An early missed opportunity cost the Southern baseball team Sunday at Texas Southern.

The Jaguars loaded the bases in the first inning but came away empty-handed, and the loss of momentum did the team no favors as it fell 10-0 in eight innings in Houston. Texas Southern scored the series sweep, and Southern has lost six straight games.

After loading the bases in the first, the Jaguars hit into a double play, ending the threat.

“That took the steam out of us,” coach Roger Cador said. “And they were able to score runs when they got men on base.”

TSU (21-24, 13-10 SWAC) responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning, then added two in the third, four in the sixth and one apiece in the seventh and eighth.

Robinson Mateo had three of Southern’s five hits, going 3-for-4 with a double. J’Markus George went the distance, giving up all 10 runs (seven earned) and 14 hits. He struck out seven and walked five as the Jaguars fell to 12-28 overall and 6-14 in SWAC play.

Chris Scroggins went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and a run for TSU. Javier Valdez homered, and Kamren Dukes was 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs.

Southern hosts Jackson State at 6 p.m. Tuesday and visits Tulane on Wednesday before entering the SWAC tournament next week.