On Saturday, the GSU baseball team jumped on Texas Southern early and never looked back, as the Tigers won easily 15-7. Saturday’s victory marks the Tigers first series sweep of the opponent this season. The score was tied 1-1 after the first inning, then the Tigers used the seventh inning to springboard their way to victory. In that inning the Tigers offense ignited as they outscored TSU 7-0.
The GSU pitching staff also locked down, striking out Kyle Smith, Adam Sellers and Earnest Rhome.
GSU was able to win easily, despite the pitching staff pitching a combined eight and one-third innings and giving up 13 hits and six earned runs. Offensively, outfielder Brent Smith and infielder Brandon Williams tallied four hits apiece to lead the team.
Texas Southern (8-20) was unable to match the intensity of Grambling. The pitching staff pitched more than six and a half innings and gave up 13 hits and 14 earned runs.
Offensively, TSU had 13 hits but managed only seven runs. Several times during the game, they left players stranded on base.
This season, as of Tuesday, GSU has a record of 14-15. The Barret Rey-coached Tigers have been an impressive 11-4 in conference play. Leading the way for the Tigers is are outfielders Mycal Roby (25 runs batted in and 18 hits) and (Brent Smith 18 RBIs and 25 hits).
On the pitching staff, Jamal Breaux leads the team in ERA (Earned Run Average) with 1.59, and Ron Marshall leads the team with four wins.
The Tigers have 18 games left this season, 10 of them at home. The friendly confines of Tiger Field have been good for GSU. They are 8-3 at home but a less-than-stellar 6-11 on the road. In those last 18 games, the Tigers will have six games against nonconference opponents. GSU has not fared well against nonconference opponents this season, going a miserable 3-11.
The GSU baseball team will return to action on Friday, starting a three-game series with the Prairie View Panthers. Tip-off time is set for 1 pm. at Tiger Field