Six Southern pitchers held Baton Rouge Community College to a mere three hits while blanking the Bears 6-0 in an exhibition game Friday night at Lee-Hines Field.
Southern opens its season at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Nicholls State.
D.J. Wallace was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run, while Nkosi Djhetui-Mes homered for the Jaguars.
“I realize we’ll probably struggle a little bit offensively,” Southern coach Roger Cador said, “but if we’re able to pitch and play defense, we’ll still be able to do some good things.”
As has been his practice in early season games, Cador used a slew of pitchers in order to limit their pitch counts and get a glimpse of the players in action.
The first four Jaguars pitchers were all freshmen: Tyler Robinson, who opened with two shutout innings; Joseph Sanchez, who struck out three in his two innings; Justin Freeman; and Jacob Wallace.
“I was pretty pleased with our young pitchers,” Cador said. “They all threw well.”
Zachary McCown, Ridge Buisson and Adam Nelson had the hits for BRCC.
Southern scored twice in the first inning, with Wallace double scoring Marcus Tomlin, who reached with a one-out double, and Wallace scoring from third base on an error after a called third strike.
The Jaguars got three more runs in the sixth, with Lance Jones and Phillip Williams both scoring on errors and Gavin Webster drawing a two-out, bases-loaded walk.
And Djetui-Mes homered to left field with two outs in the eighth to complete the scoring.
“We’re beginning to get it,” Cador said.