TOUGALOO, Miss. – The University of Pikeville baseball team dominated its weekend road trip to Tougaloo (Miss.) College, topping the Bulldogs 9-1 and 5-4 on Sunday to finish off a four-game sweep at the Coleman Athletic Complex.
The Bears improved to 5-2 overall, while Tougaloo is still looking for its first win after dropping to 0-5.
Pikeville jumped on top of the Bulldogs in the opener, scoring a run in the second inning, four in the third and two more in the fourth to lead 7-0. Pinch hitter Jasper James walked and eventually came around to score Tougaloo’s only run in the bottom of the sixth.
Before the final out was recorded, the Bears scored two more runs in the seventh to complete the 9-1 win. Joe Valentino picked up his first win of the season on the mound, allowing a run on four hits with two strikeouts in five innings of work.
Designated hitter Cody Chagnon roped the Bears’ first home run of the season on his only hit and both first baseman Nicolas Gonzales and shortstop Chaz Contreras went 2-for-3, while Contreras registered triples on both of his hits.
Tougaloo enjoyed a 2-0 lead heading into the fifth inning of game two before UPIKE tied it up with a pair of runs. The Bulldogs and Bears traded runs over the next two frames to enter the eighth inning tied 3-3.
Once again neither team could find separation as they each scored a run in the eighth, but UPIKE added another score in the top of the ninth and Logan Sales kept the Bulldog bats quiet to earn his first win of the year in the finale.
Sales pitched 1 and 2/3 innings, allowing just one hit and tallying a strikeout. Two Bears went deep in the extra-innings win as Chagnon added his second home run and third baseman Erik Manning hit one over as well while going 3-for-5 at the plate. Manning also stole a base and crossed home for two runs.