Alcorn State slips past Jackson State

 Alcorn State baseball coach Bretton Richardson.
ALCORN STATE UNIVERSITY Alcorn State baseball coach Bretton Richardson.

BILOXI-- Cedric Bell's RBI single in the eighth inning lifted Alcorn State past Jackson State 3-2 on Friday night at MGM Park.

With two outs in the eighth and the score tied at 2-2, Patrick McMahon and Justin Barna each walked. McMahon scored on Bell's shot over the Tigers' third baseman for the game-winner to lead Alcorn (11-20 7-6, SWAC).

"Execution was the difference," said Alcorn coach Bretton Richardson. "Whenever we needed to make a play from a defensive standpoint, we were able to make those plays. From an offensive standpoint, we didn't make a whole lot of hits, but we made timely hits."

The Tigers (19-15, 6-7 SWAC) took a 1-0 lead after one inning. McMahon's homer sailed over the right field fence to tie the game in the second. In the thir, the Braves grabbed a 2-1 lead on Wallace Rios' sac-fly. Cedric Walker scored on the fly ball.

"That kind of got us going," said Richardson. "They had a little momentum; they scored first, kind of put us on our heels a little bit. That homer kind of allowed us to breathe a little bit, relax a little bit."

Jackson State opened the bottom of the sixth with two hits, the first on a looping base hit by Cornelius Copeland. He stole second base and scored on Calvin Newsome's double for a 2-2 tie. The Tigers, though, ended the inning with with the bases loaded.

"We didn't execute," said Tigers' coach Omar Johnson. "We had opportunities, but we didn't execute. They won the game."

Jahborus Smith, a sophomore from Columbia, got the win for the Braves. Daniel Belmont, a redshirt junior from San Juan, got the save.