The Southern University baseball team took on the Grambling State Tigers during a three game homestand on Alumni Weekend at Lee Hines Field. After suffering a 6-5 loss to Lamar last Tuesday, Southern looked to come away with a win heading into this weekend’s series.
Grambling struck first in the 2nd inning of game one with a double and two walks, leading to their first score of the game. A two-run RBI single from Rafael Ramirez III gave Grambling a 4-0 lead at the bottom of the inning.
The Jaguars broke the game open in the 4th inning, tallying seven runs, including a pair of two run RBI singles from Willie Ward and Hunter Davis that gave Southern a 8-5 lead after four innings.
“Once we finally got some pitchers in there that were throwing strikes, we put ourselves in a good situation,” Head Coach Kerrick Johnson said after the victory. The Jaguars would score three runs in the 7th inning and six runs in the 8th inning to seal an impressive 18-8 win.
“I think early we struggled a little bit with are pitching and then once we got things going we started to slow things down and know what the pitchers were doing and attacking it,” Coach Johnson said about the 21 hit performance.
Game 2 of the series saw an up and down pitching night for the Jaguars as they gave up 13 hits of the night to Grambling. Although momentum swung back and forth throughout the contest, the Jags continued to be able to create runs.
Although pitching for the Jags wasn’t as efficient as it had been for the previous game, Grambling’s proved to be even less solid as they gave up a whopping 15 runs on the night.
Southern closed out the 2nd game of the weekend series with a win vs Grambling 15-13. Tallying 14 hits and 15 runs on the game, the Jags took a 2-0 lead going into the final game of the series.
Game 3 of the 3-game series vs Grambling saw Hunter David, Hampton Hudson, and William Nelson all record three RBIs on the afternoon. After a flurry of runs by the Jags in the 4th and 5th innings, Southern took a lead that they never relinquished for the rest of the contest.
Jacob Snyder led a good pitching day for Southern’s pitchers, allowing only three runs on three hits after pitching 67 times on the afternoon.
Southern defeated Grambling 3-0 in a clean sweep during their weekend series as they look to continue their latest hot streak as they take on Northwestern State at home on March 27.