Grambling completes sweep with 26-3 beatdown of Alcorn

One day after the dominating pitching performance of Shemar Page, the Grambling State University baseball team’s offense took front and center as the Tigers exploded for 20 hits and cruised to a 25-3 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) win in seven innings over Alcorn State on Saturday afternoon at Wilbert Ellis Field at R.W.E. Jones Park. 

Grambling State (17-21 overall, 12-5 SWAC) led 9-2 after two innings and exploded for 12 runs in the fifth inning in winning its 12th straight over the Braves, which dates back to the 2017 season. The Tigers racked up 20 hits, including eight extra base hits, with home runs by John Garcia and Cameron Bufford

– Grambling State quickly got things started in the bottom of the first inning, with all four runs coming with two outs 
– Shemar Page walked and advanced to second on a Trevor Hatton single through the left side 
– John Garcia cleared the bases, belting a 1-0 pitch deep over the center field wall, giving GSU a 3-0 lead 
– Julian Murphy singled and moved to second when Cameron Bufford was hit by a pitch 
– Aries Gardner brought Murphy in to score on a base hit to center as the Tigers extended the lead to 4-0 
– Alcorn State closed the gap to 4-2 in the top of the second inning as Ryan Sonnier homered to left 
– GSU plated five runs on five hits in the second inning to extend the lead to 9-2 
– With one out, Jarficur Parker singled through the left side and moved to second on a balk with two outs 
– Hatton walked and Garcia singled to center, scoring Parker 
– Murphy followed with a double to the gap in left center as Hatton scored 
– Bufford tattooed a 3-2 pitch over the left-center fence as Grambling State was in cruise control at 9-2 
– The Tigers plated two more runs in the third and fourth innings, leading 13-2 
– Grambling State put the game away in the fifth, scoring 12 runs on five hits and took advantage of two errors to push the margin to 25-2 

– Grambling State scored 25 runs on 20 hits and left eight on base 
– Alcorn State, which saw its scoreless streak to the Tigers end at nine innings (dating back to the April 3 game) finished with two runs on three hits, committed two errors and stranded three on base 
– Julian Murphy led the way at the plate by going 4-for-4, with four runs scored and two RBI 
– Aries Gardner went 3-for-4, with two runs scored and two RBI 
– John Garcia went 2-for-4, with five RBI and three runs scored 
– Trevor HattonShemar PageJarficur Parker and Terry Burrell each collected two hits 
– Jacorey Boudreaux (6-2) pitched five innings, giving up a pair of runs on two hits, with four strikeouts 
– Brett Washington and Emir Garrettworked an inning each in relief 
– Austin Guzman was scheduled to start against the Tigers, but in one of the most bizarre incidents, Guzman was struck in the back of the head by the baseball prior to the first pitch and was replaced by Payton Baylis 
– Baylis (0-2) took the loss as he gave up 13 runs on 15 hits, with a pair of walks in four innings 
– Brandon Dunn, DJ Lewis and Diego Lopez-Molina pitched in relief 

Grambling State wraps up its three-game SWAC series against Alcorn State on Sunday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. from Wilbert Ellis Field at R.W.E. Jones Park. 

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