Come from behind wins, game winning home runs, a couple of saves and a pitching gem highlight this past weekend’s action as Black College Nines (BCN) continues its season long coverage of Who’s Hot In HBCU Baseball.
Alabama A&M University:
Alabama A&M took two of the three games in the weekend series beating Alcorn State in game one 11-2. In the first game of the scheduled doubleheader, the Bulldogs were tied at 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth and won 7-5 over Alcorn State enabling A&M to win the weekend series from the Braves 2-1.
Justin Lott finished 3 for 4 with five runs batted in including a game-winning two run home run, in the eighth-inning in Saturday’s 7-5 win over Alcorn State.
Lane swept a doubleheader from Rust over the weekend winning the first game 2-1. Rust was ahead 3-1 in game two until Lane scored three runs in the bottom of the 7th inning for the come from behind 4-3 win to sweep the series.
At the plate In the first game’s 2-1 win, outfielder Treviz Brown scored a run on one hit and stole one base. On the mound in relief, Brown pitched One inning allowing no runs, no hits while facing three batters to record the save. In game two, Brown recorded a single in the bottom of the seventh inning and scored the game winning run on a wild pitch to complete the sweep.
Delaware State University:
In game one of the doubleheader sweep of Marist, the Hornets won the first game 6-1 and completed the sweep with a rain-shortened 3-1 victory in the nightcap. In the first game, Darnell Maisonet pitched four innings to earn the win and belted a three-run home run for the Hornets’ six-run second inning for the win.
In that game, Maisonet allowed three hits and one run, while striking out three and walking one to earn the win. At the plate, He went 1-3 with a home run and three runs batted in.
Bethune Cookman University:
In the opening game of a four-game series, Bethune-Cookman defeated Ohio State at Jackie Robinson Ballpark by the score of 4-3. B-CU Anthony Maldonado pitched a gem in the game registering 10 strikeouts and had a no-hitter going through 6 2/3 innings tying his career-high in strikeouts. Maldonado, after a first inning walk, set down 12 consecutive Buckeye batters until a walk in the fifth. His no-hitter was still intact into the seventh until Ohio State Brady Cherry, with two outs and a two-strike count, single to end the no-hitter bid.
Maldonado finished with seven innings of action, three hits, one run, two walks, and 10 strikeouts.
The Tornados swept it’s arch-rivals Edward Waters in the scheduled four-game series that was cut to three games due to rain. Talladega toppled the Tigers in game one 4-2, again in game two 6-4 then sweeping EWC Sunday 3-1 for the series win.
RHP David Padilla recorded a save in each of the first two games then picked up the win in the third game to complete the sweep. Padilla threw 4 1/3 innings on the mound with no runs, two hits allowed, two saves, one win and five strikeouts.
Prairie View A&M University:
Prairie View defeated SWAC conference foe University of Arkansas Pine Bluff two games to one in its three-game series win the Golden Lions. UAPB took game one 17-2, but the Panthers stormed right back rallying late after being down 6-2 in the 7th inning by plating seven runs to win game two 9-7. Then PVAM closed out its three-game series with a 9-2 win over Arkansas Pine Bluff.
Designated Hitter Dalton Horner was big at the plate in all three games. For the series, Horner, in 13 at bats, collected 6 hits (hitting .461 for the series), scored 2 runs, one double, one stolen base and five runs driven in. In the finale, Horner went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run to seal the series win.