HOUSTON — Texas Southern scored nine runs in the bottom of the eighth inning thanks to three triples as the Tigers defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 10-4 in UAPB’s regular season finale on Sunday at MacGregor Park.
Next for UAPB — which clinched the Western Division championship Saturday — is the May 14-18 SWAC tournament, which the conference announced Monday has been moved to the New Orleans MLB Urban Youth Academy at Wesley Barrow Stadium as a result of “student-athlete safety concerns” at LaGrave Field in Fort Worth, Texas.
Robert Garza, who finished 1 for 3 with two RBIs, hit a two-run triple to give TSU (22-27, 13-9 SWAC) a 7-4 lead Sunday. After an RBI single by Andrew Garza and Luis Armas made it 9-4, Jaq Gordaya hit the third triple of the inning to give the Tigers the final margin.
UAPB (22-26, 16-7) had a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth. The Golden Lions scored a run in the first, two in the sixth and one in the seventh.
Isias Alcantar hit his fifth home run of the season with a two-run shot in the sixth. Alcantar finished 1 for 4 with two RBIs and a run.
Jaron Gold gave up three runs (two earned) on two hits and did not record an out in the loss. Starter Kyle Schwartz gave up four runs (three earned) on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.
Andre Davis led UAPB with three hits in four trips with an RBI and a run scored.
Vladimir Gomez, Tyler Oertle, Joshua Cassidy, and Rashawn Tillman tallied a hit each.
For TSU, Garza finished 3 for 4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Gordaya was 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a run. Jerry Ford II was 2 for 5 with an RBI and Zach Howell was 2 for 3 with a run scored.
Jamell Blue picked up his first win of the season after three innings of relief. He allowed just one unearned run on two hits. Starter Devin Konarik lasted six innings, allowing three runs (all earned) on six hits with a walk and four strikeouts.
The schedule for the SWAC tournament has not yet been released. Safety concerns at LaGrave Field included an uneven playing surface, nails sticking out of the outfield fence and a lack of drainage in the dugouts, Grambling State coach SWAC baseball coaches committee chair James Cooper told The Advocate of Baton Rouge, La.