NORMAL – The Alabama A&M baseball team fell 4-1 to Jackson State University on Wednesday, May 11, in their final bid for the SWAC baseball post season tournament.
A&M was lead by senior Joseph Bryant who posted the lone run with a solo blast over the center field wall in the bottom of the seventh inning. Unfortunately the Maroon & White was unable to produce any more runs across home plate leaving four on base.
Starting pitcher Manny Lora, who picked up his first win versus Jackson State earlier in the season, did not fare well today giving up four runs, three earned and nine hits. The right handed pitcher threw his second complete game of the year in the 4-1 loss and totaled five strikeouts.
The Tigers eliminated the Bulldogs from contention for a berth in the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament with the victory. A&M finishes tied with Alabama State for fourth place in the Eastern Division, but the Hornets hold the head-to-head series record over the Bulldogs 4-2 on the season.
Four seniors participated in their final game on “The Hill” versus J-State Joseph Bryant, Kenny Kiser, Kency Duarte and Demarcus Steward.
The Bulldogs will complete the 2011 season with a trip to Lawrence, Kansas for a three game non-conference series with the University of Kansas May 13-15.