Left fielder Der’Vincent Hamilton hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning, giving Alcorn State a four-run lead in its Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament game against Grambling State on Wednesday at Wesley Barrow Stadium.
It turned out to be decisive in the Braves’ 8-7 victory on the tournament’s first day.
“At the time, I just thought it gave us a good lead,” Vincent said. “But there was still a lot of baseball left to play.”
The win ended a seven-game losing streak and put Alcorn (16-34), the Western Division’s No. 3 seed, into Thursday’s game against No. 1 seeded Alabama State (35-15).
The loss sends Grambling (22-26) into a noon elimination game against Southern (12-31).
TEXAS SOUTHERN 10, JACKSON STATE 2: Reigning champion Texas Southern (23-25) had a four-run second inning to take control early, then finished off Jackson State (33-25) with a five-run ninth.
Winning pitcher Larry Romero allowed eight hits but got out of jams with two base runners in the second, sixth and eighth innings.
ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 16, ALABAMA A&M 6: The Lions banged out 17 hits in a game stopped in the seventh inning because of the mercy rule.
Alabama A&M (13-43), the East’s No. 4 seed, took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first on third baseman Cornelius Woods’ three-run homer.