UC Irvine leads winners at Urban Invitational
Grambling State, Texas Southern also win Saturday
UC Irvine, ranked No. 24 in the country by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, improved to 2-0 on the season by holding Southern University to just three hits at the Urban Invitational Tournament on Saturday. Starter Matt Whitehouse worked three innings and was followed by right-handed relievers Kyle Hooper and Nick Hoover, who combined to throw six one-hit innings.
Leadoff man Tommy Reyes had two hits and two RBIs for the Anteaters, and he helped swing the game in his team's favor in the fourth inning. Reyes singled in the tying run, and the go-ahead run scored after a strikeout and an error by the third baseman on a snap throw from home.
Jose De Leon started and took the loss for Southern. Stephen Wallace gave the Jaguars an early lead with a double off the wall in the first inning, accounting for the home team's lone extra-base hit. UCI struck out 10 batters and walked just two, and Southern made three errors in the loss.
Grambling State outlasts Alabama State in extras
Grambling State tied the game in the ninth and took advantage of three Alabama State errors in the 12th inning to forge the go-ahead rally in an 8-5 victory at the Urban Invitational Tournament on Saturday. Joe Gil Jr. drew a walk to push the go-ahead run across, and Chris Wolfe and Darren Farmer both added two-run singles.
Alabama State got all of its runs on long balls, with Manny Rodriguez lifting a two-run home run in the seventh inning and Waldyvan Estrada drilling a three-run shot in the 12th. Reliever Greg Matthews escaped jams in the 10th and 11th innings before taking the loss in the 12th.
Grambling State starter Richard Bautista worked into the eighth inning and allowed just three hits for the road team. Reliever Michael Martin got the win despite allowing Estrada's home run in the 12th, and Zach Moreau sealed the final two outs of the game to earn the save.
Texas Southern tops Prairie View A&M
Texas Southern scored the game's first five runs and starting pitcher Darius McClelland threw seven strong innings in a 7-1 victory over Prairie View A&M at the Urban Invitational Tournament on Saturday. McClelland allowed six hits and gave up one run in the win, and shortstop Ray Hernandez helped support him with three RBIs.
Hernandez had two hits and was hit by a pitch twice, and he also scored one of Texas Southern's seven runs. Prairie View starter Derrick Mitchell worked six innings, allowing seven hits and four earned runs in the loss. Texas Southern infielder Jag Gordaya drove in two runs.
Two Prairie View players -- Darryl Johnson and Sterling Smith -- tripled in the loss. Johnson tried to stretch his triple into an inside-the-park home run in the fifth inning and was thrown out. Prairie View trailed by three runs at that point and didn't get on the board until the seventh inning.
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