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BILOXI, Miss. – Sam Campbell, senior infielder, went 4-for-4 at the plate for three runners batted in to lead the Tiger offense but it was not enough to hold off the Alcorn State victory. Jackson State baseball (13-8, 4-3) fell 5-4 Friday evening at MGM Stadium.
The Tigers struggled early in the first few innings. Jonathan Aponte, senior right hand pitcher, gave up three hits for an earned run in the top of the first.
JSU allowed a second Brave run in the top of the third on one hit to put the Tigers behind 2-0.
In the fourth inning, Jackson State was able to record its first run of the game. Jesus Santana walked to first base and was advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Jonah Hargroves. Campbell singled up the middle for an RBI to bring Santana home.
JSU pulled a head of Alcorn in the sixth with two runs. Lakon Wilson started the bottom of the inning with a triple to center field. Briggs singled up the middle for an RBI and Wilson scored. Hargroves singled to left field to advance Briggs to second. Campbell singled up the middle to advance Hargroves to second and allow Briggs to score.
Alcorn answered the Tigers in the top of the eighth to score three runs and regain the lead, putting the score at 5-3. JSU scored its last run in the bottom of the eight but it was not enough to retake the lead.
The Tigers fall 5-4 to Alcorn.
Lamar Briggs, junior utility player, also aided the Jackson State offense with four at-bats, two runs, two hits, and one RBI.
Aponte received the loss on the mound for a 3-2 record. The Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico native pitched 7.1 innings, for nine hits against, and five earned runs.
Jackson State will take on the Braves in game two of the series on Saturday, March 18 at Robert ‘Bob’ Braddy Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. Come out and support Tiger baseball.