PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The Mississippi Valley State University baseball program used a ten-run second in game one to out-slug the Golden Lions (16-9) then saw game two end in the rare NCAA Division I tie ballgame, 8-8 in seven.
- Final Score (Game 1): Mississippi Valley State 2 | Arkansas-Pine Bluff 1
- Final Score (Game 2): Mississippi Valley State 8 | Arkansas-Pine Bluff 8 (Seven Innings)
- Records: Mississippi Valley State (4-5-1, 0-0 SWAC) | Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-7-1, 0-0 SWAC)
- Location: Pine Bluff, Arkansas – Torii Hunter Baseball Complex
- Series History: N/A
- Winning Streak: N/A (T1) | Mississippi Valley State’s Last Win: March 5, 2021 (16-9) | Arkansas-Pine Bluff‘s Last Win: April 16, 2013 (24-5)
Mississippi Valley State Top Performers
- The best batting average of the doubleheader belongs to Ty Washington as he was 5-of-8 (.625) who scored four times, drove in three, walked twice and stole a base.
- Runner-up goes to Jan Tolentino with a scorching 6-for-10 (.600) day to go along with four RBIs, two runs scored and a double.
- Slugger Dreylin Holmes has been a revelation in the heart of the Delta Devils batting order, knocking his second ball out of the park on top of scoring five times, three ribbies, two walks, a double, a steal, and hitting .500 in eight at-bats.
- Earning the victory in game one was Isaiah Valenzuela, hurling five innings while allowing four earned and a walk despite not registering a single K.
- Abraham Ortiz came on for the final 12 outs in relief of Valenzuela, maintaining the status quo with four innings of three-run ball as well as adding three strikeouts to the ledger.
- Chris Soeder was an RBI magnet for Head Coach Stanley Stubbs, leading the Green and White with five runs batted in over three hits including a sacrifice fly, crossing the plate thrice and coaxing out a pair of ball fours.
- Maury Weaver is making a strong push to be considered the best base stealer in the NCAA, upping his total to 12 with three swipes in game one alone as he came into the weekend ranked fourth nationally. The speedster scored three times, earned two free passes, and knocked home two more.
- Narvin Booker set the table brilliantly for his teammates, hitting 5-of-12 (.417) and totaling nine bases courtesy of a triple and two doubles, both two-baggers coming in game two.
- Angel Perez displayed his “hawk eyes” as he walked four times in two games on a 3-for-6 showing while Davon Mims tallied a double, two ribbies and a sac fly.
Mississippi Valley State has the next week off for a home doubleheader versus LeMoyne-Owen on Tuesday, March 15 at 12 and 3 p.m. in hopes of moving above .500.
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