Southern baseball can’t complete sweep of UAPB

PINE BLUFF, Ark. — The Southern baseball team came up a few timely hits shy of a sweep to open Southwestern Athletic Conference play, falling 5-4 at Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday afternoon.

The Jaguars (5-5, 2-1) matched UAPB (3-9, 1-2) with 11 hits but stranded 12 runners, including two apiece in the second, fourth, fifth and seventh innings.

“We had multiple opportunities from an offensive standpoint, and we weren’t able to cash in,” coach Roger Cador said. “You have to hit with runners in scoring position, and we just didn’t do it. We left a lot of guys standing out there.”

Southern entered the ninth trailing by two, but Jose DeLa Torre opened the inning with a double, and Darryl Wesley singled him to third. Brian Rowry struck out, but a wild pitch by Pine Bluff’s Redmond Floyd let DeLa Torre score and moved Wesley to second base.

Floyd settled down from there, striking out Brian Ortiz and getting Harley Wiltz to fly out to right field to end it.

Wesley’s ninth-inning single capped a 4-for-4 day, and Kevin Williams was 2 for 3 with three RBI. Southern starter Daniel Garcia allowed five runs — three earned — and 10 hits in seven innings; he was done in by a pair of two-run homers by Pine Bluff’s Isias Alcantar and Mike Wieland.

“He went seven innings and threw the ball relatively well,” Cador said. “He just made a couple of mistakes.”

Southern opened the series with 11-9 and 2-0 victories Saturday. After playing Nicholls State at 6 p.m. Wednesday — slated to be their first game of the season at Lee-Hines Field — the Jaguars return to SWAC play Saturday against Texas Southern.