Southern sweeps doubleheader at Grambling _lowres

Advocate file photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern left-hander J'Markus George

Southern doubled its fun Saturday afternoon at Grambling as the Jaguars swept a doubleheader from their SWAC archrival by identical scores, 11-4 and 11-4.

Having already locked up the second seed for the SWAC tournament, Southern coach Roger Cador shuffled his weekend pitching rotation. Regardless, it was smooth sailing in both games for the Jaguars.

In the first game, Southern (15-22, 12-8) took control early scoring seven runs in the first three innings. It provided more than enough room for Jaguars starter J’Markus George (2-4), who started his sixth game of the season.

George went six innings, giving up four runs on five hits. He had two strikeouts and five walks, recovering from a shaky start in which he hit two of the first three batters her faced.

“He really did get it together,” Cador said. “He found a way to right the ship. He made good pitches, and he didn’t have his good stuff. He did what competitors do. He bought time and the defense played well behind us.”

Ryan Flynn relieved George in the seventh and was nearly perfect as he finished out the game. Flynn had one strikeout, and allowed just one hit in three scoreless innings of relief.

Southern did its early damage against Grambling starter Dion Holbrook, who surrendered eight hits and seven runs. Only four of the runs were earned.

Grambling (9-32, 7-16) pushed across a run in the fifth to pull within 7-4. The Jaguars put the game away scoring one run in the eighth and three in the ninth.

Southern left fielder Tyler Kirksey had a home run and a triple, and drove in three runs. D.J. Wallace had a home run and two RBIs.

Jose DeLa Torre had two hits and three RBIs.

Southern and Grambling close out their SWAC regular season with a single game at 1 p.m. Sunday. Southern will be the second seed at the SWAC tournament, which begins May 13 at Wesley Barrow Stadium in New Orleans.