Saturday, May 21, 2016

Southern’s comeback train finally halted as Alabama State eliminates Jaguars from SWAC baseball tournament

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana -- Southern slowed Alabama State’s Southwestern Athletic Conference train, but the Jaguars couldn’t stop it.

Unlike it’s earlier SWAC tournament elimination game Friday against Alcorn State, there would be no late-game heroics resulting in victory.

Alabama State surged ahead of Southern in the third inning then held off the Jaguars 9-7 at Wesley Barrow Stadium, putting the Hornets in Sunday’s championhip game against Texas Southern.

However, it was a far cry from Alabama State’s 27-9 drubbing of Southern on Thursday, the tournament’s second day.

“I told them I’ve had some great teams at Southern, but I’m very pround of them,” said Jaguars coach Roger Cador, who started six freshmen in the game. “We battled. But we made early mistakes that cost us, and they had better pitching (than Alcorn State). That made it harder to come back against them.

“But we have 18 freshmen, so next year could be interesting.”


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