The Jaguars welcomed the neighboring LSU Tigers to Lee Hines Field on Tuesday evening as Southern looked to avenge a loss from their matchup earlier this season.
“Go out, earn respect, and have fun” said Coach Jackson on his message to the team before the game started.
The game started with Southern taking an early four run advantage in the first inning of play, followed up by a single from junior outfielder Hampton Hudson making the score 5-0.
From this point on, Southern maintained control of the game behind an efficient pitching night from Eli Finney, who finished the game with seven strikeouts.
LSU finished only with two hits as this pitcher threw lights out only allowing one hit and one run.
“Tonight, I think that the biggest thing for him was he wasn’t focused on trying to beat people with stuff.” said Jackson on what he believes was the biggest factor in Finney’s big pitching night.
LSU scored their only hit of the game at the top of the seventh inning on a Cade Beleso run to bring the Tigers within 4 runs.
Southern responded with two more runs of their own to close out the seventh inning as the Jags took a 7-1 advantage going into the ninth.
LSU would score another late run at the top of the ninth to bring the final score of Tuesday’s match to 7-2 as the Jags knock off the ninth-ranked LSU Tigers to improve to 18-16 (9-2 in SWAC) on the year.
“I told our guys [that we need to] put ourselves in a position where these are games that we feel like we’re supposed to win” said Head Coach Kerrick Jackson on his team’s mentality going into the game.
The Jags maintain the first place lead in the SWAC with a 10-2 record in conference nearing the end of the season.
\ Southern looks to use this upset win as fuel to push forward with success this sea