Powerful bats and pitching dominance during midweek and weekend action highlight this week’s Who’s Hot In HBCU Baseball…
Kentucky State University
Joseph Esparza had another monster midweek and weekend in the batter’s box. He has homered in his last four games. In nonconference midweek action Esparza went 2-for-5 with a homerun and 1 run batted in against Asbury. In the weekend SIAC conference match with Savannah State he had 8 hits in 12 at bats with 1 double, 4 home runs, and 6 runs batted in. This season he’s 27-for-50 for a .540 average with 8 doubles, a triple, 9 home runs and 30 runs batted in 13 games.
Jackson State University
Jordan Smiley recorded 10 runs batted in during the Tigers weekend schedule sweeping Alcorn State. In the opening series, Smiley was 1-for-3 with a triple and 3 runs batted in. In game two, a 19-7 win over Alcorn, he was 3-for-5 with 2 doubles, and 7 runs driven home.
Jesse Caver on the mound for the Tigers, in 8.0 innings pitched allowed just 4 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run while striking out 10 batters in JSU’s series opening 13-1 win over Alcorn State.
Bethune Cookman University
Nolan Santos threw 8.1 innings pitched in which he allowed only one earned run on five hits, a walk, and ten strikeouts in the Cats 14-2 win over Longwood.
Savannah State University
Enrico Peele in 4.0 innings of work (4-0), struck out 8 batters in 4.0 innings, gave up 3 hits, 1 run, and 1 earned run.
Khalil Robinson’s live bat led the Bearcats past Xavier of Louisiana blasting three home runs enroute to a11-9 come from behind win in midweek action. Robinson hit a one-run shot in the fourth, a two-run shot to tie the at nine, then another two-run bomb in the 12th inning to account for the winning runs. Robinson collected four hits, five runs batted in, three round-trippers, four scores, and a walk.