Southern Completes A Three-Game Sweep of Grambling State




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For the third straight game, Southern University baseball rallied from an early deficit and produced double digit runs to seal a three-game sweep of Grambling State with a 13-8 comeback win Sunday afternoon at Lee-Hines Field.

Southern’s offensive prowess was on full display during the Grambling series as the Jaguars plated 46 runs and belted out 51 hits in route to claiming sole possession of first place in the Southwestern Athletic Conference western division standings.

On Sunday, Southern (14-9, 8-1) spotted Grambling a 3-0 lead before Johnny Johnson’s leadoff single sparked a four-run fourth inning. After Hunter David singled, Grambling starter Ryan Huntington walked the next three Jaguar hitters for two runs. Javeyan Williams gave SU their first lead of the day with a two RBI single to right field that scored Willie Ward and William Nelson.

Grambling (10-13, responded in the fifth, scoring four runs highlighted by catcher Drexler Macaay second homer of the game to reclaim the lead at 7-4. But for the second straight inning, Grambling pitching short-circuited when faced with the pressure of trying to cool off the Jaguar bats in the bottom half of the inning.

Coby Taylor opens the fifth with a lead off walk then score after Johnson’s triple to right center field. David singled to score Johnson and after a GSU turned a double play, two more walks forced another Tiger pitching change. Hampton Hudson waisted little time taking advantage of JC Bonilla, hitting a two RBI double on a 1-0 count. Tyler LaPorte RBI single capped off the scoring in the fifth and Southern never looked back adding 4 more runs in route to the 13-8 win.

Johnson finished the game 4-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored and two RBIs. Six Jaguars ended the day with multiple hits, including the trio of David, Hudson and Williams, who all recorded three RBIs apiece.

David’s performance during the three-game series stood out above the rest of his hot-hitting teammates. He finished the Grambling series 12-16 at the plate, drove in 11 runs and scored six times.

Southern’s work load continues with a full week starting with Tuesday’s road game at New Orleans before hosting Northwestern State for a make-up game on Wednesday at Lee-Hines Field. The division leading Jaguars wrap up the first half of SWAC play with a three-game home series with Prairie View A&M on March 28-30.

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