The Southern baseball team will not play a makeup doubleheader against Texas Southern scheduled for May 8 in Houston because it won’t have enough players available.
When Southern failed to qualify for the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament that begins May 14, coach Roger Cador gave 10 players who are from other countries or have long distances to travel home permission to leave after final exams, which end May 7. The cost for the families to change the flights would be prohibitive, Cador said.
The SWAC was waiting until the completion of the regular-season this weekend to see if the makeups would be necessary. The Jaguars play a weekend series at Prairie View A&M.
If after this weekend the makeup games would have had the potential to affect second-place Texas Southern’s ability to catch first-place Arkansas-Pine Bluff or be caught by third-place Prairie View, the doubleheader would have to be made up.
“Whatever the conference decides to do,” Cador said. “We’ll just have to eat it.”
Earlier in the season, Cador said he was prepared to forfeit the games because the return trip to Houston would cost $5,000-$6,000 that wasn’t in the budget. But Cador said Tuesday that he was prepared to make the trip and pay for it with money he had saved for recruiting before realizing the number of players who would be absent.
In fact, the Jaguars barely had enough players to field a team for their game against McNeese State at noon Wednesday in Lake Charles.
The Jaguars are playing McNeese State with just 10 position players and five pitchers in uniform. Freshman infielder Sergio Torres is the only backup position player and would be the sixth pitcher if needed.
Cador said several players didn’t make the trip because they were taking final exams, which began Wednesday.