Alabama State and Bethune-Cookman eliminated
South Alabama 6, Alabama State 3
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (SWAC.org) – South Alabama defeated Alabama State 6-3 in the elimination game of the first round of the NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament, ending the Hornets 2016 season.
Alabama State (38-17) took an early lead in the second inning when Eriq White hit a two-run home run. Hunter Allen collected up a single to third base in the at-bat prior.
South Alabama (41-21) picked up a run in the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Danny Martinez, cutting the Hornets lead to 2-1.
Ray Hernandez hit a solo home run to left field in the fourth inning to put Alabama State back up by two.
South Alabama answered with a run in the bottom of the fourth with a sacrifice fly by Drew LaBounty.
The Jaguars then added a single run in the seventh to take the lead and three more in the eight to push away from the Hornets.
Seven different Hornets collected hits in the contest. White picked up two RBI while Hernandez collected one.
The South Alabama offense was led Martinez with three hits, including a double, and two RBI. Travis Swaggerty also tallied three hits, with a triple, in the contest. Cole Billingsley picked up two RBI on two hits.
Jaguars’ starter Randy Bell (7-1) scattered three runs on seven hits and struck out eight in a complete game victory.
Hornets’ hurler Tyler Howe (10-3) took the loss in relief. Howe gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits in one inning out of the bullpen. ASU starter Angel Alicea scattered three runs on 10 hits, struck out five and walked three in seven strong innings.
Georgia Tech 12, Bethune-Cookman 3
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (bcuathletics.com) – Bethune-Cookman’s 15th NCAA Regional appearance ended with a 12-3 loss to Georgia Tech Saturday afternoon at McKethan Stadium at the University of Florida.
Demetrius Sims posted two hits and Nathan Bond drove in two runs for the Wildcats, who erased a 3-0 deficit to manage a 3-3 tie on Michael Cruz’s RBI single in the fourth.
Georgia Tech regained the lead with a three-run fifth, and the Yellow Jacket pitchers would limit the Wildcats to two base runners over the final five innings to remain alive in the double-elimination tournament.
A six-run ninth, highlighted a three-run Tristen English three-run homer, pushed Georgia Tech’s lead to 12-3.
After Georgia Tech took an early 3-0, B-CU came back with two runs in the third. Cruz walked, Danny Rodriguez singled and Bond stroked a two-out double to right.
The Wildcats used a two-out rally in the fourth to tie it with Rakeem Quinn, Sims and Cruz hitting consecutive singles.
Alex Seibold, who had relieved German Hernandez and got the Wildcats out of a third-inning jam and had a solid 1-2-3 fourth, finally gave up a run after three consecutive scoreless relief appearances, including the 1-0 victory over Norfolk State in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament final.
Jameel Edney also had a hit for the Wildcats. Ivan Coutinho had two scoreless innings of relief before getting reached for two runs in the ninth.
Bethune-Cookman finishes the season 29-27.