Southern University Baseball scored six runs in the seventh inning before Tristian Rojas delivered some timely late-game heroics in the Jaguars 9-8 win over Texas Southern Friday night at Lee-Hines Field.
After centerfielder Jayvean Williams lead the ninth inning with a walk and a stolen base, Rojas peppered a 1-0 fastball through Texas Southern second baseman Victor Cruz's hands and rolled into the outfield as Williams rounded third and dove, face first with arms extended towards home plate.
The run set off a robust on-field celebration in first-year head coach Kerrick Jackson's debut win at historic Lee-Hines Field. Southern hosted Alcorn State on Feb. 27 at Pete Goldsby in Baton Rouge while facility modifications were conducted at the Jaguars home field.
The Jaguars fell into an early 6-0 hole after three innings before scoring two runs in the fourth. Texas Southern plated two more runs in the fourth and appeared to be on their way to an easy road win.
Then Southern's bats revived the Jaguars chances of reaching .500 in league play in the seventh.
Despite rain in Saturday's forecast, Southern and Texas Southern will return for Game 2 of the weekend series at 2 p.m.