Contributed by: Grambling Athletic Communications
GRAMBLING, La. | The Grambling State University baseball team scored all four of its runs on Sunday afternoon on walks as the Tigers earned their first Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) sweep since 2017 with a 4-1 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Wilbert Ellis Field at R.W.E. Jones Park.
Grambling State (10-9 overall, 7-2 SWAC) scored one run in the fifth and three in the sixth, all courtesy of walks, and held off a late rally by Arkansas-Pine Bluff to get the three-game SWAC sweep.. The last time the Tigers recorded a three-game SWAC sweep was against Southern in 2017.
How It Happened
Grambling State opened the scoring with one run in the fifth inning to break the 0-0 tie.
Garrett Smith walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Smith moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Trevin Bolden and scored when Ace Felder reached on a fielder’s choice.
The Tigers added to the lead in the sixth.
With one down in the frame, Ian Bailey doubled and moved to third on an Isaiah Torres ground out. Drexler Macaay and Smith drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. All three runners came across to score on walks to Bolden, Felder and Smith to give Grambling State a 4-0 lead.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-16, 1-8) loaded the bases in the ninth at plated cut the margin to 4-1 after a hit by pitch to Brandon Simon. However, Ricardo Sanchez bounced into the game-ending double play to give the Tigers the three-game sweep.
Inside the Numbers
– Grambling State finished with four runs on five hits, committed three errors and left nine on base
– Garrett Smith led the Tigers at the plate by going 2-for-2, with a pair of runs scored
– Kevin Whitaker, Ian Bailey and Ace Felder each recorded one hit
– Ryan Huntington (2-1) started on the mound for GSU and fanned three in 6.1 innings pitched. He gave up one hit and walked one
– Kaelin Woodard worked 2.0 innings in relief, while Grant Landry earned his second save by working 0.2 innings.
– Arkansas-Pine Bluff finished with one run on three hits and stranded seven baserunners
– Jarficur Parker led the Golden Lions at the plate by going 2-for-4
– Peyton Burks (1-4) took the loss as he surrendered four runs on three hits, walked four and struck out a pair in 5.2 innings of work
– Dalton Acosta, Jordan O’Guinn and Antoine Lester pitched in relief.
Grambling State returns to action with a non-conference game on Tuesday at Jackson State. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. from Braddy Field.