Baseball Rises Above Setback to Take Alcorn Series 2-1

LORMAN, Miss. – After suspending game two of the Alcorn road series Saturday night, the Jackson State baseball team was unable to continue its winning-streak falling 9-6 to the Braves Sunday morning. The Tigers regrouped in game three to grab a 9-4 victory, taking the series 2-1 and improving their record to 31-12 overall and 17-4 in conference play. Despite the game two loss, JSU remains the highest ranked team in the Southwestern Athletic Conference

In game one, Mark Watson took the loss on the mound for a 3-3 record. Watson, junior right-hander, entered the game after the suspension to start the game Sunday morning in the top of the sixth with a 5-5 tie. The Orlando, Fla. native pitched 2.1 innings for two hits against, two runs (one earned), one walk, and five strikeouts.

Jonathan Aponte started the game, pitching 5.0 innings for eight hits against, five earned runs, three walks, and three strikeouts. Two other Tigers saw action on the mound. Joshua Santiago and Jesse Anderson entered the game in relief in the eighth inning to each pitch 0.1 innings.

Cornelius Copeland, senior infielder, led the Tiger offense going 2-for-4 at the plate with three runners batted in. Bryce Brown tied the game high of three hits and Jarvis Warner led JSU in runs with two.

The Tigers rebound in game three with Miguel Yrigoyen claiming the pitching win to improve his record to 7-2. The Valencia, Venezuela native pitched 8.1 innings for four hits against, four runs (two earned), two walks, and eight strikeouts. Jose Tirado entered the game in the ninth inning to relieve Yrigoyen and close the game.

JSU will bring the game back home on Wednesday, April 26 when they host the University of New Orleans in non-conference play. The first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.