Saturday, April 23, 2016

Alabama State clinches East Division

ITTA BENA, Mississippi – The Alabama State Hornets captured the program’s third-straight SWAC East title on Saturday, with a 10-0 victory over Mississippi Valley State at Magnolia Field.

The Hornets improve to 17-0 in SWAC East action and 25-14 on the year while the Delta Devils fall to 6-29 for the season and 4-16 in conference play.

Hornet starter Tyler Howe (7-3) threw a complete game one hitter and only allowed two other Delta Devils to reach base, (one walk and hit batter), while matching a season-high 10 strike outs in the win.

The Alabama State offense exploded for 14 hits, as Yamil Pagan and Carlos Ocasio both collected three hits, including a double each. Pagan also added a triple as Ocasio batted in three runs. Dillon Cooper chipped in two hits and two RBI as well.

MVSU’s Drew Wheeler collected his base hit in the first inning, while Arrington Smith was hit by a pitch in the fourth. Marcus Jones drew a walk in the fifth inning for the Delta Devils.

On the hill, Smith (3-8) gave up eight runs (seven earned) on 12 hits, striking out two, walking one and hitting three batters to take the loss.

The final game of the weekend series is Sunday at Magnolia Field, with first pitch set for 1 PM.
SWAC Baseball.


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