TSUSports.com: Tigers rally to defeat Pine Bluff 9-5

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    HOUSTON – Texas Southern University's baseball team won its third consecutive conference game Saturday as the Tigers turned away Arkansas–Pine Bluff by a score of 9-5.

    First baseman Jose Camacho went 4-for-4 with a game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to spark TSU's late-inning comeback. The Tigers tied the game at 5-5 with Camacho's home run, the first of five unanswered runs TSU would score.

    The Tigers (6-12) remained in first place in the Southwestern Athletic Conference's West Division standings with a 6-1 league record. TSU is 4-0 at home this season. The Golden Lions (3-14) fell to 2-3 in SWAC play.

    While the TSU bats were vanquishing the Golden Lions' lead, pitcher Michael Villanueva shut down the Pine Bluff bats, yielding just one walk and one hit while striking out six in four and two-thirds innings of relief. Villanueva improved to 2-1 on the season.

    The Tigers took an early 4-1 lead when Richard Alamo and Kamren Dukes had back-to-back 2-RBI singles in the bottom of the second inning. UAPB tied the game in the fourth when Dontrell Brown hit a three-run home run, his second round-tripper of the game.

    With the score tied at five in the bottom of the seventh, the Tigers opened the inning with Blake Hicks reaching first base on an error. Pinch hitter Ricky Urbano then sacrificed pinch runner Jose Cabreja to second base. Cabreja then scored on Christian Sanchez' RBI single.

    TSU loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, and then added a run when Dukes stole home as part of a successful triple-steal play by the Tigers. Urbano added a pair of runs with a 2-RBI single that scored Olajide Oloruntimilehin and Camacho.

    The Tigers and Golden Lions conclude their series Sunday at MacGregor Park. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.

    Courtesy: TSU Athletics
     

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