Huntington Dominates in Grambling’s Series Clinching Win over Prairie View

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GRAMBLING, La. | Ryan Huntington pitched six strong innings and surrendered just three runs as the Grambling State University baseball team used a six-run third inning to defeat Prairie View A&M, 8-4, and win the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) series on Sunday afternoon at Wilbert Ellis Field at R.W.E. Jones Park.
 
Grambling State (16-19 overall, 11-7 SWAC) split the doubleheader with Prairie View A&M (13-25, 8-9) on Friday and took the series with the victory on Sunday. The Tigers also won the season series, 4-2.
 
How It Happened
Prairie View A&M loaded the bases in the third inning with no outs and got a pair of sacrifice flies to grab a 2-0 advantage.
 
Grambling State responded with six runs on four hits to take a 6-2 lead in the bottom half of the inning.
 
Warren Laster opened the frame with a bunt and moved to second when CJ Mervilus reached on a fielder’s choice. With one down, Drexler Macaay and Richard Ortiz were hit by pitches to bring in Laster from third. Rafael Ramirez, III singled to right to score Mervilus. Kevin Whitaker, Jr. plated two with a single to left and Jahomi Percival flied out to right to bring in Ramirez and Whitaker to give the Tigers a four-run advantage.
 
The Panthers took advantage of a Tiger error in the top half of the fifth to close the gap to 6-3.
 
Grambling State got the run back in the sixth.
 
With one down in the frame, Mervilus walked and moved to third on a base hit by Isaiah Torres. Macaay struck out and Torres stole second as the catcher’s throw went into centerfield, which allowed Mervilus to score from third to give the Tigers a 7-3 lead.
 
The Tigers picked up an insurance run in the eighth inning.
 
Mervilus reached on an error to begin the frame and moved to second when Torres walked. Macaay reached on a bunt single to load the bases. After a pitching change, Trevin Bolden drew a one-out walk to bring in Mervilus as the Tigers extended the advantage to 8-3.
 
Inside the Numbers
> Grambling State finished with eight runs on eight hits, committed one error and stranded 10 baserunners
Rafael Ramirez, III, Kevin Whitaker and Warren Laster each collected two hits
Ryan Huntington (4-1) pitched six strong innings to earn the victory. He gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits, fanned seven and walked four
Kerry Boykins, Jr. earned his first save in pitching the final three innings in relief
> Prairie View A&M finished with four runs on nine hits, committed four errors and left 10 on base
> Brian Williams, Andrew Garcia and Demarie’ Smith each recorded two hits
> Kyle Smith (4-3) took the loss as he was tagged for seven runs (five earned) on seven hits, walked four and struck out one
> Derrick Curry and Tracy Warren worked in relief
 
Up Next
Grambling State returns to action on Tuesday with a home game against Mississippi Valley State. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Wilbert Ellis Field at R.W.E. Jones Park.
 
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