs and struck out nine batters for the complete game one win.
Albany State University – Flirted with a no-hitter against a national ranked team
Michael Reddick kept the University of Tampa in check in game two of the doubleheader as the Golden Rams hosted the No. 8 ranked NCAA Division II team. Reddick was dueling with the opposing pitcher, as he carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before issuing a single for Tampa’s first hit in the ball game. For his outing, a ASU 3-0 win, Reddick pitched 6.0 innings with 2 hits yielded, no runs, no earned runs, striking out 6 batters.
Florida Memorial University –
The Lions faced mid-week game against Florida National University and weekend action in two games verses Nyack College and one with Purdue University North Central. Sergio Chil had a monster week at the plate for the Lions. In four games as the Designated Hitter (DH) Chil’s plate appearances produced a .714 batting average in 14 at bats, 3 runs, 10 hits, and recorded 5 runs batted in propelling Florida Memorial to a 3-1 record this week.