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GRAMBLING — Southern pounded out 11 hits and took advantage of eight Grambling errors as they salvaged the second game of a SWAC doubleheader with a 13-2 win.
In the first game, Marshawn Taylor singled home Khaalis King with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th as Grambling finished off a wild 19-18 win.
The teams started scoring early, each had five runs in the first inning, and never stopped. Southern (5-12, 2-5) scored three runs in the fourth, but still trailed 10-8.
Grambling (12-8, 6-2) scored twice in the sixth, and led 12-10 through seven innings. Southern put up four runs each in the eighth and ninth innings, and led 18-16 before Rafael Ramirez III sent the game to extra innings with a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.
Southern went down in order in the top of the 10th. In the bottom of the inning, Grambling sandwiched two walks around a ground out before Taylor’s game-winning hit through the right side.
Ramirez led Grambling with five RBIs while D’Quan Matthews and Trevin Bolden each had three.
Tyler LaPorte, Jacob Juge and Ashanti Wheatley all had four RBIs for Southern.
In the second game, Southern continued its torrid pace with 13 runs on 11 hits while taking advantage of eight Grambling errors.
The Jaguars trailed 1-0, but took the lead with five runs on four hits in the third inning. LaPorte, Juge and William Nelson all had RBI hits in the inning.
Southern’s Daniel Franklin started, and went 62⁄3 innings to get the win.
Franklin gave up eight hits but only two runs.
Grambling’s Anthony Hernandez was charged with 10 runs, only one earned, on 10 hits in 52⁄3 innings.
For the day, Southern scored 31 runs on 28 hits.