Edward Waters picked up a massive road victory over a Savannah State team that had won 13 consecutive games and was ranked No. 1 in major HBCU baseball polls.
The Tigers had to use extra innings to pick up a 6-5 victory in 10 innings.
The victory for the Tigers also gave them their ninth win over the last 13 contests.
EWU (18-21) utilized a strong offensive effort on Friday, outhitting Savannah State (28-7) 12-9 in the contest. The Tigers pitching duo of starter Alexander Davila and relief pitcher Caden Hutchinson were also impressive, combining for six strikeouts.
Edward Waters hit the scoreboard first in the top of the 1st inning thanks to an RBI single from Daquarius Thompkins.
The Tigers extended their lead by one in the top of the second on a John Nobles RBI single to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
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SSU cut the lead in half in the bottom of the 3rd with an RBI triple to make it a 2-1 ballgame.
EWU extended its lead in the top of the fifth when Payton Shubert hit a mammoth two-run home run — his team-leading fourth of the season and third in the last six games — to push the advantage to 4-1.
Savannah State would not be denied in the bottom half of the fifth with two RBI singles to cut the lead back to one at 4-3.
SSU tied it at 4-4 in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI single.
The two teams went scoreless in the ninth inning, pushing the game to extra innings. Edward Waters plated two runs in the top of the 10th inning.
A Shubert RBI triple, and an RBI single from Luis Rodriguez gave the Tigers a 6-4 lead.
Savannah State was able to pull one run back in the bottom of the 10th on an RBI sacrifice fly, but Caden Hutchinson was able to close the door on an SSU comeback to preserve their one-run victory.
Payton Shubert fell a single and double short of hitting for the cycle, finishing the game 3-for-5 with a triple, a home run, three RBIs, and two runs scored. Daquarius Thompkins also went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored for Edward Waters.
Starter Alexander Davila picked up a no-decision in the game, going eight innings, allowing eight hits, four earned runs, one walk, and five strikeouts.
Caden Hutchinson picked up his first career collegiate victory on the mound in relief, going two innings, allowing one hit, one earned run and two walks.
Courtesy: Edward Waters Athletics
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