Braves resume conference play at MVSU

April 13, 2017 in Sports

Alcorn Game Notes | Live Radio

16-SPORTS-Alcorn-picITTA BENA, Miss. – Playing its first game in eight days, the Alcorn State University baseball program will travel to Mississippi Valley State for a three-game series at Magnolia Field beginning Thursday at 3 p.m. Game two is scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, and the series finale is slated for 1 p.m. Saturday.

It’s the second time the Braves and the Delta Devils (4-22, 3-12 SWAC) will square off this season. In the first series, Alcorn took two out of three March 10-12 at home. The Braves dropped the opener 5-1 before coming back to win consecutive games 3-2 and 4-3.

Junior second baseman Wallace Rios Jimenez is on a league-leading 25 game on-base streak. He ranks second in the SWAC in on-base percentage with a .513 mark, and fourth in the conference with a .375 batting average. Rios leads the team with 11 multi-hit games on the year including a four-hit outing at Nicholls State on March 29.

Also hitting above .300 for the Braves (7-21, 3-9 SWAC), sophomore Brandon Barna carries a .313 average into Tuesday, while senior Kirt Cormier is at .302. Cormier is on a 16-game on-base streak. He was named SWAC Hitter of the Week on Feb. 21 after batting for a .571 average, .625 on-base percentage and .857 slugging to begin the season.

Junior Der’Vincent Hamilton has been hot as of late and is on a 10-game hitting streak. Sophomore Conrado Skepple leads the SWAC with four saves on the season. He hoists a 2.45 ERA in 14 appearances.

MVSU is looking to snap a 10-game skid. Arrington Smith leads the team at the plate with a .340 average and five homers. He’s started in all 26 games, mainly at first base.

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