Grambling State vaulted out to an early lead and weathered a comeback by Prairie View A&M to take a 5-3 victory in the final game of the Urban Invitational. Prairie View tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, but Grambling scored three straight runs and Derrick Murray got the save.
O.J. Simmons III had a four-hit game and drove in two runs for Grambling, and leadoff man Chris Wolfe came around to score twice for the road team. Pervis Mann worked into the fifth inning and walked six batters, but reliever Wilfredo Pallares got eight outs to take the victory.
Leadoff man Brandon Brooks had three of Prairie View's six hits, and he also accounted for two walks and two RBIs. Prairie View made three errors in the loss, and two of Grambling's runs were unearned. Starter Shaun Hollis was charged with three runs -- two earned -- in the loss.