Alabama State Win Thriller In Walk Off Fashion Over FAMU at SWAC Baseball Tournament

By Fred Singleton, Sports Information Alabama State,

ATLANTA, Ga. | Jayden Sloan’s RBI single in the top of the ninth gave Alabama State University a 9-8 walk off win over Florida A&M University at 2023 SWAC Baseball Championship on Thursday at Russ Chandler Stadium. 

The Hornets erupted for five runs in the bottom of the ninth to erase an 8-4 deficit. Cristian Lopez’s double down the right field line tied the game to set the stage for Sloan. 


  • Ali Lapread two-run double gave the Hornets a 2-0 lead in the first inning.  
  • Will Brown had an RBI triple in the second, and Sebastian Greico got a run home with a sac-fly in the third to tie the game 2-2.  
  • The Rattlers took a 5-2 lead in the fifth. Joseph Perini and Will Brown had RBI singles, and a run scored on an error.  
  • Ian Matos delivered a two-out double and scored on a Hay single up the middle to cut the FAMU advantage to 5-3 in the fifth.  
  • Sebatian Greico hit a two-run home run as part of a three-run eighth to give FAMU an 8-3 lead.  
  • Lopez singled and scored on a wild pitch to end the eighth inning down 8-4. 
  • Alabama State erupted for five runs in the bottom of the ninth. Randy Flores walked and scored on a wild pitch. Matos and Hay. worked one out walks, and Lapread singled to load the bases. Matos scored on a Corey King sacrifice fly, and Lopez doubled in Hay and Lapread to tie the game, 8-8 and set up Sloan’s RBI single.  


  • Adiel Melendez (2-0) earned the win, working 1.1 innings. Melendez yielded a run on two hits with a strikeout.  
  • Zach Morea (4-3) took the loss for the Rattlers, giving up two runs on three hits with three strikeouts. 


  • The Hornets had three extra base hits, all doubles, and lead the SWAC with 227 extra base hits.  
  • Alabama State had double digit hits for the 40th time. 
  • Lapread had two hits with a double and two RBI. 
  • Lopez drove in two runs on two hits with a double. 
  • King, Hay and Sloan had RBI singles.  

UP NEXT: Alabama State awaits the winner of Prairie View A&M and Florida A&M on Friday at 2 p.m. (CT).  

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