Southern wastes pitching gem, loses to Texas Southern

Advocate file photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern pitcher Santos Saldivar fires to the plate during a game earlier this season. Friday night, Saldivar allowed one run on four hits in nine innings, striking out 12 -- but the Jaguars lost to Texas Southern 2-1 in 13 innings at Lee-Hines Field.

Southern shut out Texas Southern for 11 consecutive innings and lost Friday night. The Tigers used a single run in the first inning and another in the 13th as bookends in a 2-1 victory against the Jaguars at Lee-Hines Field. Andrew Garza’s two-out RBI double off Conner Baumgardner (2-2) made the difference in a game in which Southern … Continue reading →

On Deck: Texas Southern at Southern

Advocate file photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern left-hander John Thigpen  will start the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against Texas Southern at Lee-Hines Field.

Texas Southern at Southern WHEN: Noon Saturday (doubleheader). WHERE: Lee-Hines Field. RADIO: WNXX-FM (97.7). RECORDS: Southern 6-19, 2-11 SWAC Western Division; TSU 16-22, 9-4. STARTING PITCHERS: Game 1 — Southern, Jr. LH John Thigpen (1-2, 6.12) vs. TSU, Sr. RH Michael Starkey (3-3, 2.44); Game 2 — Southern, Fr. LH J’Markus George (0-3, … Continue reading →

Southern continues negotiations with Roman Banks

Advocate file photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern men's basketball coach Roman Banks talks with his team during a game against Alabama A&M. Southern continued to negotiate a new contract with Banks on Thursday as Texas A&M added an assistant to its staff.

Southern continued to negotiate a new contract with men’s basketball coach Roman Banks on Thursday as Texas A&M added an assistant to its staff. Aggies head coach Billy Kennedy spoke with Banks — who was Kennedy’s top assistant at Southeastern Louisiana from 2003-05 — about a similar position with A&M last week. A Texas A&M news release … Continue reading →

Heart of Southern batting order warming up

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's D.J. Wallace follows through on a hit against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Wallace and the Jaguars face Texas Southern in a three-game series this weekend at Lee-Hines Field.

The heart of Southern’s batting order has triggered the Jaguars’ best offensive stretch of the season. Southern has scored 34 runs in its past four games, led by Jose De La Torre hitting third, D.J. Wallace fourth and B.J. Rowry fifth. The most runs the Jaguars had scored in any previous four-game stretch was 25. Texas … Continue reading →

Southern, Banks negotiating new deal

Advocate file photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER -- Southern coach Roman Banks directs the Jaguars from the sideline during a 2012 game at the F.G. Clark Activity Center. Banks met with Southern Athletic Director William Broussard and Chancellor James Llorens on Wednesday.

One day after concluding a visit from NCAA officials, Southern turned its attention Wednesday to the future of men’s basketball coach Roman Banks. Athletic Director William Broussard and Chancellor James Llorens met with Banks to discuss enhancing the coach’s contract and securing his services long-term. Texas A&M contacted Banks last Friday about … Continue reading →

Southern signs BRCC’s Ashley Williams

The graduation of Adrian Sanders left the Southern women’s basketball team with some big sneakers to fill, but coach Sandy Pugh thinks she found someone who can do it. The Jaguars signed Baton Rouge Community College’s Ashley Williams on Wednesday, adding a versatile leader to the defending Southwestern Athletic Conference regular-season champions. “She’ll be able to … Continue reading →

Southern keeps working after NCAA leaves

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGSouthern Athletic Director William Broussard, left, and Chancellor James Llorens. Broussard are working with the NCAA to improve the school's academic reporting procedures.

The NCAA’s visit to Southern ended Tuesday afternoon, but the university’s marathon collection and submission of data continued into the night. Two NCAA representatives spent Monday and Tuesday on campus meeting with university officials, examining documents and evaluating changes Southern has made to how it monitors student-athletes’ academic progress and records, and submits that information to the … Continue reading →

Southern falters in late innings, loses 8-7 to Loyola

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern pitcher Ryan Flynn gave up four earned runs in 6.2 innings Tuesday against Loyola, but the Wolf Pack rallied to score eight runs in the final four innings to win 8-7.

On a cool night at Barrow Stadium, Loyola found a way to warm up. The Wolf Pack rallied for an 8-7 victory Tuesday night when Carmelo LoSauro lined a two-out single past the outstretched glove of first baseman Brian Rowry in the bottom of the ninth, bringing home Brandon Snow. “For me, personally, I’ve kind … Continue reading →

Roman Banks puts Texas A&M on hold for NCAA

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Coach Roman Banks was named the Southwestern Athlietic Conference's coach of the year two of the past three seasons.

Southern men’s basketball coach Roman Banks has put his dialogue with Texas A&M on the back burner for a few days. Aggies head coach Billy Kennedy spoke with Banks twice last week about possibly joining Kennedy’s staff as the top assistant. But Banks said a two-day visit to Southern from NCAA officials that began Monday has … Continue reading →

Southern baseball team eager for midweek work

Advocate sttaff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern baseball coach Roger Cador

Loyola has played almost twice as many games as Southern has this season. The Wolfpack is 24-21, and the Jaguars are 6-18 as they prepare to meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Wesley Barrow Stadium. The teams were scheduled to meet last Tuesday, but they were rained out at Lee-Hines Field — which has been common … Continue reading →

Southern prepares for NCAA visit this week

Southern officials are working this weekend to put the final touches on their presentation to the NCAA officials who will visit the campus Monday and Tuesday. The Jaguars’ months-long attempt to get an NCAA postseason ban lifted is nearing its conclusion, though no resolution will come directly from these meetings. The NCAA ruling likely will come later … Continue reading →

Southern splits doubleheader at Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern pitcher Santos Saldivar started the Jaguars' first game of a doubleheader against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday, a 4-3 win. UAPB rallied to win the second game 17-16. The teams finish their series at 1 p.m. Sunday.

PINE BLUFF, Ark. — Undone by late-inning collapses for much of this season, the Southern baseball team started the second half of Southwestern Athletic Conference play Saturday in fine fashion. But the Jaguars couldn’t finish with a doubleheader sweep. The Jaguars dropped Arkansas-Pine Bluff 4-3 in the first game of their three-game series at the Torii … Continue reading →

Texas A&M approaches Southern’s Roman Banks for assistant’s job

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern coach Roman Banks shouts to his players earlier this season.

Southern men’s basketball coach Roman Banks is seeing recruiting from the other side. Banks appears to be getting a strong recruiting pitch from Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy to reunite with him. Banks’ eight-year tenure (2003-2011) as an assistant at Southeastern Louisiana began with a two-year stint as Kennedy’s top assistant. Jaguars Athletic Director William Broussard … Continue reading →

Southern gives A.D. William Broussard a three-year contract extension

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

Southern University gave Athletic Director William Broussard a three-year contract extension Friday as the Jaguars near the finish line of an odyssey to regain good standing with the NCAA. Broussard has led a months-long effort to rectify the Jaguars’ insufficient recording and reporting of student-athletes’ academic progress to the NCAA. The inadequacies predate Broussard’s tenure and led to … Continue reading →

Stump Mitchell has insight on Jaguars

If the Arizona Cardinals are interested in drafting or signing any of the players that participated in Southern’s pro day Wednesday, they will have more insight into them than any other team will. Cardinals running backs coach Stump Mitchell was one of 18 NFL team representatives that were on hand for the three-hour workout. Mitchell coached virtually … Continue reading →

Omar Cook primed for Southern Pro Day

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNONSouthern defensive back Omar Cook tackles Alcorn State Braves wide receiver LaDarrien Davis during a game on Oct. 26.

Former Southern safety Omar Cook has had some catching up to do to register on the NFL’s radar. His playing time was limited to cameo appearances on special teams during his first three seasons after beginning his Jaguars career as a walk-on. But he had a breakout season as a senior last year when the Jaguars … Continue reading →