Southern to test-drive several pitchers in opener vs. BRCC _lowres

Advocate file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Southern pitcher Santos Saldivar

Southern plans to use its exhibition game against Baton Rouge Community College on Friday night to get its first in-game look at its top starting pitchers and relievers.

Jaguars No. 1 starter Santos Saldivar will throw the first pitch at 6 p.m. at Lee-Hines Field.

After three innings, he’ll be followed to the mound by fellow weekend starters J’Markus George and Daniel Franklin for two innings each.

James Fontenot will pitch the eighth inning and turn things over to closer Rafeal Diaz for the ninth.

At least that’s the plan going into the game, and it’s the plan Southern coach Roger Cador plans to use in the regular season, beginning Tuesday at Nicholls State.

“We’re going to pitch the other guys Tuesday,” Cador said.

Cador has a pretty good idea of what he has in four of the five pitchers, but Franklin is a newcomer.

He’s also being thrust into a role that was expected to be filled by Omar Ugarte, but he is sidelined by a sore shoulder.

In addition to evaluating his prominent pitchers, Cador said he wants to see how his hitters compete against the Bears pitchers.

“I just want to see how we approach the game with two strikes,” Cador said. “I want to see how we battle with two strikes. We didn’t do well with that last year. I want to see them foul off tough pitches to buy another pitch and just battle.”

BRCC has a head-start on the Jaguars, having played eight games already. The Bears are 3-4-1.

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