By Cameo Stokes Director of Community Relations/ Assistant Director of Strategic Communication UAPB,
Grambling, LA.- The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff baseball scored seven runs in the top sixth inning to top Grambling St. 14-6 in the series opener at Wilbert Ellis Field.
After the Tiger jumped out to a (1-0), freshman Dante Leach sac RBI scored sophomore Timothy Martin who reached base earlier with a tripled to left field to tie the game (1-1), followed by freshman Edwin DeLaCruz homered to left field to give the Golden Lions a (2-1) lead.
Grambling added two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a (4-2) lead before UAPB responded with a leadoff double by DeLaCruz, who would eventually score on an error by the catcher cut the lead to one (4-3). UAPB would take advantage of Grambling three-straight errors on the following three batters to take a (5-3) in the top of the fifth inning. The Tigers would respond at the bottom of the fifth to take their third lead (6-5) of the game.
A seven-run sixth inning for the Golden Lions started with a single and a stolen base by Martin, who scored with an RBI by junior Karsten Vasquez to tie the game at (6-6). With the bases loaded with one out, UAPB bats continued to warm up when junior Braelin Hence blasted a double to right field, scoring three to give the Golden Lions a (10-6) lead. Next at-bat UAPB kept the rally going with a single through the left side by junior Kacy Higgins, followed by senior Nick Kreutzer singled to right field, scoring Hence and Higgins to increase their lead to six (12-6).
The Golden Lions would add another run in the last two innings to put the game away to clinch game one on the road.
Higgins led UAPB at the plate, going 3-for-5 with an RBI, followed by DeLaCruz going 2-for-3 with an RBI. Hence had a 1-for-5 game with four RBIs, along with Irvin going 2-for -3 with an RBI and Martin going 2-for-5, scoring two runs.
Sophomore Jordan Jones started the game on the mound going 4.0 IP with two strikeouts, and teammate Graduate Tony Horn Jr. picked up the win for UAPB. Horn allowed no runs on five hits while striking out four in 5.0 IP.
The two teams will conclude the series today for game two at 3 p.m.