The Grambling State baseball team overcame adversity in their first fall scrimmage against another school.
The Tigers got the chance to face an opponent in a different color uniform for the first time this fall when they hosted LSU-Alexandria in a homestand for 14 innings.
The Tigers were expected to cruise through the LSUA Generals since they are an NAIA school and the Tigers are Division I.
However, the Tigers were quickly humbled when the scrimmage opened up in the top of the first inning with the Generals posting a whopping five runs on the Tigers.
The Tigers were able to chip away throughout the innings to eventually come back and avoid a 14-inning loss to the Generals.
The scrimmage was played in two sets. The Generals took the first seven innings with a 7-4 win.
The Tigers came out hot in the next seven innings with the game finishing 8-2 in favor of the Tigers.
Returning shortstop Cameron Bufford said it's going to take some time for the Tigers to get used to each other on the field so they can dominate this Spring.
“We looked like the new team we are since we only have about nine true returning players. It’s going to take us some time to start cliquing with one another on the field,” Bufford said.
Bufford was the Tigers' leading hitter last season in many categories. He was also named all SWAC.
With the return of Bufford and the addition of all the new transfer players and freshmen. The Tigers are going to be one team to watch out for in the SWAC.
“The practices are going well, everyone seems to be getting along with one another. I'm really excited to see what this team has in store for the Spring,” Bufford said.
The Tigers finished their season last year 17-27.
Finishing with a losing record, they are hoping to bounce back in every way possible.
The hopes and standards are set very high for this team with the aim being a SWAC tournament championship.