Southern baseball downs Nicholls State

THIBODAUX — The Southern baseball team snapped a seven-game losing streak as the Jaguars held Nicholls State to four hits and five Jaguars scored in a 5-2 victory Tuesday night at Ray E. Didier Field.

Ryan Flynn and Conner Baumgardner each pitched four innings, with Rafael Diaz striking out two in the ninth to close the game.

Southern (5-16) trailed 1-0 through four innings and 2-1 after five innings before scoring four runs in the final four innings to pull away.

Phillip Williams scored on Marcus Tomlin’s groundout to tie the score at 2 in the sixth. Harley Wiltz and Brian Rowry came home with a pair of unearned runs after Lance Jones’ single for a 4-2 lead in the seventh. And Jones scored on a wild pitch in the ninth.

“We were able to get beyond the seventh inning, and the seventh inning has been (difficult),” coach Roger Cador said.

Southern stranded 16 runners.

“Do you know how many people we left on third base with less than two outs? Just couldn’t get them in,” Cador said.

Southern won’t play again until Tuesday, when the Jaguars host Loyola. SU then opens the second half of Southwestern Athletic Conference Western Division play at Arkansas-Pine Bluff on April 11.

“That (break) will give us a chance to work on a couple of things,” Cador said.

Nicholls State (15-15) had just four hits, with two from leadoff man Phillip Lyons, who added a run.