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Southern visits Arkansas-Pine Bluff looking to clinch berth in SWAC tournament

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern starting pitcher Daniel Franklin throws a pitch  against Texas Southern on Saturday at Lee Hines Field.

Southern coach Roger Cador said he couldn’t find anything good in the Jaguars’ 23-3, mercy-rule loss to UNO on Tuesday night. But he wasn’t concerned about any lingering effects, either. “They’re not going to worry about that shellacking,” Cador said of the Jaguars. “They’ll move on to another adventure.” The next adventure is the continuing quest to clinch… Continue reading →

LSU softball team on a roll as it heads to Arkansas

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Head coach Beth Torina waves LSU catcher Kellsi Kloss (77) in to home plate on her way to score in the first inning during LSU's opening night game against Ohio State, Friday, February 12, 2016, at LSU's Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, La.

The LSU softball team hasn’t always played up to its preseason No. 3 national ranking. The Tigers have mostly been in the bottom half of the Southeastern Conference, which features more teams ranked in the top 18 (nine) than not (four). But coach Beth Torina and the players have said since the preseason polls were announced that the… Continue reading →

UNO batters Southern again to claim 23-3 mercy-rule victory

UNO’s hitters battered Southern’s pitchers for the second time this season. And the second beating was worse than the first. The Privateers had a season-high 25 hits and scored in five consecutive innings, including six-run, five-run and seven-run rallies on their way to a 23-3 victory against the Jaguars on Tuesday night at Lee-Hines Field.… Continue reading →

UNO and Southern clash Tuesday night at Lee-Hines Field

For both the Southern and UNO baseball teams, their most recent conference series was their best of the season. They’ll take a break from the stretch run in conference play to take the measure of each other at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Lee-Hines Field. The Privateers (24-15) are coming off their first three-game Southland sweep since joining the… Continue reading →

Southern looks ahead while other SWAC teams reflect on spring practice

Nine of the 10 Southwestern Athletic Conference football coaches on a teleconference with the media Monday morning summarized their recently completed spring practices. The league’s three new coaches — former LSU assistant Michael Haywood (Texas Southern), Fred McNair (Alcorn State) and Tony Hughes (Jackson State) — talked about their impressions of the talent they inherited and… Continue reading →

Southern rallies to stun No. 23 South Alabama in Mobile

MOBILE, Ala. — Southern coach Roger Cador has been slow to call on his bullpen this season, a unit that for the most part has been unreliable. Friday night, he had no choice. The Jaguars relievers responded with seven quality innings, and it was enough to give Southern a chance to rally in the… Continue reading →

Southern, South Carolina State to clash in 2017 MEAC/SWAC Challenge season opener at Mumford Stadium

Southern will open the 2017 football season by hosting South Carolina State in the MEAC/SWAC Challenge at A.W. Mumford Stadium. For the past 11 seasons, two historically black colleges and universities — one from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and one from the Southwestern Athletic Conference — have met on the opening weekend of the college football season. In… Continue reading →

Southern baseball tries to build momentum at South Alabama

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern pitcher Bryan Melendez throws a pitch against Texas Southern as relief pitcher on Sunday at Lee Hines Field.

Southern just completed its best stretch in Southwestern Athletic Conference play, and now it’s in the midst of an elongated stretch against nonconference opposition for this late in the season. The Jaguars, who hadn’t won any of their first five SWAC series, swept three games from Prairie View last weekend at Lee-Hines Field. That put them two games… Continue reading →

NCAA slams Southern with sanctions; no postseason for football, baseball, 9 others in 2016-17

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern University players on the field before kickoff against Jackson State, Saturday, September 19, 2015, at Southern University's AW Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Southern University is back on NCAA probation. Less than a year after all its athletic programs were reinstated from a two-year postseason ban, every program except men’s basketball and tennis faces a postseason ban for the 2016-17 academic year as part of academic-related sanctions released by the NCAA on Wednesday. A total of 11 programs — including football,… Continue reading →

Southern lands first basketball signee in Shreveport’s Josh ‘Frog’ Robinson

The Southern men’s basketball team signed its first recruit of the spring signing period Tuesday, landing Shreveport native Josh “Frog” Robinson. Robinson, a 6-foot-5 guard, averaged 11.1 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists last season at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas. He is the all-time winningest player in Trinity Valley history after participating in 62… Continue reading →

Former Catholic High pitcher Dylan Gregoire back on the mound for Loyola after overcoming third major injury

Photo provided by Loyola University New Orleans -- Loyola pitcher Dylan Gregoire returns to Baton Rouge, where he helped lead Catholic to the state title in 2010.

The nonconference baseball game between Southern and Loyola on Tuesday night doesn’t have much meaning in the standings. The Jaguars are 11-21, the Wolf Pack is 19-28, and the outcome won’t affect either team’s primary goal, which is to hang on to the final berth in their respective conferences’ tournaments next month.… Continue reading →

John Pope enters late, barely avoids an early exit and then powers Southern baseball to a comeback win and a series sweep over Prairie View

Apparently John Pope was meant to be a hero for the Southern baseball team in its 13-9 victory over Prairie View on Sunday. He wasn’t in the lineup to start the finale of a three-game series at Lee-Hines Field, but circumstances conspired to put him center stage, and he responded. First, coach… Continue reading →

Southern hitters show patience and aggression in routing Prairie View 16-5

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Robinson Mateo beats the throw to third base as Prairie View's Josh Wells attempts the tag Saturday at Lee Hines field.

The Southern baseball team began the weekend by riding the pitching of Daniel Franklin to a victory over Prairie View. On Saturday, the Jaguars hitters led the way in a 16-5 blowout of the Panthers at Lee-Hines Field that was shortened to 6½ innings because of the Southwestern Athletic Conference mercy rule. Despite the smaller timeframe, Southern scored… Continue reading →

Southern ends 9-game losing streak as Daniel Franklin pitches a gem

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern pitcher Daniel Franklin threw eight shutout innings as the Jaguars defeated Prairie View on Friday at Lee-Hines field.

Southern has had trouble all season finding effective relief pitching that could preserve a lead long enough for Troy Lewis to come in and close. Daniel Franklin got around the problem Friday night, pitching a two-hit shutout over eight innings before Lewis came in and finished a 4-1 victory against Prairie View at blustery Lee-Hines Field, ending the… Continue reading →

Southern, Prairie View fighting for SWAC tournament berth

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --Southern's Jose de la Torre connects for a home run against Grambling last month at Lee-Hines Field.

The outcome of this weekend’s series between Southern and Prairie View will go a long way in determining which team qualifies for the Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball tournament. The last-place team in each division fails to qualify for the tournament, which happens May 13-17 at Wesley Barrow Stadium. The Jaguars (8-21, 3-11) are last in the Western Division.… Continue reading →

Amid Southern’s nine-game skid, Roger Cador continues to tinker

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern coach Roger Cador speaks to plate umpire Jason Rosen as the Jaguars play Arkansas-Pine Bluff on March 26 at Lee-Hines Field.

Most college baseball coaches will at least casually glance at a box score following a game and keep familiar with his players’ numbers throughout the season. Southern coach Roger Cador is not most coaches. He doesn’t pay attention to any statistics. Cador is fully aware the Jaguars have done a poor job of fielding the ball this year,… Continue reading →

Les East: Remember Southern students Annette January, Lashuntae Benton -- 2 lives tragically cut short

Remember the names: Annette January and Lashuntae Benton. Both were students at Southern University — January a freshman from Gary, Indiana, who was a sprinter on the track team; Benton a sophomore from Lake Charles who was a student trainer. Sadly we’re not learning who they were and what they meant to Southern because of their abilities in… Continue reading →

Southern’s Dondrayas Harris hits for cycle in loss to Grambling

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern first baseman Mason Diaz waits on a throw back to first as Grambling's Angel Peguero steps safely back to the bag on Sunday at Lee Hines field.

There wasn’t much more Dondrayas Harris could do for the Southern baseball team on Sunday at Lee-Hines Field. Harris had one of the best days of any Jaguar in recent memory, hitting for the cycle with a 5-for-5 effort while also driving in four and scoring three times. The only problem was that it was all… Continue reading →

Grambling rallies past Southern, wins 10-8 in 10 innings

Southern had its chances to even up a weekend series with Grambling, but a lack of timely hitting late in the game was too much to overcome Saturday afternoon at Lee-Hines Field. The Jaguars left the bases loaded twice in the final three innings of regulation before Grambling pushed across a pair of unearned runs in the… Continue reading →

White Castle’s Issac O’Bear helps Grambling hand Southern 7th straight loss

Southern’s women’s basketball team was recognized for its Southwestern Athletic Conference co-championship during Friday night’s baseball game against Grambling at Lee-Hines Field. On the diamond, Grambling pitcher Issac O’Bear took control of things the way his younger sister and fellow White Castle alum Skylar did as the Jaguars point guard. Wesley Drain and Johan Mojica each… Continue reading →

Southern hopes to end six-game losing streak when it hosts Grambling

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Robinson Mateo goes airborne as he attempts to tag Texas Southern's Gerreck Jimenez after catching a high throw at second on Sunday at Lee Hines Field.

After losing its past six games, the Southern baseball team is in the midst of its worst stretch of the season. But the Jaguars aren’t discouraged, because they believe they can remedy their recent shortcomings. “I don’t think we’re playing bad baseball,” infielder Troy Lewis said. “We’ve just got to do certain little things… Continue reading →

Southern to open football season on the road against UL-Monroe and Tulane

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern coach Dawson Odums speaks with linebacker Daniel Brown on the sideline against Alabama A&M on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, at A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Southern will open the 2016 football season with two road games against in-state opponents. The Jaguars, who announced their schedule Tuesday, will provide the opposition in Matt Viator’s debut as Louisiana-Monroe coach when they visit the Warhawks on Sept. 3. It will be the first meeting between Southern and UL-Monroe and mark the third consecutive season that the… Continue reading →

Texas Southern outlasts Southern 5-3 to clinch series win

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern's Troy Lewis is tagged out at second base by Texas Southern's Horace Leblanc on Saturday at Lee Hines Field.

Southern’s Daniel Franklin and Texas Southern’s Seth Oliver engaged in a strong pitchers’ duel for six innings Saturday afternoon at Lee-Hines Field. In the end, Oliver had more staying power, and that resulted in a 5-2 Tigers victory that clinched the weekend series for them in the wake of a 13-5 win Friday night.… Continue reading →

Texas Southern rallies past Southern, wins series opener 13-5

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's J'Markus George (18) pitches against Texas Southern, Friday, April 1, 2016, Southern's Lee-Hines Field in Baton Rouge, La.

Southern’s relief pitching and defense have made it difficult for the Jaguars to hold on to leads this season. Both areas let them down again Friday night as Texas Southern scored five runs in the eighth inning to take the lead and it pulled away to beat Southern 13-5 at Lee-Hines Field. J’Markus George (3-3) got… Continue reading →

J’Markus George getting Southern off to good starts on weekends

Advocate file photo by A.J. SISCO  --  Southern left-hander J'Markus George  will start Friday's game at Auburn.

J’Markus George has done a good job of getting Southern off to good starts on the weekend. Now the next step for him is to get off to better starts in games. The junior left-hander from Atlanta will take his traditional Friday night turn when the Jaguars open a weekend series against Texas Southern at 6 p.m. at… Continue reading →

Southeastern runs winning streak to 13 by beating Southern 18-2

HAMMOND — After setting a school record by winning its previous 12 games in a row, Southeastern Louisiana didn’t figure to need much help. But Southern gave it plenty anyway. The Lions (19-6) extended their winning streak with an 18-2 victory that was stopped by the mercy rule in the middle of the seventh… Continue reading →

Ailing Southern to face red-hot Southeastern

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern coach Roger Cador speaks to plate umpire Jason Rosen as the Jaguars play Arkansas-Pine Bluff on March 26 at Lee-Hines Field.

About 50 miles of interstate separate the campuses of Southern University and Southeastern Louisiana. Second only to cross-town LSU, the Lions are the closest Division I baseball program to The Bluffs. But while the two teams may be geographically close, the status of their seasons couldn’t be further apart. The Jaguars (8-13) are only just… Continue reading →