Prairie View captures SWAC title
Panthers win third conference title, first since 2007
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Prairie View A&M captured its third SWAC title on Sunday with a 7-4 victory against Mississippi Valley State. The title is the first since back-to-back championships in 2006 and 2007.
PV broke open a scoreless game in the top of the third taking advantage of two walks to lead off the inning. Brett Valley's two-run single gave the Panthers a lead they would never relinquish. Dominiq Harris doubled home Valley to cap the three-run rally.
Meanwhile, PV starter Derrick Mitchell was keeping the Delta Devils from breaking through with chances to score. MVSU stranded seven runners in the first five innings before breaking through with a run in the sixth.
Just before Mitchell was lifted in the inning for reliever Daniel Castillo, Edmund Cheatham walked in the tally with the bases loaded for MVSU. Castillo came on to get Luke Brumfield to ground into a rally-killing double play.
The Panthers got the run back immediately in the seventh when Brad Benes walked with the bases loaded. Cody Parker relieved MVSU starter Kameron Stady and limited the damage to a single run in the inning.
Both teams traded three-run rallies in the eighth inning.
PV's big blow came on a two-run error by Valley third baseman, Seth Milliorn. With the infield drawn and runners on second and third, James Fontenot's ground ball got away from the Delta Devil defense and allowed the first two of three runs in the inning to plate.
Trailing 7-1 heading into their half of the 8th, the Delta Devils showed the heart they had showed all tournament long and got right back in the game.
Milliorn, Michael Lowe, and Joseph Germaine all had RBI hits in the inning with Milliorn's being a double. The rally, however, came up short. Allen Cheek's liner to left field was caught to end the eighth, and Castillo worked a quiet ninth to earn the save in 3.2 innings of work.