The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff baseball team lost the series finale to Texas Southern 9-6 Sunday at Torii Hunter Baseball Complex/Bill Jones Field.
Andrew Szalkowski and Ryan Mallison each had two hits for UAPB (5-22 overall, 2-10 SWAC), which returns to action Wednesday at Stephen F. Austin.
Trailing 1-0, the Golden Lions started fast in the opening inning. Justin Robinson leadoff with an infield single before Nick Kreutzer walked. Andrew Szalkowski singled to left field scoring Robinson as Kreutzer moved to third. An RBI groundout by Larry Sims scored Kreutzer. With two out, Mallison's single to center scored Szalkowski for a 3-1 lead.
After Texas Southern (8-17, 6-6) scored three runs in the third, the Golden Lions tied the score in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Sims doubled to left field and scored on Mallison's singled to center to even the score at 4-4.
Trailing 7-4, UAPB scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh. Robinson walked, and Kreutzer reached on an error. With one out, Sims reached on a fielder's choice as an error loaded the bases. Robinson then scored on a passed ball as all the runners advanced one base. Brandon Simon then reached on an error, allowing Kreutzer to score to cut the deficit to 7-6, but the Golden Lions could get no closer. Texas Southern added two runs in the ninth for the final margin.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff baseball team lost late in the home Southwestern Athletic Conference opener to Texas Southern 6-3 Friday at Torii Hunter Baseball Complex/Bill Jones Field.
Nick Kreutzer went 3-for-5 with two RBI, Justin Robinson went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, and Brandon Simon went 2-for-4 to lead the 12-hit attack. Will Smith had another strong outing on the mound, pitching 5 2/3 innings allowing five hits and two runs, walking two and striking out three.
UAPB scored a pair of runs in the second inning. With two out, Justin Robinson singled, moving Jarficur Parker to third, who had reached on a fielder's choice. Parker then scored on an error by the catcher, as Robinson stole second. Kreutzer then singled to center scoring Robinson for a 2-0 lead.
After Texas Southern got on the board in the fourth, the Golden Lions answered in the home half of the inning. Robinson singled with one out and scored on a Kreutzer doubled to left center.
TSU scored runs in the fifth and seventh innings to tie the score and added three runs in the ninth for the final margin.
Larry Sims' two-run home run as part a four-run fifth inning broke open a close game and sparked the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff baseball team to a 14-2 seven-inning win over Texas Southern Saturday at Torii Hunter Baseball Complex / Bill Jones Field.
Sims' homer, his third of the season, was one of three long balls on the day for the Golden Lions. Bryce Roesch hit a solo homer, his second, in the second inning as part of his 3-for-4, 2-RBI day as he was a triple away from the cycle. Ricardo Sanchez' three-run homer in the seventh, his second of the season, was his second hit in three at-bats and ended the game for the Golden Lions (5-21 overall, 2-9 SWAC).
Peyton Burks got the win, pitching 5 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits and two runs (one unearned), with four walks and five strikeouts. Jordan O'Guinn got the final four outs of the game, including the last out in the sixth when he entered the game as Texas Southern loaded the bases but did not score.
Tied 2-2 in the fifth, Sanchez singled to right, stole second and had moved to third on the second out of the inning. Nick Kreutzer singled to right field, scoring Sanchez to put UAPB ahead to stay at 3-2. Andrew Szalkowski then reached on a fielding error, allowing Kreutzer to score.
That set the stage for Sims, who had the green light on a 2-0 count and launched his home run to left that gave the Golden Lions a 6-2 lead that carried over through the remainder of the game as UAPB scored 12 of its 14 runs in the final three at-bats
After O'Guinn ended a would-be Tigers' rally in the top of the sixth, the Golden Lions added three runs in the home half of the inning. Roesch doubled to left center with one out, and Sanchez was hit by a pitch. With two out, Justin Robinson's double off the third base bag and down the left field line scored both runners. Kreutzer then doubled to right field to score Robinson for a 9-2 lead.
In the bottom of the seventh following a brief rain delay, Sims singled to lead off the inning ahead of a walk to Ryan Mallison. Brandon Simon then singled to left field, scoring Sims. Roesch then reached on an infield single, scoring Mallison prior to Sanchez' walk-off homer to right.