Southern’s trying season ends with loss at Prairie View

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PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — The Southern baseball team wrapped up an immensely challenging season Sunday afternoon with a 16-9 loss at Prairie View.

The Jaguars (10-26, 6-16 Southwestern Athletic Conference) were mathematically eliminated from the conference tournament last weekend, so coach Roger Cador’s club knew this three-game set was the end of the line.

It responded by sweeping Saturday’s doubleheader, but Sunday was a different story: Prairie View (19-27, 11-12) scored three runs in the first inning and seven in the second to take control.

“You have to admire them,” Cador said of his players. “They could’ve thrown in the towel, but they didn’t. They battled back and tried to make a game of it.”

The Jaguars scored two in the fourth to make it 10-2, but Prairie View answered with two in the bottom half, then one in the fifth and three in the sixth. Southern had five runs in the seventh and two in the ninth to set the final margin.

Senior first baseman Brian Rowry had a memorable final game with the Jaguars, going 5-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Sophomore designated hitter Jose De La Torre added his first homer of the season, a solo homer in the ninth.

Harold Myles (0-1) took the brunt of Prairie View’s early surge, allowing nine runs and six hits in 1.2 innings.

Charles Philpott (1-0) got the win for Prairie View; he allowed two runs and five hits in six innings. Robert Cossey had the biggest day at the plate: He was 2-for-5 with a three-run homer in the first and six RBIs. Colby Hines chipped in a three-run shot in the second.

It all added up to a forgettable ending to a rough year for Cador’s squad.

“I think we’ll come back and be a lot better,” he said. “I think they will because there’s no way a player for Southern can accept what happened this year. That’s unacceptable. Despite all we went through, you can’t make excuses for lack of execution.”