Texas Southern scored the game's first five runs and starting pitcher Darius McClelland threw seven strong innings in a 7-1 victory over Prairie View A&M at the Urban Invitational Tournament on Saturday. McClelland allowed six hits and gave up one run in the win, and shortstop Ray Hernandez helped support him with three RBIs.
Hernandez had two hits and was hit by a pitch twice, and he also scored one of Texas Southern's seven runs. Prairie View starter Derrick Mitchell worked six innings, allowing seven hits and four earned runs in the loss. Texas Southern infielder Jag Gordaya drove in two runs.
Two Prairie View players -- Darryl Johnson and Sterling Smith -- tripled in the loss. Johnson tried to stretch his triple into an inside-the-park home run in the fifth inning and was thrown out. Prairie View trailed by three runs at that point and didn't get on the board until the seventh inning.