Wednesday night saw the first game of the 2021 season at the “Carnegie Hall of College Baseball” as the Diamond Dawgs handled the Jackson State Tigers by a score of 7-3. In a night that would see a plethora of arms get work, the Dawgs used a 4-hit night from sophomore shortstop Kamren James and 2 hit nights from senior right-fielder Tanner Allen and sophomore third baseman Landon Jordan to win their home opener.
The scoring started early, as the Bulldogs plated 2 runs in the first inning when Tanner Allen doubled, and Kamren James then deposited a pitch into the Left Field Lounge to give the home team a 2-0 lead. The scoring continued in the 2nd as third baseman Landon Jordan laced a ball down the left field line that bounced into the bullpen for a ground rule double. He was then plated by left-fielder Drew McGowan on a single that was misplayed by the Jackson State centerfielder, allowing McGowan to take second and giving the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead. The good guys tacked on 2 more in the 5th and 2 more in the 8th to seal the 7-3 victory.
Kamren James’s homerun was the first of his season after having a rough swing in Texas. The sophomore went 4-5 and also added a steal of home to his night.
The Diamond Dawgs pitched 7 different arms in the contest. Sophomore Brandon Smith (1-0) started the ballgame, going 2 innings with 0 hits, 0 runs, and 2 K’s. Freshman Davis Rokose followed Smith and had a very effective outing, going 2 innings, giving up 0 runs on 0 hits and striking out 4. Mikey Tepper, Chase Patrick, KC Hunt, Xavier Lovett, and Jaxon Forrester all saw action on the mound for the Bulldogs. Lovett showed great athleticism, fielding his position twice in the 3 batters he faced.
The Bulldogs (3-1) remain at “The Dude” for a 3-game series against the Green Wave of Tulane this weekend. First pitch is set for 4pm CT on Friday, with the series continuing at 2pm Saturday, and 1pm Sunday.