After a lengthy wait, even through a soggy weekend, the Southern baseball team’s nine-game losing streak is over.
Behind eight strikeouts over six innings from junior right-hander Santos Saldivar, Southern beat Texas Southern 9-5 on Sunday afternoon in Houston for its first Southwestern Athletic Conference victory of the season.
Southern (3-9, 1-3) built a 6-2 lead behind Saldivar, who gave up two runs (one earned) in the first inning before settling down.
“Saldivar pitched well,” coach Roger Cador said. “He’s done it all year.”
After Saturday’s doubleheader was postponed and Sunday’s rescheduled twin bill was delayed by rain and then cut to just one game, the Jaguars finally got on the field and found a boost of motivation.
“We squandered two games in conference play when we had the lead and should have won,” Cador said. “This ought to be a morale booster for the kids, knowing we can put games away.”
Texas Southern (5-13, 2-2) trimmed Southern’s lead to 6-5 with a five-run seventh inning, but the Jaguars added a run in the eighth and two more in the ninth to hang on.
Tyler Kirksey had a triple and a two-run homer among his four hits, and Lance Jones added four hits. Robinson Mateo had three hits and three RBIs, and D.J. Wallace chipped in a solo homer.
Southern hosts McNeese State at 6 p.m. Tuesday before continuing SWAC play this weekend at Grambling.
BATON ROUGE CCC 6-8, ILLINOIS CENTRAL COLLEGE 4-6: BRCC swept its home doubleheader, a pair of wins highlighted by Corey Free’s two-run, walk-off homer in Game 1.
Nick Gobert added three hits (including a triple) and two runs in Game 1, and M.J. Frazier earned the win in relief. Blake Hymel had the win in the second game, and Zachary Zimmer had a pair of RBIs.
BRCC hosts Pearl River Community College at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
DELGADO 14, ST. CHARLES 1: With impending weather on the way, Delgado and St. Charles altered Sunday’s scheduled doubleheader to a single game. Following an offensive outburst, the Dolphins walked away with a mercy rule victory and the sweep of the weekend series at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium.
Delgado took an early 8-0 lead through two innings when the Dolphin bats combined for a seven-hit second inning, including a two-run home run by Austin Barrois, doubles by Jordan Caillouet and Cole Freeman, and RBI singles by Troy Lewis, Bryce Adams, and Josh Watkins.
Delgado added two additional runs in the third on Cody Ducote’s two-RBI single.
Delgado (24-2) will travel to LSU-Eunice next weekend for a three game series.