What a difference two weeks can make.
Southern and pitcher J’Markus George opened their season Feb. 19 with a 15-0 mercy-rule loss to Grambling.
Friday night, the Jagaurs redeemed themselves with a 10-3 win over the Tigers in the Southwestern Athletic Conference opener for both teams at Lee-Hines Field.
George (1-2) got off to a shaky start, surrendering a leadoff home run to Grambling shortstop Wesley Drain. But George gained his composure, allowing only two more hits and no more runs in what turned into a seven-inning outing.
It was a sharp contrast to the Feb. 19 game, when he gave up six hits and eight runs in two innings.
“(George) gave up the home run and then he really settled down,” Southern coach Roger Cador said. “He told me today, ‘Coach, I’m going to pitch well.’ Sometimes kids can feel it, and I’m really happy for him.”
The game was technically a home contest for Grambling (2-6, 0-1), whose home field is being renovated. It didn’t phase Southern (2-6, 1-0) for long as the Jaguars struck for two runs in the second and three in the third.
Southern added three runs in the top of the seventh to take a 9-1 lead. George held Grambling scoreless in the bottom of the frame before exiting.
At the plate, five Jaguars had two-hit games — including third-baseman Franky Montesino, who had three RBIs.
The teams continue their series with a game at noon Saturday.