GRAMBLING, La. | The Grambling State University baseball team rallied for seven runs, six coming on walks, in the fifth inning as the Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak with an 8-7 victory over Alcorn State on Tuesday night at Wilbert Ellis Field at R.W.E. Jones Park.
Grambling State (11-13) trailed 6-1 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Tigers rallied with seven runs (all with two outs) on two hits and took advantage of an error to grab their first lead of the night – one that they never let go – in the 8-6 victory.
How It Happened
Alcorn State plated three runs in the top of the first inning, but Grambling State answered with one run in the bottom of the frame.
Ace Felder began the inning with a double down the right field line. Trevin Bolden walked and Isaiah Torres bounced into a double play as Felder stopped at third. Drexler Macaay followed with a base hit to left to score Felder from third.
The Braves took advantage of an error in the third and added another run in the top of the fifth to extend the advantage to 6-1. However, the Tigers plated seven runs, six on walks, in the bottom of the frame to grab an 8-6 lead.
With two outs in the frame, Torres singled to right and moved to third on back-to-back walks to Macaay and Garrett Smith. Nick Wheeler followed with a single through the left side and advanced to second, while Torres and Macaay scored. The Tigers sent the next six batters, Jalin McMillian, Michael Sookdeo, Kevin Whitaker, Jr., Felder, Bolden and Torres, to the plate and each were reached base on a walk, which allowed Grambling State to take the 8-6 advantage.
The Braves put two runs on with one out in the eighth, but Macaay threw out a base runner and JC Bonilla got Jordan McGowan on a strikeout to end the threat.
In the ninth inning, the Braves cut the deficit to 8-7 with an unearned run, but Kaelin Woodard came on to record the final out to help the Tigers snap a four-game losing streak.
Inside the Numbers
> Grambling State finished with eight runs on eight hits, committed three errors and left 10 on base
> Isaiah Torres paced the Tigers offense by going 2-for-4, with an RBI and one run scored
> Ace Felder, Trevin Bolden, Drexler Macaay, Garrett Smith, Nick Wheeler and Michael Sookdeo each collected one hit
> Kerry Boykins, Jr. (3-0) earned the victory as he surrendered six runs on 11 hits, fanned six and walked two in six innings of work
> JC Bonilla, D’Quan Matthews and Kaelin Woodard (save) pitched in relief
> Alcorn State finished with seven runs on 12 hits, committed one error and stranded 10 on base
> Trey Covert led the way at the plate with three hits, while Tristin Garcia, Kyle Jenkins and Jamey Fabre each recorded two hits
> Tyler Smith started on the mound for the Braves and surrendered five runs on seven hits, with four walks
> Jacob Kieffer (0-3) and Joe Smith pitched in relief
Grambling State returns to action for a three-game non-conference series at Abilene Christian. First pitch against the Wildcats is set for 6 p.m. on Friday in Abilene, Texas.
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