IPFW def. ALABAMA A&M, 15-5, 2-0
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Alabama A&M University fell in both games of its home opening doubleheader Friday to IPFW. The Bulldogs (0-2) dropped game one 15-5 before losing a close 2-0 decision in the night cap. Brandyn Crutcher led at the plate. He finished .500 off two hits, a double and a triple, and scored two of the Bulldogs five runs on the day. Patrick Dodson, Austin Hulsey, and Julio Nunez also had multi-hit days. Roberts earned a 2.57 ERA in his first start of the season, striking out five in seven innings. Devin Smith finished with a team-high seven strikeouts in just five innings on the mound.
Savannah State def. ALCORN STATE, 10-5, 11-1
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Alcorn State University (0-1) could not counter Savannah State’s offensive production Friday, falling 10-5 and 11-1 on the road to open the 2015 season. Collin Carroll hit a team-best .600 on the day, going 3-for-5 from the plate with a solo home run. LaDerrick Williams also collected three hits, including a double, and stole a base. Jahborus Smith struck out a team-high five batters in just four innings of work.
University of South Florida Clearwater Tournament
#7 Louisville def. ALABAMA STATE, 5-1
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Alabama State University nearly upset No. 7 Louisville at the University of South Florida Clearwater Tournament Friday afternoon. The Hornets (0-1) held Louisville to just one run through six innings before falling 5-1. Einar Muniz, Joseph Estrada, and Hunter Allen picked up ASU’s only hits. Starter T.J. Renda went seven innings, striking out six and giving up just three earned runs.
University of Louisiana-Monroe Tournament
Central Arkansas def. GRAMBLING STATE, 8-2
MONROE, La. – Grambling State University (0-1) dropped its season opener in an 8-2 decision to Central Arkansas Friday at the University of Louisiana-Monroe Tournament. The Tigers were led by Siaz on the day. He went 3-for-4 from the plate and scored a run. Edwin Drexler also had a multi-hit day and scored GSU’s second run. Coleman Mckinney appeared for just two innings, but struckout a team-high three batters. Ike O’Bear received the loss.
Illinois-Chicago def. MISSISSIPPI VALLEY STATE, 24-5, 6-0
ITTA BENA, Miss. – Mississippi Valley State University (0-2) could not hold off the University of Illinois-Chicago’s offensive explosion Friday as the Delta Devils fell 24-5 and 6-0 in their home opener. Kalik May finished with a team-best .429 batting average after earning a team-high three hits, including a triple. He also scored two runs and stole two bases in the game. Shawn Wiseman picked up a team-best three strikeouts going a team-high five innings in relief.
Houston Baptist def. PRAIRIE VIEW A&M, 13-3
HOUSTON, Texas – Prairie View A&M University fell 13-3 on the road at Houston Baptist Friday afternoon to open the 2015 season. The Panthers (0-1) had seven collect hits. Connor Wrye hit a triple and Cody Den Beste rocked a two-run homer out of the park. Alberto Aveytia received the loss in his first start of the year. He went five innings, striking out two, and giving up four earned runs.
Jackson State def. Texas-Pan American, 6-5
JACKSON, Miss. – Jackson State University opened its 2015 season with a 6-5 home win over Texas-Pan American Friday. The Tigers (1-0) were led by Tilur Smith and Gary Thomas offensively. Smith hit .667 and picked up an RIB, while Thomas went 2-for-4, scored two runs and stole a base. Rene Colon earned the win for JSU. He went seven innings, striking out three and giving up just two earned runs.
Jarvis Christian School def. Texas Southern, 8-4
HOUSTON, Texas – Texas Southern University (0-1) could not recover from a big third inning by Jarvis Christian School Friday and fell 8-4 in its home opener. The Tigers were led by Javier Valdez and Jerry Ford II. Both picked up two hits on the day. Valdez went 2-for-3 with one run. Jakari Bass entered the game early and went 5.1 innings, giving up just two earned runs to 20 batters faced. Robert Pearson earned the loss for TSU.
McNeese State def. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 6-5
LAKE CHARLES, La. – A late comeback fell short for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Friday as it dropped its season opener 6-5 on the road at McNeese State. UAPB (0-1) led after three innings before falling behind 6-3. The Golden Lions would put two more up in the eighth, but could not produce the game tying run. They were led by Vladimir Gomez and Jose Hernandez. The pair finished with two hits apiece. Gomez was a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate with two RBI. Hernandez scored two runs off his two hits. Billy Olson received the loss in his first start of the year. He went four innings, striking out three, and giving up three earned runs.