The Southern University baseball team took on their arch rival Grambling State this weekend at R.W.E. Jones Park in Grambling in a 3-game series with the chance to lock up a SWAC Western Conference Division title. The Jaguars came into game one on Friday with a record of 24-17 on the season.
Grambling got started in the first inning with a Drexler Macaay homerun that put them up by 2 runs early. Later in the first, Garrett Smith would hit a homer for Grambling, which would put the Tigers up 5-0. It would be a tough day for the Jaguars at the plate as they would register only 3 hits and would score no runs on the evening.
Southern would lose game one of the series 12-0. Bryan Delgado would be awarded the win in 7 innings pitched, giving him his 6th win of the year. Southern’s Jerome Bohannon would receive the loss and move his personal record to 3-4 on the season.
In game two of the series on Saturday, the Jaguars looked to bounce back after a blowout loss on the road. Grambling would strike first in the first inning as Kevin Whitaker Jr would hit a two RBI double to left center, giving the Tigers a 2-0 lead early.
Later in the inning, the Tigers would add to their lead with a Jahmoi Percival single giving the Tigers a 3-0 lead to close out the first
Southern would get their offensive attack going in the second inning, scoring 3 runs to put them within one of Grambling at a score of 4-3.
In the fifth inning, Grambling’s offense broke out, bringing in 7 runs off of 5 hits and broke out to a 16-5 lead.
Southern’s head baseball coach Kerrick Jackson was ejected in the 8th for arguing with the empire. The Jags allowed 19 hits and lose the game 21-16 in a high scoring game on the road.
Grambling improves to 23-19 on the season while Southern drops to 24-19 on the season. Justin Freeman is given the loss for the Jags and it moves his record to 2-2 on the season. Ryan Evans records the save, which is his 6th of the season.
Southern and Grambling would meet in the 3rd game of the weekend series with Southern looking to stop a 3 game losing streak.
The Jags took an early lead in the first inning with a Tyler LaPorte leadoff home run that would get the day started 1-0. The Jaguars would increase their lead in 2nd with a big 8 run inning that included an Ashanti Wheatley homerun that would a 9-1 lead in the second.
The Jags would increase their lead in the 6th as Willie Ward would homer to left field giving Southern a 13-1 lead. Southern would hold on to win the game 15-3 in seven innings to improve the Jaguars record to 25-19 on the season. Grambling’s record drops to 23-20 on the season.
John Guienze Jr recorded his second win of the season moving his record to 2-1 overall. Ryan Huntington receives the loss for Grambling moving his record to 5-2 on the season. The Jaguars will take on Nicholls at Lee Hines Field at 6pm on Wednesday May 1.