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Southern visits Arkansas-Pine Bluff looking to clinch berth in SWAC tournament

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern starting pitcher Daniel Franklin throws a pitch  against Texas Southern on Saturday at Lee Hines Field.

Southern coach Roger Cador said he couldn’t find anything good in the Jaguars’ 23-3, mercy-rule loss to UNO on Tuesday night. But he wasn’t concerned about any lingering effects, either. “They’re not going to worry about that shellacking,” Cador said of the Jaguars. “They’ll move on to another adventure.” The next adventure is the continuing quest to clinch… Continue reading →

LSU softball team on a roll as it heads to Arkansas

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Head coach Beth Torina waves LSU catcher Kellsi Kloss (77) in to home plate on her way to score in the first inning during LSU's opening night game against Ohio State, Friday, February 12, 2016, at LSU's Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La.

The LSU softball team hasn’t always played up to its preseason No. 3 national ranking. The Tigers have mostly been in the bottom half of the Southeastern Conference, which features more teams ranked in the top 18 (nine) than not (four). But coach Beth Torina and the players have said since the preseason polls were announced that the… Continue reading →

UNO batters Southern again to claim 23-3 mercy-rule victory

UNO’s hitters battered Southern’s pitchers for the second time this season. And the second beating was worse than the first. The Privateers had a season-high 25 hits and scored in five consecutive innings, including six-run, five-run and seven-run rallies on their way to a 23-3 victory against the Jaguars on Tuesday night at Lee-Hines Field.… Continue reading →

UNO and Southern clash Tuesday night at Lee-Hines Field

For both the Southern and UNO baseball teams, their most recent conference series was their best of the season. They’ll take a break from the stretch run in conference play to take the measure of each other at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Lee-Hines Field. The Privateers (24-15) are coming off their first three-game Southland sweep since joining the… Continue reading →

Southern looks ahead while other SWAC teams reflect on spring practice

Nine of the 10 Southwestern Athletic Conference football coaches on a teleconference with the media Monday morning summarized their recently completed spring practices. The league’s three new coaches — former LSU assistant Michael Haywood (Texas Southern), Fred McNair (Alcorn State) and Tony Hughes (Jackson State) — talked about their impressions of the talent they inherited and… Continue reading →

Southern, South Carolina State to clash in 2017 MEAC/SWAC Challenge season opener at Mumford Stadium

Southern will open the 2017 football season by hosting South Carolina State in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge at A.W. Mumford Stadium. For the past 11 seasons, two historically black colleges and universities — one from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and one from the Southwestern Athletic Conference — have met on the opening weekend of the college football season. In… Continue reading →

Southern rallies to stun No. 23 South Alabama in Mobile

MOBILE, Ala. — Southern coach Roger Cador has been slow to call on his bullpen this season, a unit that for the most part has been unreliable. Friday night, he had no choice. The Jaguars relievers responded with seven quality innings, and it was enough to give Southern a chance to rally in the… Continue reading →

Southern baseball tries to build momentum at South Alabama

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern pitcher Bryan Melendez throws a pitch against Texas Southern as relief pitcher on Sunday at Lee Hines Field.

Southern just completed its best stretch in Southwestern Athletic Conference play, and now it’s in the midst of an elongated stretch against nonconference opposition for this late in the season. The Jaguars, who hadn’t won any of their first five SWAC series, swept three games from Prairie View last weekend at Lee-Hines Field. That put them two games… Continue reading →

NCAA slams Southern with sanctions; no postseason for football, baseball, 9 others in 2016-17

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern University players on the field before kickoff against Jackson State, Saturday, September 19, 2015, at Southern University's AW Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Southern University is back on NCAA probation. Less than a year after all its athletic programs were reinstated from a two-year postseason ban, every program except men’s basketball and tennis faces a postseason ban for the 2016-17 academic year as part of academic-related sanctions released by the NCAA on Wednesday. A total of 11 programs — including football,… Continue reading →

Southern lands first basketball signee in Shreveport’s Josh ‘Frog’ Robinson

The Southern men’s basketball team signed its first recruit of the spring signing period Tuesday, landing Shreveport native Josh “Frog” Robinson. Robinson, a 6-foot-5 guard, averaged 11.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists last season at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas. He is the all-time winningest player in Trinity Valley history after participating in 62… Continue reading →

Former Catholic High pitcher Dylan Gregoire back on the mound for Loyola after overcoming third major injury

Photo provided by Loyola University New Orleans -- Loyola pitcher Dylan Gregoire returns to Baton Rouge, where he helped lead Catholic to the state title in 2010.

The nonconference baseball game between Southern and Loyola on Tuesday night doesn’t have much meaning in the standings. The Jaguars are 11-21, the Wolf Pack is 19-28, and the outcome won’t affect either team’s primary goal, which is to hang on to the final berth in their respective conferences’ tournaments next month.… Continue reading →

John Pope enters late, barely avoids an early exit and then powers Southern baseball to a comeback win and a series sweep over Prairie View

Apparently John Pope was meant to be a hero for the Southern baseball team in its 13-9 victory over Prairie View on Sunday. He wasn’t in the lineup to start the finale of a three-game series at Lee-Hines Field, but circumstances conspired to put him center stage, and he responded. First, coach… Continue reading →

Southern hitters show patience and aggression in routing Prairie View 16-5

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Robinson Mateo beats the throw to third base as Prairie View's Josh Wells attempts the tag Saturday at Lee Hines field.

The Southern baseball team began the weekend by riding the pitching of Daniel Franklin to a victory over Prairie View. On Saturday, the Jaguars hitters led the way in a 16-5 blowout of the Panthers at Lee-Hines Field that was shortened to 6½ innings because of the Southwestern Athletic Conference mercy rule. Despite the smaller timeframe, Southern scored… Continue reading →

Southern ends 9-game losing streak as Daniel Franklin pitches a gem

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern pitcher Daniel Franklin threw eight shutout innings as the Jaguars defeated Prairie View on Friday at Lee-Hines field.

Southern has had trouble all season finding effective relief pitching that could preserve a lead long enough for Troy Lewis to come in and close. Daniel Franklin got around the problem Friday night, pitching a two-hit shutout over eight innings before Lewis came in and finished a 4-1 victory against Prairie View at blustery Lee-Hines Field, ending the… Continue reading →

Southern, Prairie View fighting for SWAC tournament berth

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --Southern's Jose de la Torre connects for a home run against Grambling last month at Lee-Hines Field.

The outcome of this weekend’s series between Southern and Prairie View will go a long way in determining which team qualifies for the Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball tournament. The last-place team in each division fails to qualify for the tournament, which happens May 13-17 at Wesley Barrow Stadium. The Jaguars (8-21, 3-11) are last in the Western Division.… Continue reading →

Amid Southern’s nine-game skid, Roger Cador continues to tinker

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern coach Roger Cador speaks to plate umpire Jason Rosen as the Jaguars play Arkansas-Pine Bluff on March 26 at Lee-Hines Field.

Most college baseball coaches will at least casually glance at a box score following a game and keep familiar with his players’ numbers throughout the season. Southern coach Roger Cador is not most coaches. He doesn’t pay attention to any statistics. Cador is fully aware the Jaguars have done a poor job of fielding the ball this year,… Continue reading →

Les East: Remember Southern students Annette January, Lashuntae Benton -- 2 lives tragically cut short

Remember the names: Annette January and Lashuntae Benton. Both were students at Southern University — January a freshman from Gary, Indiana, who was a sprinter on the track team; Benton a sophomore from Lake Charles who was a student trainer. Sadly we’re not learning who they were and what they meant to Southern because of their abilities in… Continue reading →

Southern’s Dondrayas Harris hits for cycle in loss to Grambling

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern first baseman Mason Diaz waits on a throw back to first as Grambling's Angel Peguero steps safely back to the bag on Sunday at Lee Hines field.

There wasn’t much more Dondrayas Harris could do for the Southern baseball team on Sunday at Lee-Hines Field. Harris had one of the best days of any Jaguar in recent memory, hitting for the cycle with a 5-for-5 effort while also driving in four and scoring three times. The only problem was that it was all… Continue reading →

Grambling rallies past Southern, wins 10-8 in 10 innings

Southern had its chances to even up a weekend series with Grambling, but a lack of timely hitting late in the game was too much to overcome Saturday afternoon at Lee-Hines Field. The Jaguars left the bases loaded twice in the final three innings of regulation before Grambling pushed across a pair of unearned runs in the… Continue reading →

White Castle’s Issac O’Bear helps Grambling hand Southern 7th straight loss

Southern’s women’s basketball team was recognized for its Southwestern Athletic Conference co-championship during Friday night’s baseball game against Grambling at Lee-Hines Field. On the diamond, Grambling pitcher Issac O’Bear took control of things the way his younger sister and fellow White Castle alum Skylar did as the Jaguars point guard. Wesley Drain and Johan Mojica each… Continue reading →

Southern hopes to end six-game losing streak when it hosts Grambling

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Robinson Mateo goes airborne as he attempts to tag Texas Southern's Gerreck Jimenez after catching a high throw at second on Sunday at Lee Hines Field.

After losing its past six games, the Southern baseball team is in the midst of its worst stretch of the season. But the Jaguars aren’t discouraged, because they believe they can remedy their recent shortcomings. “I don’t think we’re playing bad baseball,” infielder Troy Lewis said. “We’ve just got to do certain little things… Continue reading →

Southern to open football season on the road against UL-Monroe and Tulane

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern coach Dawson Odums speaks with linebacker Daniel Brown on the sideline against Alabama A&M on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, at A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Southern will open the 2016 football season with two road games against in-state opponents. The Jaguars, who announced their schedule Tuesday, will provide the opposition in Matt Viator’s debut as Louisiana-Monroe coach when they visit the Warhawks on Sept. 3. It will be the first meeting between Southern and UL-Monroe and mark the third consecutive season that the… Continue reading →

Texas Southern outlasts Southern 5-3 to clinch series win

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Troy Lewis is tagged out at second base by Texas Southern's Horace Leblanc on Saturday at Lee Hines Field.

Southern’s Daniel Franklin and Texas Southern’s Seth Oliver engaged in a strong pitchers’ duel for six innings Saturday afternoon at Lee-Hines Field. In the end, Oliver had more staying power, and that resulted in a 5-2 Tigers victory that clinched the weekend series for them in the wake of a 13-5 win Friday night.… Continue reading →

Texas Southern rallies past Southern, wins series opener 13-5

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's J'Markus George (18) pitches against Texas Southern, Friday, April 1, 2016, Southern's Lee-Hines Field in Baton Rouge, La.

Southern’s relief pitching and defense have made it difficult for the Jaguars to hold on to leads this season. Both areas let them down again Friday night as Texas Southern scored five runs in the eighth inning to take the lead and it pulled away to beat Southern 13-5 at Lee-Hines Field. J’Markus George (3-3) got… Continue reading →

J’Markus George getting Southern off to good starts on weekends

Advocate file photo by A.J. SISCO  --  Southern left-hander J'Markus George  will start Friday's game at Auburn.

J’Markus George has done a good job of getting Southern off to good starts on the weekend. Now the next step for him is to get off to better starts in games. The junior left-hander from Atlanta will take his traditional Friday night turn when the Jaguars open a weekend series against Texas Southern at 6 p.m. at… Continue reading →

Southeastern runs winning streak to 13 by beating Southern 18-2

HAMMOND — After setting a school record by winning its previous 12 games in a row, Southeastern Louisiana didn’t figure to need much help. But Southern gave it plenty anyway. The Lions (19-6) extended their winning streak with an 18-2 victory that was stopped by the mercy rule in the middle of the seventh… Continue reading →

Ailing Southern to face red-hot Southeastern

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern coach Roger Cador speaks to plate umpire Jason Rosen as the Jaguars play Arkansas-Pine Bluff on March 26 at Lee-Hines Field.

About 50 miles of interstate separate the campuses of Southern University and Southeastern Louisiana. Second only to cross-town LSU, the Lions are the closest Division I baseball program to The Bluffs. But while the two teams may be geographically close, the status of their seasons couldn’t be further apart. The Jaguars (8-13) are only just… Continue reading →

‘Good job, baby boy’: Five days after father dies, Southern pitcher Daniel Franklin shines on mound

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern starting pitcher Daniel Franklin (17) pitches against the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Saturday, March 26, 2016, at Southern's Lee Hines Field in Baton Rouge, La.

Every time Southern pitcher Daniel Franklin stepped to the mound against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday, he took a deep breath and looked to the section of stands closest to the Jaguars dugout. To most people, the spot was empty. To Franklin, his father was right where he had been for every game since his son was in… Continue reading →

Southern loses hefty lead, falls 10-9 to Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Southern baseball coach Roger Cador never felt comfortable Friday night, not even when his team had a five-run lead over Arkansas-Pine Bluff going into the seventh inning. As it turned out, his instincts were right. The Jaguars’ four-game winning streak ended with a 10-9 loss to the visiting Golden Lions on Friday to start the teams’… Continue reading →

A sparkling diamond: Troy Lewis’ infield shift has helped lead to a Southern winning streak

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Troy Lewis tags out  Grambling's Darien Brown on a play at second base during a game earlier this month at Lee-Hines Field.

For the past two weeks, Southern baseball coach Roger Cador has been experimenting with the left side of his infield. The Jaguars got off to a terrible start on defense this season, and even as this weekend’s series against Arkansas-Pine Bluff gets under way, Southern is among the worst fielding teams in Division I. To date, the Jaguars… Continue reading →

Southern baseball team drops Loyola for fourth straight win

Southern pitcher Harold Myles missed his team’s last few games because of the death of his grandmother. But he wanted to make her proud when he made his return to the mound. Myles, who was 0-4 with an 8.00 ERA entering Wednesday night’s game against Loyola, fought through an emotional night and put forward his… Continue reading →

Taking ‘baby steps,’ Southern baseball team looks for more as it visits Loyola

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

Southern earned its first three-game sweep this weekend. Now it has to figure out how to keep the momentum going. The Jaguars swept its series with Selma University last weekend, matching their win total from the entire first month of the season. It was the best two-day period for Southern all year, and it’s anybody’s guess if it… Continue reading →

Southern baseball sweeps a pair from visiting Selma

As of Sunday evening, the Southern baseball team is the proud owner of a bona fide winning streak. Selma didn’t make it easy, but the Jaguars completed the series sweep by wining both legs of Sunday’s doubleheader by scores of 12-6 and 4-3. Before this weekend, Southern (6-11) had yet to string together back-to-back wins. “It feels good.… Continue reading →

Les East: Postseason opportunities gave Southern teams an extra edge

Photo by JUAN DeLEON -- Southern coach Roman Banks celebrates after his team defeated Jackson State SWAC tournament championship game 12 in Houston.

Both Southern basketball teams saw their seasons come to disappointing ends in the past few days. The men followed their Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament championship with an uneven performance in a 59-55 loss to fellow No. 16 seed Holy Cross in the First Four of the NCAA tournament Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio. One night later, the women, who… Continue reading →

Joy returns to Southern dugout in 10-0 wipeout of Selma

Saturday afternoon at Lee-Hines Field, the sky was gray and cloudy and the wind was stiff and freezing. The ground was completely drenched from days of rain that hadn’t dried. It was the best day of the year for Southern baseball. The Jaguars kicked off its weekend series against Selma University with a seven-inning 10-0 win… Continue reading →

In need of a morale boost, Southern hosts Selma

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Southern coach Roger Cador talks with his team before the start of a game against Grambling at Lee-Hines Field.

This weekend could turn the entire Southern baseball season around for the better. It could also send the Jaguars plummeting even further than they’ve already fallen. Southern coach Roger Cador doesn’t see much possibility of anything in between, either. SU kicks off its official home-opening series Saturday against Selma University at 3 p.m. and… Continue reading →

Despite disappointing ending, season was a winner for Southern

Holy Cross' Robert Champion (22) shoots against Southern University's Jared Sam (12) and Adrian Rodgers, left, during the first half of a First Four game of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

DAYTON, Ohio — The Southern basketball team was hoping to spend the early morning hours of Thursday on a red-eye flight to Spokane, Wash. A victory over Holy Cross in the NCAA tournament First Four on Wednesday night would have sent the Jaguars straight from Dayton to Spokane to play No. 1 seed Oregon in the… Continue reading →

Start of Southern-Selma baseball series postponed

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Southern coach Roger Cador talks with his team before the start of a game against Grambling at Lee-Hines Field.

Southern baseball will have to wait just a little longer to play its first regularly scheduled home series. Weather concerns forced coach Roger Cador to postpone Friday’s opening game against Selma University back to Saturday. The Bulldogs were originally scheduled to travel to Baton Rouge for a single game Friday and a doubleheader Saturday. Instead, they’ll… Continue reading →

Arkansas State knocks Southern out of WNIT

JONESBORO, Ark. — Southern could never find a rhythm on the offensive end in a 68-45 loss to Arkansas State in the first round of the WNIT on Thursday night. The Jaguars trailed 32-18 at halftime and shot just 26 percent (8-for-30) from the floor in the first half. Despite their… Continue reading →

Slow start contributes to Southern’s loss to Holy Cross

Southern University's Adrian Rodgers (2) shoots over Holy Cross' Robert Champion (22) during the second half of a First Four game of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Dayton, Ohio. Holy Cross won 59-55. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

DAYTON, Ohio — Southern lost its NCAA men’s basketball tournament First Four game to Holy Cross in the final minute Wednesday night in the UD Arena. The score was tied before the Crusaders outscored the Jaguars 7-3 in the final 55 seconds. But a slow start had just as much to do with Southern’s… Continue reading →

‘Why not me?’ Southern women hope to break through in WNIT

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern coach Sandy Pugh hopes to lead the Jaguars to being the first SWAC team to win a postseason game when they visit Arkansas State on Thursday night in Jonesboro, Ark.

As the Southern women’s basketball team sat on the six hour bus ride up to Jonesboro, Arkansas, they asked themselves one simple question. “Why not me?” Southern makes the trip up to Arkansas State for its first postseason appearance since 2011 when it takes on the Red Wolves in the first round of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament… Continue reading →

Southern can't hold on, falls to Holy Cross in NCAA tournament's First Four

The Southern University bench waits out the final seconds of a First Four game of the NCAA college basketball tournament against Holy Cross, Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Dayton, Ohio. Holy Cross won 59-55. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

. DAYTON, Ohio — Southern played its best basketball of the season during a three-game run to the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament championship last weekend. That earned it the school’s first NCAA tournament appearance in four years, but it was one of the Jaguars’ worst shooting games of the season that ended their season in the… Continue reading →