Page’s perfecto starts Grambling’s dominance; LSU, Centenary, LSUS sweep

PERFECTION:  Shemar Page recorded the 34th perfect game in NCAA Division I history Friday night, launching Grambling’s massacre of Alcorn State in a three-game SWAC series.


GRAMBLING – Shemar Page’s perfect game was the perfect start to a series sweep as Grambling torched visiting Alcorn State in three Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball wins this weekend.

Page needed just 84 pitches to collect a season-high 13 strikeouts and retire all 21 batters in the seven-inning run-rule 16-0 win Friday.

“I was aware going into the seventh of having a no-hitter, but wasn’t aware of a perfect game,” Page said. “I did a pretty good job of getting ahead all night and that was my focus going into the seventh.”

Page (5-4) has 98 strikeouts this season, ranking among NCAA Division I leaders, and five double-digit strikeout games. He’s fanned 25 in his two starts against Alcorn State. 

Grambling (18-21, 13-5 SWAC) finished the series with wins of 25-3 and 26-3 to beat down the Braves by a combined 67-6. 

On Sunday, Julian Murphy finished a single shy of the cycle as he doubled, tripled and homered en route to a 3-5 day with six RBIs and four runs scored.  Saturday, eight of GSU’s 20 hits went for extra bases in the 25-3 win. Murphy added a 4-4 outing with four runs scored and two RBIs. 

LSU: The Tigers overcame an early two-run deficit Saturday to complete the home sweep of Missouri in an 8-6 win. 

The Tigers won the three games by a combined five runs, including a 4-3 extra-inning affair on Friday on an RBI single by Cade Doughty in the 10th inning.  LSU (27-12, 10-8 SEC) started the sweep Thursday as Ma’Khail Hilliard allowed two runs in seven innings in a 5-3 win. 

NORTHWESTERN STATE: The Demons couldn’t complete the sweep of visiting Houston Baptist on Sunday as the Huskies scored eight runs in the final two innings in a 10-1 win. 

The Demons (19-20, 8-7 Southland) walked off HBU on Friday with a Gray Rowlett RBI to beat the Huskies 4-3 to start the series.  A two-run complete game effort from pitcher Johnathan Harmon handed the series win to NSU in a 4-2 victory. 

LOUISIANA TECH: The Bulldogs surrendered three 12th-inning runs Sunday and dropped the home Conference USA series to Middle Tennessee with a 6-3 loss. 

Tech (28-13, 12-6 CUSA) took the middle game Saturday with eight innings and two runs from pitcher Ryan Jennings in a 4-2 win.  The Raiders tallied 12 hits Friday en route to a 6-3 MTSU win. 

LSUS: The Pilots hammered Hutson-Tillotson in a road series, 17-5, 23-5 and 31-7, posting a new high water mark for runs scored in Saturday’s finale. LSUS (44-3, 28-2 in the Red River Athletic Conference) trailed their hosts 2-1 after two innings in the opener,  but scored 10 in the next two innings to begin the dominating performance by the No. 3-ranked visitors.

CENTENARY: The Gents extended their season-high winning streak to nine with a dominating doubleheader sweep over the Southwestern Pirates in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference action Saturday, 11-0 and 18-4 on Senior Day at Shehee Stadium.

The Gents (23-13, 13-5 SCAC) put away the Pirates (16-18, 7-11), starting with a 3-2 walk-off victory Friday. Centenary clinched a berth in the 2022 SCAC Championship May 6-8.

Seniors Preston Ludwick and Brady Robinson reached milestones Saturday as Ludwick recorded his 150th career RBI, preceded by Robinson’s 100th-career hit. Centenary, one of the top offensive clubs in the conference and all of division III, has now scored 10 or more runs in a game 15 times this season.

ULM: The Warhawks pulled out the series finale Sunday to avoid a home sweep to Appalachian State with an 8-5 win. 

A five-run second inning plus 14 stranded Mountaineer base runners propelled ULM (14-23-1, 6-11-1 Sun Belt) to the win.  ULM lost the first two games by a combined score of 15-1. 

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