Who’s Hot In HBCU Baseball-Week One

With the season officially open, Who’s Hot In HBCU Baseball reports on the baseball programs and players who stood out in their weekend series this past weekend…

Florida Memorial University

The Florida Memorial Lions (3-3), in its home opening three-game series against the University of South Carolina-Beaufort won one of the three games over the weekend. In a 4-1 game one win, Lions’ starting pitcher Johnaikel Acosta had a dominate performance and recorded his first win of the 2021 season.

Johnaikel Acosta in his complete game outing  allowed one run (earned) on five hits and ten strikeouts.



Edward Waters College 

The Tigers defeated Warner University 4-3 in the series opener recording its first win of the season, but fell in game 2, 5-4. In game 1, three Tiger pitchers were able to combine and hold off a good hitting Warner ball club and limit the Royals scoring chances in the win.

Starter Will Valenti picked up the victory for the Tigers on the mound, going 3.1 innings pitched, allowing four hits, two earned runs, and two strikeouts.




Tyler Mills, in relief, shut down Warner going 2.2 innings, gave up two hits, no runs while facing ten batters.




Darius Blasingane, in 1.0 inning recorded the save for EWC.





Albany State University

The Rams (1-1) split its 2021 season opening series doubleheader with Emmanuel College losing game 1 by the score of 3-2, then defeated the Lions in game 2 scoring two insurance runs late to win its first game of the season 6-3. Albany State’s pitching staff record 17 total strikeouts in the two-game series.

Malik Barrington, RHP, in the 3-2 loss, went 5.2 innings pitched, allowed three hits, three runs, one walk and struck out 11 batters.





Michael Reddick, RHP game two starter , threw 5.0 innings, allowed four hits, allowed three runs and four Ks.





Brock Rountree, RHP, in relief, threw two innings, allowed two hits, and struck out five batters in game two.


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