Southern drops 2 of 3 in weekend series vs GSU

Sophomore Infielder O'Neill Burgos at bat during Saturday's SWAC matchup against Grambling.

Southern walked into this series against arch rival Grambling State with a chance to have a good position in the SWAC West standings, as they came into the series with an 8-4 record in the SWAC so far this year.

Saturday was a double header between the Jaguars and Tigers. In game one, Wilhelm Allen started and would have a rough day through 6 innings, giving up nine hits and seven runs for the Jags. However, Southern’s bats would have a great game. Catcher Taj Porter would go 4-5 including a home run in the fifth inning. However the Jags would falter in the seventh as Grambling would put up five runs to win 12-9.

In game two of the double header the pitching struggles continued. Jerome Bohannon II started the game and pitched four innings and gave up ten hits and eight runs. Southern registered five hits on six runs vs the Tigers in game two. However Grambling totaled 19 hits putting up fourteen runs in the process. They would get home runs from Cameron Phelts and Keylon Mack in a 14-6 win to clinch the series win.

The Jags would rebound on Sunday after a disappointing double header the day before. On the mound was Joseph Battaglia III. He had a stellar performance on the mound as he only allowed five hits and two runs in the afternoon. The Jaguars were able to hit off Grambling State pitcher Marc Luna, getting eight hits off him on the day. In total the Jaguars registered twelve hits. Tremaine Spears and O’neill Burgos homered for the Jags with Burgos homering twice. Jags avoid getting swept 10-3. The Jags moved to 11-17 on the season and will face Prairie View A&M at home next weekend.

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