It was another lopsided win for No. 1 seed Alabama State.
This time, Alcorn State was steamrolled 16-3 in the late game of the SWAC tournament Thursday at Wesley Barrow Stardium.
The loss sends the Braves into an elimination game against Southern at noon Friday.
The winner has the uneviable task of facing Alabama State again at 6 p.m. Friday.
“We played Southern in the MLB Invitational tournament (a 5-2 win) here on this field early in the season,” Alcorn coach Bretton Richardson said. “They are a different team from that time, and if we don’t play well, it will be our last game of the season.”
Southern lost 27-9 to Alabama State (36-15) on Wednesday, the first day of the tournament.
Yamil Pagan led the way against Alcorn State by going 4-for-4 with seven RBIs, the second consecutive game an Alabama State player had driven in that many runs. After getting 19 hits against Southern, the Hornets pounded 15 against Alcorn State.
Not that Alabama State needed it. All-SWAC pitcher Tyler Howe shut out the Braves on four hits until the sixth inning, when he allowed two one-out singles then a three-run homer by center fielder Justin Barna.
TEXAS SOUTHERN 10, ARKANSAS -PINE BLUFF 0: Arkansas-Pine Bluff had beaten Texas Southern five of the six times they met during the regular season.
On Thursday afternon, TSU dominanted in a game shortened to seven innings by the 10-run-lead rule. Along with Alabama State, defending champion Texas Southern is in the driver’s of seat of having to be beaten twice to be ousted.
Getting ahead consistently in the count, right-hander Robert Pearson allowed just four hits and struck out six.
“I had my off-speed working well,” he said. “But more than anything, my teammates playing behind me, giving me run support, really gave me the momentum as far as being able to be successful.”
It was the second consecutive impressive victory for Texas Southern (23-25), the tournament’s defending champion.
Texas Southern, the West’s No. 3 seed, beat East No. 2 Jackson State 10-3 on opening day before vanquishing Arkansas-Pine Bluff (22-24), the West’s No. 1 seed and who has won the division three consecutive years.
TSU will play at 3 p.m. Friday against of the winner of Jackson State vs. UAPB, who play an elimination game at 9 a.m.
Texas Southern led 3-0 after Olajide Oloruntimilehin’s solo home run with two out in the third.
Javier Valdes doubled in the fifth and later scored.
The Tigers then broke it open with a four-run fifth in which there were three singles and a suicide squeeze bunt that brought in two runs.
First baseman Joel Rosario-Alicea ended the game with a two-run double in the seventh that brought in the ninth and 10th runs.
JACKSON STATE 15, ALABAMA A&M 3: The Tigers got five runs on five hits in the third in taking a 6-3 lead, then eliminated the Bulldogs with a seven-run seventh inning.
Jackson State (33-25) banged out 15 hits in staving off elimination impressively.
Shortstop Lakon Wilson (3-for-4) and first baseman Sam Campbell (2-for-4), the sixth and seventh hitters, each drove in four runs. Howver, pitcher Javon Jacobs never was in trouble against the Bulldogs.