Albany State baseball wasn TMt the favorite entering this week TMs SIAC Tournament, but they TMre certainly making teams pay attention now.
After a 10-inning thriller over Miles College in day one, the Golden Rams decisively defeated Claflin University 9-2 on Friday. Albany State moves to within one victory of the championship game. ASU faces Stillman College at 3 PM on Saturday for the title game berth.
Pitcher Demonzio Stubbs led the way for the Golden Rams third victory over Claflin this season. Stubbs pitched a complete game giving up two runs on six hits.
ASU jumped out to a 6-1 lead over Claflin after two innings. Stephen Lightfoot doubled in the first to cap off the first three-run inning. In the second, the Rams scored on a passed ball, an Allen Hardy double and an Eddie Mathis single. Hardy finished 2-3 with three RBI TMs and two runs scored.
Stillman defeated Albany State for the SIAC Baseball Championship in 2011. The Golden Rams were swept by Stillman in Ozark earlier this season.