ITTA BENA, Miss. – The Mississippi Valley State University baseball program almost broke the Magnolia Field scoreboard by posting 36 runs, 32 hits, seven stolen bases, and six home runs in a pair of lopsided wins over Tougaloo College, 20-6 and 16-1.
The 20-run outburst in game one of the doubleheader was the most runs scored by the Devils since a 22-4 victory over Alabama State on March 2, 2008, 18 seasons ago.
- Final Score (Game 1): Mississippi Valley State 20 | Tougaloo 6 (Five Innings)
- Final Score (Game 2): Mississippi Valley State 16 | Tougaloo 1 (Five Innings)
- Records: Mississippi Valley State (8-9-1, 2-4 SWAC) | Tougaloo (7-26, 0-5 Continental)
- Location: Itta Bena, Mississippi – Magnolia Field
- Series History: N/A
- Winning Streak: N/A
Mississippi Valley State Top Performers
- 13 different student-athletes logged at least one hit on the day while all 14 players that registered plate appearances reached base safely.
- Four Delta Devils cranked out home runs with a pair going yard twice. Jan Tolentino and Eric Johnson II got their first long balls at MVSU during game one while two of Stubbs’ Rust transfers sent two dingers into the parking lot apiece in game two as Dreylin Holmes extended his team lead to four round-trippers and Darrien Chapman connected on his first two bombs at the NCAA level.
- Chapman and Holmes also co-led the run production party as they both drove home five runs each over nine hits with the duo grabbing doubles as well.
- Willie Johnson was a base stealing menace as the Bulldogs could not keep up with the Flash’s stunt double as he snagged five bags.
- Maury Weaver, Jose Salazar-Ortega, Davon Mims, and Tolentino all clubbed extra-base hits as they were all on the delivering end of hard-hit doubles.
- Calvin McClendon was the only Valley pitcher to go more than two innings since both games lasted just five frames, going three innings to kickoff game one while striking out a season-best five batters and allowing two runs plus two hits to pick up the win,
- Isaiah Valenzuela showcased his filthy repertoire of pitches in his arsenal while baffling Tougaloo hitters, getting the win in game two by going two innings and recording all six of his out via whiff, a season-high and one-off his career benchmark.
- Ethan Charles and Antonio Walker finished off the rout as they combined to surrender just one hit and one rout with a strikeout each to close out the last three innings.
- If we were to mention every Diamond Devil to make a significant contribution to the victory, this article might possibly never end. So below is the list of players that were not mentioned above that participated in the contest:
- Angel Maldonado, Kameron Spencer, Ty Washington, Treadwell Kennedy, Juan Reyes, Cedric Holt, and Chris Soeder.
It’s back to SWACtion for the Diamond Devils as it welcomes the SWAC East leaders, the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, for a three-game set at Magnolia Field from Friday to Sunday.
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