BATON ROUGE, La. – The Jackson State baseball team split a Saturday double header with the Southern Jaguars at Lee-Hines Field. JSU won the first game 6-4 and SU bounced back to take the second game 10-3.
JSU finished the series with a 27-19 record and SU finished with a 20-21 record.
The two teams were scheduled to play a Friday-Saturday, home-and-home with the first game to be played in Jackson but inclement weather forced the two teams to play the double header in Baton Rouge. The two teams will play a two game series in Jackson at Braddy Field next season.
In game one, Alexander Juday (3-3) pitched 8.1 innings for the win. He allowed four runs on seven hits while striking out three batters. Andre Rodriguez pitched .2 innings to pick up his second save of the season.
JSU scored its six runs on eight hits and had five RBI. Designated hitter Malcolm Tate went 2-4 with a run and second baseman Stephen Curtis went 2-4 with two RBI.
Jesse Holliday (6-3) pitched seven innings in the losing effort for Southern. He gave up four runs on six hits. Harley Wiltz finished with two hits and a run.
Neither team scored a run for the first four innings. JSU opened the scoring with a two run fifth when Charles Tillery scored on a Nick Marigny double. Marigny went on to score the second run on an error. Southern then scored two runs at the bottom of the fifth to make the score 2-2.
JSU reclaimed the lead for good in the eighth. Aneko Knowles led off the inning with a home run to left field and Tate scored on a Tillery double, giving JSU a 4-2 advantage.
JSU added two insurance runs in the ninth. The first two JSU batters of the inning, Fred Hampton and Jose Cruz, got hit by the pitcher to get on base. Both players scored on a Curtis double to center field.
Southern scored two runs at the bottom of the inning to make the final score 6-4.
In the second game, JSU scored its three runs in the fifth inning. Curtis, Marigny and Tate all scored on fielding errors. The Tigers finished with eight hits while SU scored its 10 runs on 17 hits.
Marigny finished with two hits and a run to lead the Tigers. Tyler Kirksey led SU with four hits, two runs and two RBI. Vincent Anthonia (5-4) suffered the loss for the Tigers. In one inning of work he gave up five runs on five hits. Jose DeLeon (4-3) picked up the win for Southern. He allowed three runs on eight hits in eight innings. He also struck out seven batters.
JSU returns to action Saturday, May 11 for a three game non-conference series against Florida A&M at Braddy Field.