Contributed by: Grambling Athletic Communications
BATON ROUGE, La. | Drexler Macaay belted two home runs on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough as the Grambling State University baseball team dropped the final game of a Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) series to Southern University, 13-8 at Lee-Hines Stadium.
Grambling State (10-13 overall, 7-5 SWAC) were swept by the Jaguars in Baton Rouge, La. for the first time since 2015.
How It Happened
Grambling State plated two runs on two hits in the second inning to grab a 2-0 lead and the Tigers added to the lead on a solo homer by Maccay in the fourth.
Southern (14-9, 8-1) took a 4-3 advantage with four runs on three hits in the bottom of the fourth.
The Tigers answered with a big fifth inning, highlighted by a two-run homer by Macaay.
With two down in the frame, Ace Felder singled and advanced to second on a Trevin Bolden walk. Isaiah Torres doubled to left to plate Felder and Bolden. Macaay followed and belted a 0-2 pitch over the left field wall as Grambling State took a 7-4 lead.
However, the lead was short lived as Southern plated five runs on four hits in the bottom half of the inning to take a 9-7 advantage.
The Tigers cut the deficit to 9-8 with a run in the seventh, but the Jaguars proved to be too much. Southern scored two in the seventh and two more in the eighth for the 13-8 victory.
Inside the Numbers
– Grambling State finished with eight runs on nine hits, committed three errors and left five on base
– Garrett Smith and Drexler Macaay led the Tigers offense by going 2-for-3 at the plate
– Isaiah Torres had two hits, while Ace Felder, Nick Wheeler and Kevin Whitaker each collected one hit a piece
– Ryan Huntington started on the hill for the Tigers and lasted 3.1 innings. He surrendered four runs on seven hits, with three walks and one strikeout
– Kaelin Woodward (0-2) took the loss in 1.1 innings in relief. He gave up two runs on four hits and walked three
– JC Bonilla, D’Quan Matthews and Grant Landry also pitched in relief
– Southern finished with 13 runs on 16 hits and stranded 13 on base
– Johnny Johnson led the Jaguars at the plate by going 4-for-5, with two RBIs and two runs scored
– Jacob Snyder started on the mound for Southern and pitched 4.0 innings. He gave up three runs on three hits, walked two and fanned four
– Austin Haensal picked up the victory for the Jaguars in 1.0 innings of relief. He gave up one run on one hit and walked one
– Eli Finney, Larry Barabino, Whilhelm Allen and Connor Whalen also worked in relief
Grambling State returns to action with a midweek non-conference game against Alcorn State. First pitch against the Braves is set for 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Wilbert Ellis Field at R.W.E. Jones Park.