Jackson State rebounded from a first-day loss and routed Prairie View 10-1 on Thursday to remain alive in the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament.
The Tigers (31-24) take on (Southern, Alabama State) at 9 a.m. Friday. Prairie View’s season ended with a 15-36 overall record.
JSU outhit the Panthers 14-6, with five players earning multiple hits.
The Tigers were led by Jesus Santana, who finished 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI. Jevon Jacobs pitched a complete nine innings, giving up one earned run, one walk, and striking out a game- and tournament-high 13 batters.
Jackson State jumped out on top in the second. With two outs and a runner on second, Kendal Davis sent a full-count pitch to center, scoring the opening run. He then scored the eventual game winner when Gary Thomas singled through the right side.
The Tigers added four more on in the third and one in the fourth and fifth innings to extend their lead to 7-0.
Prairie View finally responded in the sixth. Walter Wells led off with a double down the left-field line. He advanced to third on a groundout and scored when Angel Avalos grounded to second.
But Jackson State put two more across to secure the win and advance.
ALCORN STATE 13, ALABAMA A&M 3: Alcorn State played its way to the second quarterfinal game with an easy win over Alabama A&M in seven innings.
The Braves (16-40) will play again at noon Friday, when they’ll face the loser of Thursday night’s late game between Texas Southern and Grambling.
Alabama A&M, the No. 2 East seed, closed its season with a 26-31 record.
Ashton Lewis and LaDerrick Williams each finished with a game-high three hits on the day. Williams also earned two runs and two RBIs, while Lewis picked up one run and three RBIs of his own.
Braves starter Cedric Walker went a complete seven innings to earn his sixth win of the season. He struck out a game-high four while only giving up two earned runs.
Both teams put runs across in the first, but Alcorn opened it up in the bottom of the second inning. With the bases loaded, Williams singled up the middle, scoring Walter Vives.
Bulldogs starter Josh Burchell then walked a run in and hit a batter, giving athe 3-0 lead. After Burchell struck out the next batter, Ashton Lewis singled through the left side, bringing two more across.
The teams swapped two-run innings before the Braves put five more across in the sixth.