ITTA BENA, Miss. — Leading 7-0 after one inning, Arkansas-Pine Bluff was just getting started.
UAPB marched to a 24-5, seven-inning non-conference victory over Mississippi Valley State on Tuesday, pounding out 18 hits and committing just one error. UAPB also took advantage of four Valley errors.
The Golden Lions (14-22, 8-7 SWAC) now have their first three-game winning streak of the season. Its offense has been on a tear the past two games, winning a 15-5 makeup game against Grambling State on Monday to tie Texas Southern for first place in the SWAC Western Division.
There were surprisingly no home runs in Tuesday’s offensive clinic for UAPB. But Patrick Phillips batted in five runs and scored four of his own despite hitting 1 for 4 to help lead the Lions.
That wasn’t all. Mike Wieland drove in three runs and scored five and Cody De Mera drove in four runs and scored two as each batted 2 for 5. Dylan Calhoun (two RBIs and three runs scored) and Tyler Oertle (RBI and run) each pounded out three hits, and Jacob Whitney was 2 for 2 with two RBIs.
Three of Phillips’ RBIs came on a triple to right center in the first inning. That followed two runs on an error at shortstop on Kirby Campbell’s at-bat and De Mera’s RBI single. Calhoun capped the inning with a one-run single to right field.
The Delta Devils (4-32, 1-11 SWAC) struck back with four runs in the second inning, but the Lions extended the lead to 9-4 in the third on a Wieland double and Isias Alcanter single. The Lions made it 14-4 in the fourth, as Phillips drove in two runs on a flyout, Oertle and Wieland hit one-run doubles and an error by the pitcher on De Mera’s at bat allowed Wieland to score.
In the fifth Wieland drove in another run on a fielder’s choice, Phillips scored on a balk, and Whitney doubled to left field to make it 17-4. Valley scored its last run that inning.
UAPB finished the rout with seven more runs in the sixth: Calhoun hit an RBI single, Wilton Guzman drew a bases-loaded walk, Whitney singled to left for a run, De Mera hit a two-run double, Mike Ludwig slapped a one-run single and Dwayne Hysmith pushed across a run on a fielder’s choice.
Didier Landry allowed four runs (two earned) on three hits in the first 1 1/3 innings, but he earned the win to improve his record to 1-2. Humberto Zavala held Valley to one run on four hits in the next 3 2/3, while Stanten Jones (one hit, three strikeouts) and Grant Glass (no hits) worked the next two innings.
Trey Lacy (0-5) gave up seven runs (two earned) on four hits in the first two-thirds innings to suffer the loss. Five Valley pitchers came on in relief.
UAPB will head to Birmingham, Ala., for a three-game series at Samford starting Friday night.
UAPB 15, Grambling State 5 (Mon.)
GRAMBLING, La. — Phillips launched a two-run home run and scored four runs in helping the Golden Lions win a make-up game over the Tigers, one day after the Lions clinched a home series over the Tigers.
Phillips, Calhoun and De Mera each lined three hits. Alcantar drove in three runs and had two hits, matching Campbell’s and Hysmith’s total. UAPB, which overcame a 4-0 deficit in the first inning, totaled 15 hits to Grambling State’s 12.
The Lions tattooed Edvarda Matusevicius (0-2) for 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings, scoring nine runs (eight earned) off him.
Mickey Ramirez (2-3) did not give up a run on six hits in five innings, pitching the Lions to victory in relief. Kyle Schwartz allowed five earned runs on six hits in the first three innings.
The Tigers (14-21, 8-10 SWAC) committed two errors to the Lions’ zero, but got a home run from Darren Farmer, who went 3 for 4.
Schwartz named SWAC Pitcher of the Week
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Kyle Schwartz became the second consecutive UAPB pitcher to earn the SWAC’s Pitcher of the Week honor, following Jim Ploeger.
Schwartz, a junior right-hander from Long Island, N.Y., recorded a complete game in UAPB’s 8-3 win over Grambling State on Sunday. He gave up seven hits and one earned run while throwing eight strikeouts.