Tigers Complete A Perfect Title Run

By SWAC Media Relations
Updated: May 20, 2008

SWAC Baseball Tournament

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Tigers of Texas Southern defeated Prairie View A&M 12-11 in the 2008 Southwestern Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament championship game in Lee-Hines Stadium on the campus of Southern University.

The Tigers (16-32) cruised through the tournament in the winner’s bracket with a 4-0 tournament record. This is Texas Southern’s second title since 2004 when they beat Mississippi Valley State for the championship.

The Panthers (25-26) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, when TSU answered back with two runs on a Prairie View error. Texas Southern led 5-2 when the Panthers scored on a sac fly by shortstop John Villapando sent Greg Fort in for a run and a RBI single by first baseman Michael Richard sent Odie Davis to the home plate.

Prairie View led 11-7 in the bottom of the eighth inning when TSU’s Jordan Bush hit a double to bring in Justin Holloway for the win.

Designated hitter Adam Sellers, who would be named the tournament’s MVP, hit a single to send two Tigers in to take a 12-11 lead. David Arredondo held strong on the mound to preserve the victory.

TSU’s Earnest Rhone went 2-for-4 with one RBI. Sellers was 1-for-4, but knocked in 4 crucial RBIs for the Tigers.

Wilford White was 3-for-5 with one triple and one RBI for the Panthers.