Tigers use 8-run first to defeat Braves

Contributed by: Grambling Athletic Communications

GRAMBLING, La. | The Grambling State University baseball team used an eight-run first inning and sent 12 batters to the plate as the Tigers began a five-game homestand with a 12-5 victory over Alcorn State on Tuesday night at Wilbert Ellis Field at R.W.E. Jones Park.

The Tigers (9-8) plated eight runs on seven hits in the bottom of the first inning to take an 8-0 advantage.

 D’Quan Matthews and Garret Smith walked to start the frame. Marshawn Taylor singled up the middle to load the bases. Richard Ortiz followed with a double to left center to plate Matthews and Smith, while Taylor advanced to third. Taylor came across to score on a wild pitch as the Tigers led 3-0 off Alcorn State starting pitcher Tyler Smith.

With no outs and still in the first inning, Isaiah Torres singled up the middle as Ortiz scored. With one down, Torres stole second and came across to score when Drexler Macaay singled to left center. Trevin Bolden singled to left as Bolden stopped at second. Kristian Franklin walked to load the bases for the second time in the frame.

After a pitching change, Matthews, batting for the second time in the inning, singled up the middle to plate Macaay, Smith followed with a two-RBI single to left as Franklin and Bolden scored. However, the inning ended when Taylor struck out, but the damage had been done with eight runs.

Grambling State added one run in the third, but Alcorn State (5-9) tacked on five runs in the fourth and fifth innings to cut the deficit to 10-5.

The Tigers added some insurance runs with one run in the sixth and one in the seventh for the 12-5 victory.

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