Eight-run fourth inning dooms Southern to loss at Arkansas-Pine Bluff

PINE BLUFF, Ark. — As it usually does, an eighth-run inning proved too much to overcome.

The Southern baseball team fell victim to just that in the fourth inning Sunday, leading to a 16-7 loss to Arkansas-Pine Bluff in Southwestern Athletic Conference play. The outcome gave UAPB the series victory after the teams split their Saturday doubleheader.

“We had one bad inning,” Southern coach Roger Cador said. “The game was pretty good up until then. We gave up eight runs and just weren’t able to recover.”

The teams combined for 32 hits, with Southern (6-18, 2-11) pounding out 15. But the timing made all the difference, Cador said.

“We got a whole bunch of hits, but we didn’t bunch them together or get the two-out hits that I was looking for,” he said. “That’s what they did, and they made us pay for it.”

Cador also pointed to a pair of errors in that overwhelming fourth inning for UAPB (12-22, 12-5).

“We would have been out of it with one run,” he said.

That fourth-inning surge turned UAPB’s one-run lead into an 11-2 edge. Southern got within 12-7 in the seventh, but UAPB tacked on two runs in the bottom of that inning and two more in the eighth.

D.J. Wallace led Southern by going 4-for-5 with a solo homer. Jose De La Torre and Brian Rowry added three hits apiece.

Southern starter J’Markus George fell to 0-3. He allowed 10 runs (seven earned), nine hits and four walks in 3.1 innings.

Southern visits Loyola of New Orleans at 6 p.m. Tuesday before returning to SWAC play this weekend by hosting Texas Southern.