Alabama A&M Baseball Eliminated From SWAC Tournament
Fort Worth, TX – A&M Baseball fell 6-4 to Prairie View A&M to end their tournament run and 2013 season.
The Bulldogs opened the contest with a 3-0 lead going into the bottom of the second inning.
A&M’s Brandyn Crutcher scored the first run on an error by the PV’s catcher. The Bulldogs second score came by way of Patrick Dodson who scored off a sack fly by Julio Nunez. The third run of the game saw T. J. Lindsey crossed the plate on a throwing error by Prairie View’s second basemen.
The Maroon & White’s final score of the 2013 season resulted in Deon Hall, who reached first base on an error, scoring after Dodson connected on his only hit of the game.
Brandyn Crutcher led all Bulldogs with three hits in five at bats and a run. Dodson, Austin Husley and Lindsey were the other Maroon & White players who accounted for the six hits in A&M’s second round match-up.
Senior Sanchez Tucker earned only his third loss of the year after going six innings giving up seven hits, five runs and two walks.
The Panthers started their offensive assault in the bottom of the second inning with a run then tied the score at three all when they collected two scores in the bottom of the fifth.
Prairie View took the lead at 5-3 when Brett Valley hit a screamer to left field scoring Jeff Sealey and Trey Price to give the team from Hempstead, Texas their first lead of the tournament. In the bottom of the eighth inning Price singled to right field and scored Sealey for PV’s final run of the game and eventually the win.
“Tough loss after a long day. Obviously that’s not how you want to go into the tournament and lose out,” said head coach Michael Tompkins. “I think we have set a foundation and it’s not going to be how we go in but what seed we go in from here on out.”
“I want to thank our seniors for the work they put in in becoming a part of that foundation,” Tompkins continued. “I feel bad for them because it’s a tough pill to swallow losing the way we did.”
Those seniors Tompkins mentioned include Walton Ashwander, Sanchez Tucker and Deon Hall.
AAMU ends the 2013 season with an 8-41 overall record and a 6-16 conference mark with a fourth place finish in the Eastern division of the SWAC a first since 2009. The wins are the most for the youngest head baseball coach in America in only two short seasons.
Courtesy Alabama A&M Media Relations