Southern baseball sweeps Prairie View A&M with 8-7 win
PRAIRIE VIEW, TX - The Prairie View A&M Panthers ceded the first eight runs of the game to Southern and then scored seven runs of its own Saturday - including six in the last two innings - before falling 8-7 to the Jaguars.
Trailing 8-5 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Panthers loaded the bases with one out for Joe Mack (pictured), who knocked a two-run single that scored Walter Wells and Carson Lee. Mack's hit also put Grant Dougherty in scoring position.
But before momentum could swing any further in the Panthers' direction, Southern relief pitcher Rafeal Diaz induced Connor Wrye into an inning-ending 3-6-3 double play. Wrye hit a sharp ball that was inches away from scoring the tying run, and then barely missed keeping the inning alive on a bang-bang play at first base.
The win gave Southern (9-15) a sweep of the weekend series. The Jaguars improved to 8-6 in Southwestern Athletic Conference divisional play.
Tyler Robinson picked up the win for the Jaguars, throwing seven and two-thirds innings while scattering seven hits and allowing only two earned runs. He was replaced by Diaz after Prairie View A&M scored four runs with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning; the Panthers were aided by two Southern errors.
Edward Robledo absorbed the loss for the Panthers (8-22, 4-10 SWAC West), pitching four innings and giving up eight runs.
Mack, who moved from the outfield to the pitcher's mound in time for the fifth inning, ended up leading both ends of PVAMU's comeback effort. He prevented any further damage by the Jaguars as he pitched five innings of no-hit relief, striking out two and walking only one.
At the plate, Mack went 2-for-5 with three RBIs. He also knocked home the first of four Prairie View A&M runs in the eighth inning.
Over the past five games at the plate, Mack has raised his batting average from .140 to .197. On the mound, his sterling effort Saturday lowered his ERA more than two full runs per game to 4.70.
Dougherty and Kevin Macias collected two hits apiece in the game for the Panthers. Macias and Jordan Jeanlouis also knocked home one RBI each.
Southern first baseman Sergio Torres led the Jaguars with two RBIs, which picked up with one swing of the bat in the second inning.