PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — It looks like Southern’s turnaround wasn’t a fluke.
Facing a team that swept them last at home earlier this season, the Jaguars notched a doubleheader sweep of Prairie View on Friday afternoon, extending their winning streak to six games.
Southern won the first game 8-3 behind a complete-game effort from Santos Saldivar and two homers from hot-hitting D.J. Wallace, then won the second game 19-7 as the bats erupted in the third inning and never looked back.
“The guys feel good about themselves,” SU coach Roger Cador said. “We’re in pretty good shape heading into the (nonconference) weekend.”
The Jaguars, who lost 13 of their first 15 games this season, are on a roll now. Southern (8-15, 7-6 Southwestern Athletic Conference) will try for a series weep at noon Saturday at Prairie View, followed by two midweek home games against Jackson State and UL-Lafayette and a three-game weekend series against Loyola.
Prairie View (8-21, 4-9) had swept the Jaguars last month at Lee-Hines Field.
In the first game, Saldivar (2-5) didn’t always have his best stuff, Cador said — but he worked through it all, allowing three runs on eight hits. He struck out 12 and walked two on 151 pitches.
“He kept them off balance, he threw strikes — and when they mounted some type of threat, he got out of it,” Cador said. “We threw him a little longer than I wanted to, but he’s going to have a longer week to recover, and we don’t have conference (play next weekend), so everything was right for us to extend him a little.”
Wallace, the team’s senior cleanup hitter, was 3-for-5 with two runs and three RBIs, including home runs in the third and fifth innings — both to center field.
Wallace stayed hot for the second game, too. He homered again, finishing 3-for-5 with five RBIs.
The Jaguars took a 3-1 lead into the top of the third inning, then blew the game open with eight runs on six hits.
Seven of their runs in the third inning came with two outs.
“The meat of the order did well for us, especially Wallace — but when you get all those runs with two outs, that really shows me something,” Cador said. “The guys are really concentrating.”
Eight players scored two or more runs for Southern. Marcus Tomlin was 2-for-3 with four runs and three RBIs. Gavin Webster was 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs.
James Fontentot (4-1) struggled on the mound but picked up another win and lasted six innings for Southern. He gave up six runs on 11 hits, striking out four and walking one.
Jamun Banks faced just three batters and failed to get an out. He gave way to Justin Freeman, who pitched the final inning of the mercy-rule-shortened game.
Tyler Robinson will start Saturday’s game for Southern.