Arkansas-Pine Bluff snapped an eight-game losing streak Sunday when the Golden Lions defeated Southern University 5-4 at the Torii Hunter Baseball Complex.
Southern (5-5, 2-1 SWAC) nearly tied the game in the top of the ninth inning after the first two runners got on base. After giving up one run with one out, UAPB pitcher Redmond Floyd struck out the next batter and got the last batter to fly out to right to end the game.
UAPB (3-9, 1-2 SWAC) will play Texas Christian at 6:30 tonight at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.
Southern led off the top of the ninth with a double by Jose DeLa Torre and single by D.J. Wesley. After Brian Rowry struck out, DeLa Torre scored on a wild pitch. But a strikeout by Brian Ortiz and a fly out by Harley Wiltz ended the rally.
UAPB’s Mike Wieland hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth to give the Golden Lions a 5-2 lead. Wieland’s home run plated Isias Alcantar, who had reached on a fielder’s choice.
Alcantar gave the Golden Lions a 3-0 lead in the third inning when he hit a two-run home run that scored Kirby Campbell, who had reached on an error.
UAPB also scored a run in the first.
Campbell finished the game 3 of 4 with a run scored. Alcantar was 1 of 4 with two runs scored and three RBIs while Wieland was 1 of 3 with a run scored and two RBIs.
Cody DeMera was 3 of 4 for UAPB.
Jim Ploeger earned the victory for UAPB after working 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs (all earned) on nine hits with three strikeouts and three walks. Floyd picked up the save with two innings of work, allowing one run (earned) on two hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
Southern also scored two runs in the fourth and one in the sixth.
Daniel Garcia took the loss after pitching seven innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on 10 hits with one strikeout. Josh Powell gave up one hit in one inning of work.
Wesley finished the game 4 of 4 with one run scored. Kevin Williams was 2 of 3 with three RBIs. DeLa Torre was 1 of 5 with a run and Marcus Tomlin was 2 of 4.