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Massive first inning decides Alabama A&M's fate in 14-3 loss at league leading Jackson State

A&M would scratch a run in the top of the 7th but, still trailing by more than eight runs, could not avoid an early end to their night as JSU claimed the 14-3 win.
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JACKSON, Miss — One inning would essentially decide things as Alabama A&M (1-8, 1-3 SWAC) dropped a 14-3 decision to league leading Jackson State (12-6, 7-1 SWAC) in an NCAA Division I baseball game on Friday, March 26.

That inning would happen to be the first inning and it would be one that saw all but three of the game's 17 runs. The Bulldogs would get on the board first as a walk, single and fielder's choice set them up with first and third with two outs. Senior shortstop Pierre Brewton (Madison, Ala.) then singled home sophomore second baseman Trevor Berkemeyer (North Las Vegas, Nev.) and freshman outfielder Malik Frails (Harlem, Ga.) came around to score on that same play.

After having gotten out of the inning with a strikeout, the Tigers showed why they are one of the best teams in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) as they pounded out 12 runs on six hits, two of them doubles, to go from down two to up 12-2 after one inning of play.

Over the next four innings the teams would combine for four hits to keep the score right there but that would change in the bottom of the fifth as a leadoff walk and a double by Chevy Dorris put runners on second and third. A passed ball then brought home the 13th run and was followed by an RBI single by Jatavious Melton to extend to a 14-2 lead.

A&M would scratch a run in the top of the seventh but, still trailing by more than eight runs, could not avoid an early end to their night as JSU claimed the 14-3 win in seven innings.

Brewton led the Bulldogs with a 2-for-3 night that included a pair of RBIs and freshman outfielder Janmikell Bastardo (Fort Myers, Fla.) went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Frails finished at 1-for-2 with a double, run and pair of walks to round out the top offensive performers. Junior pitcher Jose Figueroa (Toa Alta, Puerto Rico) lasted just a third of an inning and surrendered eight runs and four walks to suffer the loss and fall to 1-2 on the year.

Chenar Brown led the Tigers with three RBIs and a pair of runs while Melton, Ty Hill and Jefrey Rodriguez each had two RBIs. Equon Smith went 3-of-4 with an RBI, two runs and a walk and Chandler Dillard and Devontae Rhodes notched solo RBIs. Anthony Becerra nearly went the distance, throwing 6.2 innings and allowing only two earned runs while striking out nine. He improves to 3-1 on the season.

Alabama A&M and JSU meet again tomorrow, Saturday, March 27 in the middle game of the series. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Braddy Field.