Southern baseball swept out at Grambling

GRAMBLING — Grambling right fielder Kris Minter had three hits and scored twice, and designated hitter Travaurs Bell scored twice and had three RBIs on Sunday as the Tigers beat Southern 9-1 in Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball at Jones Field.

Grambing (6-17, 5-7) started fast with a three-run first inning and capped the win with a four-run seventh to sweep the three-game series. The Tigers finished with 14 hits; Korey Hall added three hits, while Juan Bueno and Yariel Medina each had two.

“We didn’t do well. We didn’t swing the bats that well. And again, when we went to the bullpen, we didn’t stop them,” Southern coach Roger Cador said. “It’s a situation that’s been occurring all year. We’re just trying to find a way to make it better.”

Grambling starter T.J Murphy (1-2) scattered seven hits in 7.1 scoreless innings.

“We’re going to continue to work with the kids ... and try to paint a picture in their minds about what it’s going to take for them to enjoy success. It’s the little things. We have to hit better with runners in scoring position,” Cador said. “That’s an area where we fail miserably.”

Southern (4-10, 1-6) finished with eight hits, led by first baseman Brian Rowry’s two doubles. But in the field, the Jaguars kept themselves in trouble with four errors.

“We had some mental breakdowns,” Cador said. “They forced our (freshman J’Marcus George) to make a lot of pitches. And he made the pitches, but then, in addition to the physical errors, we made mental errors.”

George (0-1) gave up four runs, three earned, on eight hits in five innings.

Southern visits Louisiana-Lafayette, ranked as high as No. 5, at 6 p.m. Wednesday.