The Bulldogs baseball team fell 7-0 and 12-2 to the Alabama State Hornets in the final two games of their three-game conference series. A&M will end the season 0-6 versus their in-state rivals.
In the first contest of Saturday's doubleheader the Maroon & White struggles at the plate continued connecting on five hits and leaving five runners on base. The Hornets however posted 11 hits and seven runs to win the middle contest.
ASU's starting pitcher, T. J. Renda, went all nine innings to complete his second shutout of his career. In nine innings of work Renda gave up only five hits while striking out six Bulldogs.
Allen Belue earned the loss in his fifth appearance of the year. The freshman went five innings giving up nine hits, five runs, and two walks while striking out two Hornets hitters.
Junior Norbert Riggins was the only Bulldog hitter with multiple hits going 2 for 4.
In the second game the Hornets started off hot adding eight runs to the scoreboard and 10 hits over the first three innings.
The Bulldogs responded with a run in the first after Brandyn Crtucher connected on his first triple of the year. Walton Ashwander then hit a double to right field to score Crutcher. Alabama A&M only other run came in the fifth inning when Ashwander scored after a sacrifice fly by Julio Nunez.
The Bulldogs pitching gave up 21 hits and 12 runs in the seven inning blowout. Starting pitcher Ryan Bowling gave up five hits and four earned runs in one inning on the mound to earn the loss.
The Bulldogs recorded seven hits and was led by Chris Thomas who finished 2 for 3 and Ashwander who went 2 for 4 with a run and a run batted in.
A trip to Cookeville, Tennessee awaits the Bulldogs on Wednesday, April 11th, for a 6 p.m. non-conference contest with Tennessee Tech University.