Roger Cador and Southern open their own clubhouse after years of work and red tape _lowres

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Second year pitcher James Fontenot, left, and fourth year pitcher Santos Saldivar, right, are two of Southern University's veteran baseball players who can recall team members changing into their baseball uniforms in the parking lot outside Lee-Hines Field before the start of home games. They'll get a change of routine Friday, after 30-year Southern head coach Roger Cador's dream is finally reality, and the school's new baseball support facility with locker room and coaches' offices will be used for the first time for a home stand.

The Southern baseball team will honor its senior class when the Jaguars play their final mid-week game of the regular season against Southeastern Louisiana at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Lee-Hines Field.

The Jaguars will give the ball to senior right-hander Santos Saldivar (3-6, 2.74) and recognize him and seven other seniors.

Southern (16-22) will be the second seed in the Southwestern Athletic Conference one year after failing to qualify for it. The Jaguars bounced back from a four-game losing streak to sweep a three-game series at Grambling last weekend, scoring 38 runs.

The Lions (36-13), who are coming off a three-game sweep of Lamar last weekend, defeated Southern 11-3 last month in Hammond. They will start junior right-hander Pat Cashman (3-4, 3.71).

D.J. Wallace (.352), Tyler Kirksey (.333) and Rivers Frederick (.313) lead Southern at the plate. Jose de la Torre owns a team-high 10 home runs and 40 RBIs. Kirksey’s 13 stolen bases lead the squad.

The Jaguars are hitting .274 as a team and have been successful on 51-of-69 stolen base attempts.

The pitching staff has compiled a 5.67 ERA, fanning 292 batters in 330 innings of work.

Southern is coming off a three-game sweep of Grambling last weekend.

Southeastern returns to Southland Conference play at 6 p.m. Friday against Central Arkansas in the opener of a three-game series at Alumni Field.