Southern hosts Nicholls State in another Goldsby ‘home’ game

When the Southern baseball team faces Texas Southern in a three-game series this weekend, coach Roger Cador expects the Jaguars to have Lee-Hines Field available.

But it’s back to Pete Goldsby Field on Wednesday when Nicholls State comes to town.

Opening pitch for Southern-Nicholls is scheduled for 6 p.m. Cox Sports Television will carry the action.

Southern’s home field continues to undergo improvements as the Jaguars, who opened Southwestern Athletic Conference play by taking two of three games at Arkansas-Pine Bluff, inch toward their SWAC home opener Saturday against Texas Southern. A rainy February has pushed back the project’s completion.

“It should be ready Saturday,” Cador said. “They’ve got everything they need except one truckload of dirt that should be here tomorrow. They’ve made tremendous progress now that the weather is cooperating.”

Southern (5-5) opened its season at Pete Goldsby with three games Feb. 15-17 against Stillman College. It was forced to reschedule a Feb. 26 home game against Loyola.

The visit by Nicholls, which pounded out an 11-1 victory over Southern on Feb. 20, completes a home-and-home.

Catholic High graduate Grant Borne will take the mound for Nicholls, making his second career start and looking for his first career win. Borne is 0-0 with a 1.50 ERA in six innings.

Southern goes back to Camilo Godoy, who took the loss against Nicholls in the first action of his college career.

Last time, Godoy gave up a leadoff homer to Matt Richard on the third pitch of the game, part of a four-run first inning. He left after 4.2 innings with Nicholls enjoying a 4-1 lead.

Cador said he is confident Godoy, who hasn’t pitched since then, will bounce back.

“He’s smart, he’s tough, and he has a good breaking pitch,” Cador said. “He’ll figure it out.”

More of a concern for Cador is the health of some key position players.

Outfielders D.J. Wallace (knee), Gavin Webster (shoulder) and Tyler Kirksey (knee) and shortstop Jeremy Lopez (ankle) enter Wednesday as question marks.

“We’ll see when we get to the park who can play and who can’t,” Cador said. “Then we’ll adjust accordingly.”

Nicholls (7-5) will be back in Baton Rouge after playing three games at Alex Box Stadium over the weekend. The Colonels split a pair of games against Brown before suffering a 2-0 setback against LSU on Sunday.