Southern baseball team swept at Grambling

Advocate file photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Lance Jones
Advocate file photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Lance Jones

GRAMBLING — The Southern baseball team’s struggles continued in a doubleheader sweep at rival Grambling, with the Jaguars falling 8-7 in 11 innings after blowing a three-run lead in the eighth inning and then committing five errors in a 9-5 loss in the second game.

“The bullpen let us down again (in the first game), and that took a lot of the wind out of our sails (in the second game),” Southern coach Roger Cador said.

Cador said the five errors led to six runs.

Yariel Medina’s two-out RBI double lifted Grambling in the first game.

Medina finished 3-for-6 with two doubles, one run and two RBIs, with Johnathon Tineo (1-for-4) scoring twice and driving in two runs to pace Grambling (5-16, 4-7 Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division) in the first game. Kris Minter (1-for-3) drove in three runs and stole a base, while Roger Diaz was 2-for-5 with three runs.

Southern (4-10, 1-4) was led by Robinson Mateo (4-for-5, run, RBI), D.J. Wallace (2-for-5, home run), Bud Morton (4-for-5, run, RBI, triple) and Lance Jones (1-for-4, three runs).

Southern starter Santos Saldivar went 7.1 innings, leaving with a 7-4 lead after walking a batter.

“Santos pitched the ball well,” Cador said. “I guess we could have extended Santos. But at some point, we really have to fix guys coming in to help out of the bullpen.”

In the second game, Tineo was 3-for-4 with five RBIs and two runs, while Korey Hall was 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI and Medina was 2-for-3 with three runs and an RBI to lead Grambling.

For Southern, Jones was 2-for-5 with three RBIs and Jose DeLaTorre and Wallace each homered. Tyler Kirksey was 3-for-4 with two runs, and Wallace and Brian Rowry also had two hits apiece.

The teams conclude their three-game series at 1 p.m. Sunday.