GRAMBLING — When Grambling wasn’t helping itself Saturday afternoon, it found plenty of help from archrival Southern.
Grambling completed a three-game sweep, pounding out 15 hits and scoring in every inning but the first in a 14-8 win.
Southern pitching did itself no favors, issuing 10 walks and hitting three batters. The Jaguars defense also struggled, committing four errors and failing to turn a potential inning-ending double play in the seventh.
“We made some bad errors at crucial times,” Southern coach Roger Cador said. “Some of the errors were mental errors that don’t show up in the box score. Against a good team like Grambling, you can’t make those mistakes.”
For the second consecutive game, Southern (11-20, 7-10 Southwestern Athletic Conference) took a 4-0 lead. This time, the Jaguars did it in the first inning on Robinson Mateo’s grand slam.
The Jaguars held Grambling scoreless in the bottom of the inning, but it didn’t take the Tigers long to start chipping away at Southern’s lead.
Grambling (14-21, 10-8) scored three in the second inning, and added single runs in the third and fourth off of Southern starter Tyler Robinson. Trailing 5-4, Southern briefly took the lead back with two runs in the fifth.
The Tigers took the lead back with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. They went on to score seven runs in their final three at-bats.
Meanwhile, Cador was left to lament a lack of patience by Southern’s hitters.
“Our kids tried to do too much at the plate,” Cador said. “They wouldn’t wait. They determined what they where going to do before the pitch came.”
Whilhelm Allen (1-1), the second of four Southern pitchers, took the loss.
Daniel Beizer (5-3) relieved Grambling starter Danial Wilson in the first inning. Beizer got the win after giving up three hits and two unearned runs in 4.1 innings.