MVSU earns come-from-behind win
ITTA BENA, Mississippi -- The Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils earned a hard-fought, 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the visiting Jackson State Tigers Saturday afternoon at Itta Bena's Magnolia Field.
After both teams scored in the first inning, Jackson State (11-12, 5-4 SWAC) plated two runs: first on a fielder's choice by Charles Epperson and a RBI-single by Jose Cruz. In the JSU fourth inning, Frank Solis singled deep to the left side of the infield to score Kendall Logan.
With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Jerry Hildreth singled to left center to score Ricky Hefflinger. Two batters later, Scott Hornstra singled up the middle to score Hildreth.
In the bottom of the eighth, MVSU's Matt Burton and Derek Wallace had back-to-back RBI-singles to take the lead 5-4.
In the game, Hildreth went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI while Hornstra was 2-for-4 with two runs driven in. Ricky Hefflinger (3-0) pitched three innings of relief allowing one hit for the victory while Steven Barnes earned his second save of the season.
For JSU, Solis went 3-for-4 while Logan, Cruz, Willie Wesley and Jose Cruz each had two hits in the game. JSU pitcher Quintavious Drains worked eight innings allowing four earned runs and striking out six.
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JSU Tigers take two from MVSU Delta Devils
ITTA BENA, Mississippi -- The Mississippi Valley State Delta Devil baseball team fell in doubleheader action to the visiting Jackson State Tigers Sunday afternoon at Itta Bena's Magnolia Field.
Game One: JSU d. MVSU 2-1
In game one, JSU got a two-run home run from Kendall Logan in the top of the fifth inning before MVSU's Scott Hornstra cut into the deficit with a home run to left field in the bottom of the ninth.
JSU's Desmond Russell (4-2) worked nine innings allowing seven hits and two walks while striking out six. MVSU's Eric Dowell (2-4) worked six innings in the loss. Steven Barnes come on in relief, striking out four in three innings of work.
Game Two: JSU d. MVSU 16-9
Jackson State got two 2-run shots from Desmond Russell and a two-run blast from Stephen Curtis en route to a 16-9 win over Mississippi Valley State.
The Tigers garnered 18 hits in the game (six for extra bases) while MVSU punched out 13 hits, but had two errors in the game.
JSU's Terrance Washington worked 7 2/3 innings striking out eight. Barrett Baxley struck out three in two innings of relief for MVSU.