BATON ROUGE, LA – Grambling State jumped out to a big lead and held on late to take a 9-7 win in Game 2 of the 2009 SWAC Baseball Tournament.
Grambling State (15-35) advances to play the winner of Alabama A&M-Southern Thursday at 6 p.m.
Grambling State scored a pair of runs in the third inning to take a 2-0 lead. GSU scored six times in the fourth inning. Aided by a JSU error, the key hit was two-run double by Steve Kletke down the leftfield line to give Grambling State an 8-0 lead.
Jackson State (35-20) got on the board in the sixth inning. LaDerek
Camper’s two-run single highlighted the rally and cut the deficit to
Jackson State added four runs in the seventh. Jamaal Thelwell’s two-run double down the left field line was the big hit in the inning as Jackson State cut the deficit to 8-7 but they could get no closer.
Grambling State added a key insurance run in the eighth as a two-out error allowed Roby to score for the final margin. Roby went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Klekte 3 RBI to lead Grambling.
Thelwell, Camper and Frank Solis had two RBI each for Jackson State. JSU will play the Alabama A&M-Southern loser Thursday at noon.