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Southern baseball team sweeps Arkansas-Pine Bluff in Sunday doubleheader

Advocate file photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Southern pitcher Santos Saldivar struck out a career-high 16 batters Sunday in the first game of a doubleheader sweep of Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Whether it was a career-best pitching performance or an offensive outburst, Southern pushed all the right buttons to pull off a doubleheader sweep against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday afternoon at Lee-Hines Field. In the first game, SU senior right-hander Santos Saldivar stole the show in a 4-3 win. In the second game, it was the Southern hitters’ turn.… Continue reading →

Southern baseball team finally returns to diamond with doubleheader vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Advocate file photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Tyler Kirksey makes contact during a game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff last season. The teams begin a doubleheader at noon Sunday.

The Southern baseball team has had an unusually long break from games and especially Southwestern Athletic Conference games. The Jaguars hope the departure of week-long rain enables them to return to Lee-Hines Field and play a conference doubleheader against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at noon Sunday. Southern (11-18, 8-6 SWAC) hasn’t played a game since splitting a nonconference doubleheader against… Continue reading →

Rain washes out Southern’s games against BRCC and UNO

The Southern baseball team was scheduled to host an exhibition game against Baton Rouge Community College on Tuesday to get in some extra work before the stretch run of the Southwestern Athletic Conference race. But rain forced the cancellation of not only that game but also a nonconference game against UNO that had been set for Wednesday… Continue reading →

Loyola, Southern rained out

Sunday’s series finale between Loyola and Southern was canceled because of rain. It will not be rescheduled. The Wolf Pack split a doubleheader with NCAA Division I Southern on Saturday, winning the first game 7-3 before dropping the second 7-2. Loyola has beaten two NCAA Division I opponents this season after taking down… Continue reading →

Southern gets split with Loyola

Southern rearranged its weekend pitching roles, and it helped the Jaguars salvage a doubleheader split against Loyola on Saturday afternoon at Lee-Hines Field. After the team’s losing streak reached three games with a 7-3 loss in the first game, Tyler Robinson, normally the Sunday starter, pitched seven strong innings, and No. 1 starter Santos Saldivar came out of… Continue reading →

Southern baseball tries to bounce back with nonconference series vs. Loyola

Advocate file photo by APRIL BUFFINGTON -- Southern right-hander James Fontenot is scheduled to start the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against Loyola.

Southern’s break from Southwestern Athletic Conference play this weekend appears to be coming at a good time. The Jaguars had a rough midweek, losing home games to Jackson State 12-9 on Tuesday and Louisiana-Lafayette 14-1 in a game shortened to eight innings by the mercy rule Wednesday. Southern plays a doubleheader against Loyola at noon Saturday, then visits… Continue reading →

SU seeks 6th straight tennis title

All of Southern’s teams have been under an NCAA postseason ban for more than a year, but none has felt its impact as much as the women’s tennis team. The Jaguars will go for their sixth consecutive Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament title this weekend in New Orleans, knowing that even if they win they will be unable… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns baseball team thumps Southern by mercy rule 14-1

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Sergio Torres runs down Louisiana-Lafayette's Jam Williams between second and first base on Wednesday night at Lee Hines Field. Williams made it safely back to first.

Southern’s dramatic turnaround, highlighted by a seven-game win streak, has been followed by an abrupt turn in the other direction. One night after the win streak ended with a home loss to Jackson State, the Jaguars were mercy-ruled by UL-Lafayette, losing 14-1 in eight innings Wednesday night at Lee-Hines Field. The Ragin’ Cajuns took the lead for good… Continue reading →

Jackson State ends Southern win streak, 12-9

Advocate file photo by John Oubre -- Southern pitcher Rafael Diaz

Southern’s seven-game win streak came to and end when some bad habits returned Tuesday night. The Jaguars had a series of missed scoring chances and fielding and base-running miscues that contributed to a 12-9 loss to Jackson State at Lee-Hines Field. Southern had largely purged the self-inflicted problems during the win streak, which began after an… Continue reading →

Red-hot Southern hosts Jackson State

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Theo Smith beats the attempted tag at third base by Grambling's Jaiden France on Sunday, March 29, 2015, at Lee-Hines Field.

The last time the Southern baseball team played Jackson State, it lost its fifth straight game. The Jaguars fell 11-5 on March 24 in Jackson, Mississippi, and there seemed to be little hope for a team that was routinely getting outplayed in every phase of the game. But just two weeks later, Southern has turned things… Continue reading →

Southern baseball team extends winning streak to six with doubleheader sweep of Prairie View

Advocate file photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's D.J. Wallace homered three times Friday as the Jaguars notched a doubleheader sweep at Prairie View.

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — It looks like Southern’s turnaround wasn’t a fluke. Facing a team that swept them last at home earlier this season, the Jaguars notched a doubleheader sweep of Prairie View on Friday afternoon, extending their winning streak to six games. Southern won the first game 8-3 behind a complete-game effort from Santos Saldivar… Continue reading →

Improving Southern visits McNeese

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Tyler Kirksey is congratulated by teammates after hitting a first-pitch homer during Sunday's 4-3 win over Grambling at Lee Hines field. Cador said that after the Jaguars hit two early home runs, 'We all wanted to hit home runs.' He hopes to get Southern to play more fundamental baseball against McNeese State on Tuesday night.

The Southern baseball team had its most successful weekend in two years when it swept three games from Grambling on Saturday and Sunday. Coach Roger Cador was cautious not to read too much into that performance because he saw the Jaguars “revert to some bad habits” in a 4-3 win Sunday. But perhaps it… Continue reading →

With 4-3 victory over Grambling, Southern completes first SWAC sweep since April 2013

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern catcher Jose DeLa Torre watches his hit for a homerun on Sunday.

The Southern baseball team entered its weekend series against Grambling having lost five consecutive games to drop to 3-15 overall and 2-6 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Three games and three victories later, the Jaguars’ season looks like it might be changing course. Coach Roger Cador cautioned afterward that he wants to see the improvement sustained for longer… Continue reading →

Southern baseball team sweeps pair from Grambling

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Southern's Stephen Wallace gets congratulated by his teammates for hitting a home run against Grambling at Lee-Hines Field on Saturday, March 28.

Southern right-hander Santos Saldivar said pitching coach Dan Canevari “lit a fire” under him before Saturday’s doubleheader against Grambling. “Coach Canevari told me in front of the whole team that I’m not as good as I think I am because I’m 0-5,” Saldivar said with a smile. “He was just trying to light a fire under my butt… Continue reading →

Southern and Grambling baseball teams look to pull out of their funk

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Southern catcher Jose DeLaTorre chases Grambling's Brandon Kiser back to third base, and throws him out, as he makes an attempt to steal home plate on Saturday at Lee Hines Field.

The baseball series between Southern and Grambling this weekend at Lee-Hines Field could go a long way in determining those teams’ fates for the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament. It begins with a doubleheader at noon Saturday. The Tigers (4-18) and the Jaguars (3-15) are tied for fourth in the Western Division with 2-6 league records. Grambling… Continue reading →

William Broussard on his new job at Southern: 'I’m not looking to jump ship next week'

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Southern University head men's basketball coach and now newly appointed SU Interim Athletics Director Roman Banks addresses media members during a press conference in the A.W. Mumford Fieldhouse Friday afternoon. Banks' appointment to the post of interim athletics director was approved earlier Friday during a Southern University System Board of Supervisors meeting, after it was announced Thursday afternoon that Athletic Director William Broussard will be temporarily reassigned to the Southern University System Office on April 1, and Banks will serve in a dual capacity starting at that time.

A temporary shakeup of the Southern athletic department became official Friday, though the cause of it remained unclear. The Southern Board of Supervisors approved the university’s plan to reassign Athletic Director William Broussard to the Southern System Presidents Office for four months beginning April 1. It also approved men’s basketball coach Roman Banks taking over Broussard’s duties… Continue reading →

Southern names basketball coach Roman Banks as interim athletic director after reassigning Dr. William Broussard for four month period

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Southern University head men's basketball coach and now newly appointed SU Interim Athletics Director Roman Banks addresses media members during a press conference in the A.W. Mumford Fieldhouse Friday afternoon. Banks' appointment to the post of interim athletics director was approved earlier Friday during a Southern University System Board of Supervisors meeting, after it was announced Thursday afternoon that Athletic Director William Broussard will be temporarily reassigned to the Southern University System Office on April 1, and Banks will serve in a dual capacity starting at that time.

Southern basketball coach Roman Banks said Friday that his goal as interim athletic director is to continue “the good work” that Dr. William Broussard had done before being reassigned. The university announced Thursday that it was reassigning Broussard, who has been athletic director for three years, to the Southern System President’s Office for four months beginning April 1. Banks was chosen… Continue reading →

Southern Athletic Director William Broussard reassigned temporarily, men's basketball coach Roman Banks takes over for now

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Southern University Athletic Director Dr. William Broussard answers questions regarding the university's NCAA postseason eligibility on five winter teams, including basketball, on Thursday at Southern's A. W

Southern has temporarily reassigned athletic director William Broussard without explanation. The university announced in a statement Thursday afternoon that Broussard will move to the Southern University System Office on April 1 with the expectation that he will return to the athletic department Aug. 1. Men’s basketball coach Roman Banks will double as athletic director during that time.… Continue reading →

Jackson State baseball team erupts early, handles Southern 11-5

JACKSON, Miss. — Southern pitcher Tyler Robinson put on a show against No. 1-ranked LSU. His follow-up didn’t go nearly as well. One week after he sparkled in seven innings at home, Robinson was roughed up at Jackson State, allowing four runs on five hits in the first inning alone as the Tigers erupted for an 11-5 victory. The… Continue reading →

Southern visits Jackson State

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE - -  Southern pitcher Tyler Robinson pitched 7 innings against LSU.

Southern visits Jackson State on Tuesday in a mid-week game that’s not a typical mid-week game. Though the schools are both members of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, this game will not count as a conference game, nor will their meeting April 7 at Lee-Hines Field. Because the schools are in different divisions, they will not face… Continue reading →

Texas Southern baseball team sweeps Southern

Texas Southern put Southern’s offense to rest midway through the first game of Friday’s doubleheader and things pretty much stayed that way until the end. The Tigers swept the Jaguars 7-3 and 4-1 at Lee-Hines Field as Southern totaled just 11 hits for the day. “I’m hurting for these kids,” Southern coach Roger Cador said. “I… Continue reading →

The SWAC, MEAC champions to meet in the new Celebration Bowl on Dec. 19 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Reggie Travis (81) will see you in Houston following the Jaguars' 52-45 win over Grambling in the 41st annual Bayou Classic, Saturday, Nov. 29, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

. The champions of the Southwestern Athletic Conference and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference will meet in the newly created Celebration Bowl beginning next football season. The inaugural game will be played Dec. 19 in the Georgia Dome and will be televised on an ESPN Network. Southern, which lost to Alcorn State in the SWAC championship… Continue reading →

Southern hopes ban ends in fall

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Southern Athletic Director William Broussard

The end date for Southern’s NCAA postseason ban is still unknown, but Jaguars Athletic Director William Broussard said Monday that he hopes it will come before the end of the current probationary period. In January, the NCAA extended the Southern postseason ban through Nov. 1, but said it could be lifted earlier if the… Continue reading →

Canevari becomes Cador’s right hand

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- Episcopal coach Dan Canevari.

When Southern baseball coach Roger Cador was thinking of hiring Dan Canevari as an assistant coach, he spoke with former LSU coach Skip Bertman about his former assistant. “Skip told me, ‘Dan will do for you what I did for Ron Fraser at Miami,’ ” Cador said. In other words, he would do just about everything… Continue reading →

Alabama State routs Southern women 73-55

Associated Press photo by Pat Sullivan -- Southern's Cortnei Purnell tres to steal the ball from Alabama State's Brittney Wright during the first half of the SWAC women's tournament championship game Saturday in Houston. Wright scored 17 points in the Lady Hornets' 73-55 win.

HOUSTON — Southern women’s basketball coach Sandy Pugh told her staff before Saturday’s Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament title game what it was going to take for Alabama State to beat the Jaguars. “I said, ‘The way to beat us today is to have at least four players in double figures,’” Pugh said.… Continue reading →

Southern baseball to play doubleheader at UAPB on Sunday, will give freshman pitcher Tyler Robinson a start

Advocate photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern baseball coach Roger Cador

The start of the Southern baseball team’s season has been bumpy, to say the least. The Jaguars are 2-9 and near the bottom of most Southwestern Athletic Conference statistical categories. Southern coach Roger Cador thinks he’s found the answer. Cador called his decision to move freshman Tyler Robinson and senior James Fontenot into the starting rotation… Continue reading →

Southern, UAPB to play Sunday doubleheader in Arkansas in rain-delayed, -shortened SWAC series

Advocate file photo by ADAM LAU -- Southern baseball coach Roger Cador

The Southern baseball team will have to wait another day before opening its Southwestern Athletic Conference road schedule at Arkansas-Pine Bluff this weekend. The first game of Saturday’s doubleheader has been canceled because of bad weather, and the second game has been moved to Sunday to create a new doubleheader between the programs. Jaguars coach Roger… Continue reading →

Southern guards take out A&M

Alabama A&M was able to slow the tempo and keep Southern under control for the first half of their quarterfinal game in the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament Thursday afternoon in the Toyota Center. But coming out of a two-point deficit at halftime, the Jaguars guards increased the defensive pressure and started attacking the… Continue reading →

Southern men advance in SWAC tournament

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern University Jaguars guard Trelun Banks (3) drives past Alabama State Hornets center Wendell Lewis (00), Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, at Southern's F.G. Clark Activity Center in Baton Rouge, La.

HOUSTON — Guards Tre Lynch, Trelun Banks and Adrian Rodgers combined to score 44 points as third-seeded Southern defeated sixth-seeded Alabama A&M 64-60 in the quarterfinals of the Southwesten Athletic Conference tournament Thursday afternoon in the Toyota Center. Lynch came off the bench to score a game-high 16 points, making 6-of-9 field goals and Banks… Continue reading →