An early lead helped give the Southern baseball team what it was looking for. It also likely gave the Jaguars more than they were expecting.
John Pope’s three-run homer in the second inning gave the Jaguars an early lead, and they held on from there, scoring their first victory of the season Sunday with a 6-5 win over Auburn in Auburn, Alabama.
Pope’s homer gave the Jaguars (1-5) an early edge and eventually held up against their Southeastern Conference foe. Daniel Franklin, Justin Freeman and Troy Lewis allowed 14 hits, but Auburn never managed more than one run in an inning.
“We did just enough to win today,” Southern coach Roger Cador said. “We pitched well, we defended well and we got just enough hits with runners in scoring position or on the bases. Those are the things we’ve been talking about to the kids: ‘Don’t beat yourself. Make them earn everything.’ ”
Franklin went the first 4.2 innings, followed by 2.2 from Freeman and the last 1.2 from Lewis. Freeman got the win, and Lewis notched the save.
Javeayan Williams added a double and two RBIs for Southern. Troy Lewis, Dondrayas Harris and Anthony Valdes had two-hit games.
“We’re on the road for the next three weeks,” Cador said. “This ought to help us as we go forward, playing schools like us. ... This ought to send a message to our players that, if you don’t make mistakes and if you play well, we will be OK.”
Gabe Klobosits allowed five runs and seven hits in 3.1 innings for Auburn (4-3), which lost two of three to Sacramento State last weekend.
Southern faces Jackson State at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Biloxi, Mississippi.