EDINBURG, Texas – Ethan Bright and Jose Cruz each recorded timely hits in leading the Jackson State baseball team to a split with the University of Texas Pan American Broncos Saturday evening. The Tigers lost the first game of the double header. In the second game the Tigers bats came alive en route to the nightcap victory.
In the opening game, JSU fell 8-3 to the UTPA Broncos. JSU scored its three runs on nine hits. Bright and Curtis Stephens each had two hits for the Tigers. Bright had two runs and a RBI. The Tigers scored their first two runs in the first inning and the third in the sixth inning.
Brandon Gregory (4-3) suffered the loss. He pitched 1.1 innings and gave up seven runs on five hits.
The Tigers bounced back to take the night cap, beating UTPA 4-2. In the second game JSU scored its four runs on 12 hits and committed no errors. UTPA scored its two runs on six hits and had two errors.
Cruz led the Tigers offense going 4-4 at the plate with a run and a RBI. Aneko Knowles and Bright each finished with two hits.
After trailing 1-0, the Tigers tied the game in the fourth inning. Bright doubled to get on base and scored on a Fred Hampton double. JSU took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Knowles scored on a Bryce Taylor single. JSU increased its lead to 4-1 at the top of the eighth. Bright doubled to get on base. He advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a Cruz single. Cruz scored on a Knowles single.
UTPA added a run at the bottom of the eighth to make the final score 4-2.
Vincent Anthonia (4-2) pitched 7.1 innings for the win. He allowed two runs on five hits while striking out four batters. Bright pitched 1.2 innings, striking out three batters, for the save.
Jackson State (15-13) and UTPA (8-12) return to action Sunday for the final game of the series. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.