Sunday, May 8, 2016

UAPB defeats Grambling for division title

GRAMBLING — A huge fifth inning featuring seven runs lifted the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff to a victory over the Grambling State University Tigers, 15-5, Saturday.

The win gave UAPB the weekend series win, and its third straight SWAC West Division title.

For the first time all season, the Tigers went 0-2 during a weekend series and they are in danger of a first-time season sweep by a Southwestern Athletic Conference opponent. The Tigers have been competitive with UAPB and other SWAC teams all season, but Saturday’s loss at Wilbert Ellis Field means a No. 2 seed for the SWAC baseball tournament in New Orleans later this month.

GSU head coach James Cooper was optimistic, shining a positive light on his team’s game performance, the weekend series and the SWAC tournament.

“We’re playing at home; that’s the biggest positive we’ve got,” he said after the game and looking forward to Sunday afternoon’s final series game. “We haven’t swung the bats exceptionally well here. Hopefully we can come out here and use this home-field advantage to give us a chance to win this game tomorrow.”


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