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Prairie View captures first-ever SWAC Baseball Title

May 21, 2006

PEARL, Miss. – The Prairie View A&M University Panthers overcome a two-run deficit in addition to a strong pitching performance from Wrandal Taylor and Josh Terrell to defeat the Alcorn State Braves 3-2 in the championship game of the 2006 Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball tournament at Trustmark Park. The victory clinches the school’s first-ever SWAC title and a spot in the upcoming NCAA Baseball Tournament.

In a stark contrast to the previous games in the tournament, defense ruled the day as both teams remained scoreless through four innings of play. The Braves finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth when third baseman Chris Walker singled in Scott Spillars to give ASU a 1-0 lead. ASU shortstop Gregory White increased ASU’s lead to 2-0 several batters later after recording a sacrifice fly to score Walker.

Prairie View finally got the best of ASU starter Darryl Jordan in the sixth frame. Rightfielder Eugene Edwards opened the inning with a double to right and was driven in on a two-out single by catcher Brandon Whitby. Leftfielder Johnny Giles followed with a single which set up the game-tying RBI single from first baseman Roshard Shorter.

With the game tied at 2-2 from that point, the contest turned into a pitcher’s duel as PVAMU starter Wrandal Taylor and ASU reliever Matthew Chatwin responded with scoreless performances in the sixth and seventh innings.

In the eighth inning, Prairie View again came up with another big play on two outs as centerfielder Calvin Lester recorded the go-ahead RBI to give the Panthers a 3-2 lead. From that point, PVAMU reliever Joshua Terrell, who recorded two wins and a save in tourney play, shut the Braves down in the eighth and ninth innings in order.

Taylor picked up his 10th win of the season for the Panthers while Edwards led the way on offense with a 3-for-5 performance with one run.

 

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