For the second day in a row, the Southern baseball team watched victory evaded its grasp.
Texas Southern erased an early three-run deficit and capitalized on several mental mistakes by the Jaguars to win 5-4 Saturday in Houston. On Friday, Southern suffered an 8-6 loss while stranding the tying run at first base.
“We keep losing, but our kids don’t give up,” Southern coach Roger Cador said. “We just don’t know how to win yet. But every day, they keep coming back.”
The Jaguars (12-27, 6-13 SWAC) built a 3-0 lead, striking in the first inning on a solo home run by Jose De La Torre. In the top of the third, Franky Montesino padded the team’s advantage with a two-run single.
But mental mistakes soured an eight-inning performance from righty Daniel Franklin. TSU (21-23, 12-10) chipped into the deficit when a rolling grounder got past Southern’s right fielder, putting runners at first and third.
A similar gaffe sparked the Tigers’ ninth-inning rally. Their leadoff hitter smacked a ball that forced a rushed throw over first base, resulting in a runner in scoring position. TSU eventually loaded the bases against reliever Justin Freeman, who surrendered the winning hit .