Golden Tigers finish fourth in tournament, Kirby named Coach of the Year
ALBANY, Ga. – The Tuskegee Golden Tigers (18-17) did not win the 2011 SIAC Baseball Tournament, but they did send a message to the league that they wanted to be a key player in 2011 and future years. The Golden Tigers went 2-2 in the tournament, finishing fourth in the 8-team double elimination tournament format.
In the opening game, the young Golden Tigers (14 freshmen, 2 sophomores, 2 juniors and 2 seniors) were shutout 8-0 by the #6 seed Golden Rams of Albany State, defending SIAC champions. But the next day, the #3 seeded Golden Tigers posted wins over #7 seed Paine College (17-15) and #1 seed Benedict College (12-8), thus giving them another shot at the Golden Rams in the losers' bracket. The Tigers of Stillman College sent the Golden Rams to the losers’ bracket.
In the win over Paine, the Golden Tigers scored 17 runs and pounded out 18 hits, including a grand slam homerun by Jeremy Williams in the ninth inning. Gene Moody had two of the team’s three triples. Bryant Chambliss and William McCrary each had a double.
The Golden Tigers followed up the win over Paine with a 12-8 win over #1 seed Benedict, Jonathan Allen (3), Cameron Duncan (2) and Moody (2) lead the Golden Tigers’ hitting attack. Bryant Chambliss had four RBI’s and Moody had three. William Buford hit a solo homer in the eighth inning.
In the rematch with Albany State, sophomore pitcher Darrion Stubbs held the Golden Rams hitless until the fifth inning. The Golden Tigers scored one run in the fourth inning and the Golden Rams exploded for six runs in the fifth inning to take a 6-1 lead. The Rams added two more runs in the sixth and three in the seventh, defeating the Golden Tigers 11-1.
With the loss on Saturday morning, the Golden Tigers were eliminated from the tournament, but they advanced to their highest tournament finish since 1997.
The Stillman College Tigers, seeded #2, defeated Albany State 3-2 in the championship game, walking away with their fourth title in the last five years.
Claflin University finished third and the Golden Tigers claimed fourth place.
Notes: Head Coach Montressa Kirby was named 2011 SIAC Coach of the Year. Infielder/pitcher Jeremy Williams earned second team all-SIAC and Gene Stewart Moody (infielder/outfielder) was named to the 2011 all-tournament team