NEW ORLEANS -- Southern University allowed five runs in the first inning before holding the New Orleans Privateers to one run over the final eight innings in a 6-2 loss at Maestri Field Tuesday night.
SU starters Daniel Franklin struggled out of the gate allowing five runs on five hits with two outs in the first. Jacob Snyder entered the game to spell Franklin and lasted 2 1/3 innings but prevented UNO from adding to its lead.
After Snyder halted the Privateers momentum, the Jaguars bullpen platooned to only allow one run giving the SU bats ample time to land another come-from-behind win.
Senior John Pope rebounded from a disappointing effort against Texas Southern to go 2-for-5 with a run scored. Left fielder Michael Wright matched Pope with a 2-for-5 night of his own. Catcher Bobby Johnson and reserve Courtland Simoneaux each add an RBI.
But Southern squandered scoring opportunities, stranding 10 runners in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth inning.
Trailing 6-0 in the fifth, Tyler LaPorte walked and Bobby Johnson was hit by the pitch before Franky Montesino and Simoneaux struck out. In the sixth, Southern rallied after two quick outs when Wright and Pope singled before the inning concluded after Zavier Moore flied out to right field.
UNO escaped jams in the seventh and eighth with Southern loading the bases in each before strikeouts closed the door on the Jaguars comeback attempt.
First-year head coach Kerrick Jackson leads the Jaguars to face Grambling State for a three-game SWAC series which begins Friday. Southern enters the weekend series with a 2-3 conference record.
Southern captured its first win of the season in a dramatic 8-7 extra-inning win the Andre Dawson Classic in New Orleans on opening day.