GRAMBLING — Jose de la Torre hit two home runs to lead a 17-hit attack as Southern completed a three-game sweep of Southwestern Athletic Conference rival Grambling with a 16-12 win Sunday.
In a game that featured shaky Southern pitching, the Jaguars’ offense carried the day with seven hits going for extra bases.
Gavin Webster also hit a home run, and Tyler Kirksey had a triple for Southern (16-22, 13-8).
“De la Torre swung the bat well all weekend. We needed that because we went with an abbreviated rotation,” Southern coach Roger Cador said after Southern rallied from a 9-7 deficit through four innings.
With the SWAC tournament beginning May 13, Cador shuffled a pitching lineup that has been inconsistent most of the season.
“We wanted to have something to talk about before the tournament,” Cador said. “Obviously, we need to do some things different.”
Grambling (9-33, 7-17) scored five runs off Southern starter Rafael Diaz. Harold Myles replaced Diaz with one out in the second and gave up four runs before being lifted with two outs in the fourth.
James Fontenot gave Southern its best pitching of the day, scattering six hits and allowing one run in four innings.
“Fontenot pitched well,” Cador said. “He didn’t let (Grambling) bunch their hits, and he pitched out of a couple of jams.”
Grambling starter Jaiden France allowed seven runs in four innings. Reliever Andre Wilson was charged with five runs in 1.1 innings and took the loss.
De la Torre was 4-for-4 with four RBIs and scored five runs. Grambling’s Roger Diaz was 3-for-6 with three RBIs.
Southern hosts Southeastern at 6 p.m. Wednesday.