UAPB wins 16-4 to take 1st series

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff baseball players practice groundouts during practice at UAPB's Torii Hunter Baseball Complex in this Feb. 16, 2023 file photo. (Pine Bluff Commercial/I.C. Murrell)
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff baseball players practice groundouts during practice at UAPB's Torii Hunter Baseball Complex in this Feb. 16, 2023 file photo. (Pine Bluff Commercial/I.C. Murrell)

Another big offensive day lifted the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff baseball team to its first series victory in SWAC play.

UAPB defeated Alcorn State 16-4 in seven innings Saturday at the Torii Hunter Baseball Complex in Pine Bluff.

After dropping the series opener 8-7 in 10 innings Thursday, UAPB (11-17, 2-7 SWAC) run-ruled the Braves in two-straight games to clinch the series.

UAPB scored 6 runs in the bottom of the first against Alcorn starter Andres Chirinos (0-4), who was pulled after recording two outs. The Golden Lions added 8 in the third and 2 in the fourth to lead 16-0.

Alcorn State (2-18, 1-7) ended the shutout in the top of the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Dillon Crowell, then added 3 runs in the sixth.

UAPB didn't score again but kept its lead large enough to trigger the run-rule in the seventh.

UAPB leftfielder Darrius Brown drove in 3 runs and scored 2 on 1 for 2 hitting.

Jalyn Williams, Carlos Rodriguez-Velez and Trinidad De La Garza added 2 RBIs apiece. Rodriguez-Velez joined Edwin De La Cruz in scoring 3 runs each.

Junior righthander Jaedon Willis (2-3) started for UAPB and pitched 5 innings. He allowed 3 runs, 2 earned, on five hits. He struck out four hitters and walked four before giving way to the bullpen.

Alcorn third baseman Ben Martin led the Braves' offense, hitting 2 for 2 with an RBI and a walk. Catcher Nico Garcia hit 2 for 3 with a run.

UAPB outhit Alcorn 10-5. The Braves committed two errors to UAPB's one.

The Golden Lions will next face Jackson State at 3 p.m. Tuesday in a non-conference game in Pine Bluff.

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