SWAC Softball pairings set

Courtesy: SWAC

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced the 2021 SWAC Softball Tournament field, with Texas Southern and Jackson State heading into the postseason with respective number one seeds.

Texas Southern (13-5 SWAC) clinched its eleventh-straight Western Division championship. Prairie View A&M earned the #2 seed with a 12-6 record in conference play. Rounding out the field for the SWAC Western Division is #3 seed Grambling State (10-8) and #4 Southern (9-9).

In the Eastern Division, Jackson State comes in as the top seed with a 12-6 record in SWAC competition. Alabama State (10-8) earned the #2 seed and looks for its sixth-straight trip to the championship game, having won the tournament in 2019.

Alabama A&M (8-10) is the #3 seed, and Alcorn State (8-7) is the East’s #4 seed in the tournament field.
Alabama A&M and Alcorn State finished the season tied in wins (8) but AAMU claimed the #3 seed by virtue of owning the head-to-head tiebreaker over Alcorn State. 

The 2021 SWAC Softball Tournament is scheduled to run from May 11-14 at the Gulfport Sportsplex in Gulfport, Miss with May 15 serving as an “if necessary” date to determine this year’s champion. The opening-round matchups are as follows:

Tuesday, May 11
East #2 Alabama State vs. West #3 Grambling State, 9:00 a.m.
West #2 Prairie View A&M vs. East #3 Alabama A&M, 12:00 p.m.
West #1 Texas Southern vs. East #4 Alcorn State, 3:00 p.m.
East #1 Jackson State vs. West #4 Southern, 6:00 p.m.

Be sure to check www.swac.org for all updates and information in relation to the tournament as it is made available. The complete tournament bracket can be accessed by clicking the link above. 

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Alabama State destroys A&M in record fashion

Courtesy: Alabama State Athletics

MONTGOMERY, Ala. | Alabama State closed out the home portion of the 2021 schedule in record fashion with a 32-6 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) victory over in-state rival Alabama A&M at the Wheeler-Watkins Baseball Complex Sunday afternoon.

On a day that Alabama State (23-17, 14-7 SWAC) celebrated three seniors playing their last home and Mother’s Day, the Hornets either broke or tied six team records and three individuals left their mark on the single game record in the 11th consecutive for Alabama State.

The 32 runs scored by the Hornets tied the all-time school record of 32 against Fisk, while the total also broke the Modern-Day record of 28 set against Mississippi Valley State back on April 24, 2016. They also collected 23 hits to break the Modern-Day record of 22 set against Alabama A&M back on April 15, 2018. But it didn’t stop there, the 12 walks earned by the Hornets were the third-most in school history, while the 22 runs batted in rank fourth all-time. Alabama State also came within one double of setting a new school mark, finishing with seven on the day including a pair by Trenton Jamison – becoming the 52nd player in school history to hit the mark.

Record-setting day for the Hornets#STATEofMind | #NCAABaseball pic.twitter.com/rwLTSgu3pZ

— Alabama State Baseball (@BamaStateBB) May 9, 2021

Santiago Garcia tied the school record with five runs scored and Jayden Sloan came just one RBI shy of tying the school mark, finishing with six in the win.

Alabama State sent 17 different players to the plate on Sunday, with only one not reaching base. Sloan led Alabama State at the plate, finishing 4-for-4 with three runs scored and hit his first career home run – a three-run shot in the first to help the Hornets pull away. Garcia ended the day 3-for-4 with a double, while Chris Lewis finished 3-for-3 with four runs scored. Three other players each picked up at least two hits in the win – Jabronski Williams, Jamison, and Dilan Espinal.

The Hornets used four pitchers in the contest with Britt Buckelew (3-1) picking up the win, working 1.1 of relief and allowing just one hit with two strikeouts. He spelled starter Osvaldo Mendez who worked 3.2 innings and allowed a pair of runs on five hits with six strikeouts. Jordan Gould and Payton Harris each worked one inning of relief on the day.

After Alabama A&M scored the first two runs of the game, Alabama State scored in five consecutive innings including eight in the bottom of the first to take an insurmountable lead. They added five more in the second and four in the third to build a 17-2 lead, before erupting with 14 runs in the fourth inning alone and turned the lineup over twice by sending 20 batters to the plate. The Hornets would add one more in the fifth for 32 unanswered runs before Alabama A&M scored three in the sixth and one in the seventh.

Alabama State returns to action this week with a pair of midweek games at Troy (Tuesday) and at Jacksonville State (Wednesday) before prepping for the SWAC Tournament which begins in 10 days.

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