Southwestern Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament – Day Three Recap

Florida A&M vs Southern

The start to the Florida A&M game, top of the first inning, the Rattlers took advantage of a dropped foul ball error which led to the leadoff hitter Jared Weber being walk. G. Rowell singled through the left side; J. Weber advanced to second. Ty Hanchey doubled to right center; RBI Weber scored FAMU up 1-0.

Florida A&M would add another run in the top of the third Rowell homered to center field for a 2-0 lead. Rattlers bats came alive in the fifth inning scoring five runs. The big blow was a bases loaded grand slam off of the bat of Weber putting FAMU up 7-0.

Southern would claw its way back into the ballgame.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Jaguars plated five runs. Ty Porter led off the fifth with a single up the middle, advanced to second on a throwing error by the pitcher. H. Tabb doubled to Left field scoring Porter. The very next batter J. Rollon walked, J. Armstrong singled to left scoring Tabb. FAMU second error in the inning a miscue by the second baseman allowed two more runs to score. Southern continued to add two additional runs O. Burgos singled up the middle cutting FAMU deficit to two runs 7-5.

The seventh saw Southern rally taking an 8-7 lead. The big hit in the inning, with two runners on T. Spears doubled down the right field line scoring the two runs to record the win.

In the top of the ninth inning, Florida A&M with one out and two men on base. Southern brought in it’s closer shutting down a Rattler come back.


Grambling State vs Texas Southern

Grambling State University baseball team kept their quest alive for a Southwestern Athletic Conference championship title alive with a convincing 14-5 victory over Texas Southern on Thursday afternoon at Young Memorial Field on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

GSU exploded for 18 hits versus TSU’s pitchers tallying hits from beginning to end. Six Tigers had multi-hit performances.

On the mound, JC Bonilla got his first start, and win, of the season. In 5.1 innings, surrendering just one run on four hits, with four strikeouts.

After trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the first, Grambling State scored two runs. With two outs and the bases loaded. Cameron Bufford two run singled made it 2-1.

The bottom of the third, back-to-back singles to open the inning. Shemar Page single to right field, putting GSU on top 3-1. Bufford extended the lead to 4-1 with another RBI single.

John Garcia helped GSU craft a 6-1 lead with a two RBI in the bottom of the fourth inning.

In the fifth inning, Terry Burrell III singled through the right field, plating another Tiger run, to go up 7-1.

Texas Southern scoring four runs to cut Grambling State’s lead to 7-5.

Grambling in the bottom of the sixth, Keylon Mack hit a home run putting GSU up 10-5

In the seventh inning, Trevor Hatton single through the left side of the infield, plating another run for GSU. The Tigers would go on to win the game 14-5.


Bethune Cookman vs Alabama State

Alabama State got on the board first. In the second inning, Chris Lewis tripled to center field. Dilan Espinal reached on an error by Bethune Cookman short stop Matthew Garcia scoring Lewis, Garcia advanced to second on the throw, Christian Lopez singled to left center Espinal scored 2-0.

Bethune Cookman would get the runs back at the top of third inning. With a runner on, Malik Stephens homered to center field to knot the game at 2-2.

Alabama State would get the lead back in the bottom of the inning on a run batted in double off the bat of Hunter May 3-2. The Hornets added two more runs  in the forth inning for a 5-2 lead.

Bethune Cookman would get right back into the game, scored two runs in the fifth and two more three runs in the fifth to take a 6-5 lead.

Alabama State grabbed the lead for good scoring two runs in the eighth inning, Lopez double, Ian Matos triple, and another double in the inning by Trenton Jamison plated the winning runs 8-7.

Bethune Cookman would get a runner on board in the ninth but could not score to end the game.

At the plate for Alabama State, Matos was 3-for-4 scored three runs and one run batted in, Cory King two hits included three runs driven in, Jamison and Lopez each had two hits. The Hornets used six pitchers in the game. Starter Kyle McIntosh went 4.1 innings on the hill allowed seven hits and four runs. Sebastion Colon collects the win in relief.


Prairie View A&M vs Florida A&M 

The Florida A&M Rattlers defeated Prairie View A&M 17-1 to remain in contention for the SWAC championship.

FAMU would start scoring early. Joseph Pierini was walked. Grant Rowell was walked. Pierini advanced to second. Ty Hanchey hit a homer to the right field allowing Pierini and Rowell to score 3-0.

In the bottom of the second, Will Brown singled through the left side. Brown stole second. Weber singled to the left field and Brown scored FAMU up 4-0.

Bottom of three, Rowell reached first from a fielding error. Hanchey hit a homer to the right field, brining Rowell home to score. Bryant followed up with a homer to left center FAMU increasing its lead to 7-0.

Bottom of the fifth inning Rowell doubled to center field. Hancey and Bryant were walked. Rowell advanced to third and Hancey advanced to second. Bryant advanced to third from a wild pitch and Rowell scored making it 8-0 FAMU.

In the bottom of the sixth inning FAMU would score 9 runs. Brown was walked. Weber hit a homer to left field and Brown ran home. Jierini was walked. Rowell was walked and Jierini advanced to second base. Rowell advanced to second from a wild pitch and Jierini to third. Hanchey was walked. Robert Robinson singled through the left side of the field. Hanchey advanced to second, Rowell advanced to third, and Jierini scored. Broedy Poppell eneter as a pinch hitter for Adam Haidermota. Poppell hit a SAC Fly to bring Rowell home. Griffin Long entered as a pinch hitter for Evan Badgar. Long was walked and Robinson advanced to second and Hanchey to third. Brown was hit by pitch and reached first base. Long advanced to second, Robinson advanced to third, and Hanchey scored. Weber singled to right center, advancing Brown to third as Robinson and Long ran home to score. Jalen Niles entered as a pinch hitter for Pierini. Niles was walked. Weber advanced to second. Rowell doubled to right field. Niles advanced to third as Weber and Brown scored making it the final score of 19-1.

Prairie View A&M only run came in the top of the sixth inning. Sebastian Coria singled through the left side of the field. Paul Castro tripled to center field, allowing Coria to score for the Panthers.

Hanchey completed the game with five RBI, three runs scored, and two home runs.


Bethune Cookman vs Grambling State

The first three innings of the game both teams traded outs until Bethune Cookman Jan Reyes reached base hit by pitch, moves to second on Colton Olasin single to left, both runners advance on a wild pitch, Bethune Cookman up 1-0.

BCU Chris Patterson leads off the fourth inning with a single, Irvin Escobar hits into fielder choice Patterson out at second Brian Perez doubles to right field scoring Escobar, Boris Pena doubles to right score two runs, Garcia doubles to right, Bethune Cookman up 4-0. In the inning three runs on four hits.

Top of the fifth inning Matthew Garcia leads of with a single to center. Patterson struck out, Garcia stole second base, Escobar walks, Perez three run homer makes it a 7-0. Pena strikes out, Jeremy Garcia singles to right field, Jan Reyes singles to left Garcia moves to second, Colton Olasin is walk, Garcia to third, Reyes to second to second, Olasin on first. Malik Stephens hit by pitch scoring Garcia, wild pitch plates another run 9-0 Garcia singles two more runs cross the plate, Patterson singles two more runs cross the plate. Bethune Cookman scored 12 runs in the inning win the game 19-0.

Bethune-Cookman eliminated Grambling State to advance to the semifinals of the SWAC Tournament Saturday.


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