Tigers Keep Tournament Hopes Alive
The Savannah State baseball team kept their hopes of making the MEAC tournament alive by winning two of three games against Bethune-Cookman over the weekend of May 2-3. The teams split a doubleheader on May 2 with the Wildcats winning the opener 10-0 but SSU bounce back to salvage a split in the second game as Charles Sikes hit a two-run home run to help SSU to a 2-1 victory. On May 3, Zach McCormack struck out five batters as he pitched a complete game to help the Tigers to a 6-5 win. In order for SSU to qualify for the tournament, North Carolina A&T must defeat North Carolina Central on May 9. On April 28, the Tigers traveled to Kennesaw State where they suffered a 5-2 setback. SSU’s runs came in the sixth inning when Sikes hit a tworun single. At press-time, Savannah State has a 16-30 overall record and a 12-12 record in the MEAC.
SSU Softball Streaking At 13 Wins
On May 3, the Savannah State softball team ended their regular season with a 5-4 win over South Carolina State that extended their winning streak to 13 straight games. SSU led 4-0 before the Bulldogs rallied to tie the game in the seventh inning. In the bottom of the inning, SSU’s Brianna Harris’ RBI double proved to be the game-winner. Harris hit a inside the park home run in the first inning. On May 2, SSU swept a doubleheader from the Bulldogs by scores of 4-0 and 10-1. In the first game, Torrian Wright and Tia Bolden both had two hits for SSU while in the second game, Wright had two hits, scored three times and drove in two runs while Alexis Singleton had two hits and drove in three runs. Freshman pitcher Ashley Eichenlaub, a Savannah native, pitched all three games over the weekend and earned all three victories as SSU improved to 20-15 overall and 13-1 in the MEAC. Savannah State, who hasn’t lost since March 28, won the regular season title in the south division of the MEAC.
Albany State Wins SIAC Baseball Title
Albany State won the 2015 SIAC Baseball Tournament with a 9-5 win over
Stillman on April 28. Daniel Stockdale, the Rams interim coach was named the tournament’s Outstanding Coach Award. Stockdale, a former assistant coach at Savannah State, is in his first year with the Rams program. ASU defeated Miles 3-2 on April 23 and topped Benedict 9-5 on April 24. ASU downed Still 5-2 on April 26 but suffered their only setback of the tournament on April 27 with a 6-3 loss to Stillman.
CSU Athletes Help Clean Up Baltimore
After last week’s riots in Baltimore, Coppin State student-athletes took to the streets to help get the city back in order by cleaning up. The unfortunate situations that occurred earlier this week in the city hit close to home to every Coppin State student-athlete regardless of where they were from. Many Coppin State student-athletes went down to Pennsylvania and North Avenue to assist with cleanup efforts. It was a gesture that made national headlines as the NCAA tweeted out photos and a story to its 1.5 million followers. A large group of students from Coppin State assisted with clean-up efforts by picking up trash, sweeping debris off of the sidewalks and uniting with one another with the same goal of showcasing the positives that the city has to offer. Coppin State students were joined in a prayer circle by University president Dr. Mortimer Neufville on April 28.