Southern University’s pitching staff recorded eight shutout innings as the Jaguars delivered an impressive 6–1 win over Alcorn State in Head Coach Kerrick Jackson’s Baton Rouge debut Tuesday night at Pete Goldsby Field.
The Jaguars notched their third win of 2018 with all three wins coming against Southwestern Athletic Conference foes.
Led by starter Markaylon Boyd, who pitched six complete innings and struck out five Alcorn batters, Southern's pitching staff combined to scatter five hits and held the Braves scoreless in eight innings. Despite committing two errors, the defensive by Boyd and company held their own stranding six runners and turning two double plays.
After a scoreless first, Southern scored the nights first run on Franky Montesino's RBI single through the right side to Tyler LaPorte.
The Braves responded in the top of the third when shortstop Brendly Marina blasted a two out, solo shot to left centerfield to tie game at 1.
Southern would seize control of the game in the bottom half of the third after John Pope, Zavier Moore and Bobby Johnson all singled to setup Michael Wright's RBI that scored Pope sparking five unanswered runs over the next three innings.
Over the last three outings, Southern has produced double digit hits and combined for 37 total hits. On Tuesday against Alcorn, five Jaguars - Franky Montesino, Zavier Moore, Michael Wright, Tyler LaPorte and Rashad Raine - recorded two hits in the 5-run win.
Southern opens SWAC play with a three game series on the road at Arkansas-Pine Bluff Friday night at 6 p.m. before returning to the capitol city and making the 15-minute drive to Alex Box Stadium to face LSU Tuesday, March 6.