LAKE CHARLES — Make it four in a row for Southern.
The Jaguars got solid efforts from three pitchers and Jose de la Torre belted two home runs Tuesday night en route to a 5-4 win over McNeese State at Cowboy Diamond.
De la Torre launched a solo homer in the top of the first, though the Cowboys (17-12) followed with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning. Connor Crane singled home Andrew Guillotte, then came home on a throwing error by de la Torre, the catcher.
De la Torre answered with a two-run shot in the third, giving the Jaguars (6-16) a 3-2 lead.
But the true stars of the night, SU coach Roger Cador said, were the pitchers — Harold Myles, J’Markus George and Rafael Diaz.
Myles started the game and lasted 3.1 innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits.
George (1-3) came on to throw the next 4.1 innings, pitching his way out of the occasional jam.
Diaz threw the final 1.1 innings for his third save of the season.
“I really think that was the key,” Cador said, referring to the performance of his pitching staff. “McNeese is a good team. We kept the ball in the park and our guys kept them off balance just enough.”
The Jaguars, coming off a three-game sweep of Grambling, took a 5-2 lead over McNeese with a pair of runs un the fourth inning.
Sergio Torres singled to right field, bringing home Rivers Frederick, and Tyler Kirksey followed with a two-out infield single that scored Robinson Mateo.
“That was a big hit with two outs, which we hadn’t done very well,” Cador said. “The first baseman (Crane) couldn’t handle it cleanly, and Mateo was able to score quickly. That run ended up being the difference in the game.”
George gave up two runs on two hits. He struck out two and walked two.
McNeese starter Clay Brast (0-1) allowed five runs on seven hits in four innings.