Southern University baseball accomplished a feat during Friday's doubleheader which the program had not experienced since May 2017.
With a pair of convincing wins (16-4; 9-4) over Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Lee-Hines Field, Southern, in head coach Kerrick Jackson's second season, won a Southwestern Athletic Conference series and is off to a 2-0 start in league play. The wins mark the first SWAC series win for the Jaguars since defeating UAPB 2 out of 3 games during former SU baseball coach Roger Cador's final season.
On Saturday, Southern will attempt to secure the program's first SWAC series sweep since the Jaguars ousted Texas Southern in April 2017. First pitch for the Southern-UAPB series finale is set for 1 p.m.
Centerfielder Javeyan Williams led SU with a virtuoso performance, collecting six hits in eight at bats and driving in four runs in the wins. Williams also scored five times as Southern combined to record 25 runs and 27 hits on the day. Tyler LaPorte and Coby Taylor each hit homers in Game One, while Hampton Hudson provided the fireworks in Game Two with a 2-run blast to record his first homerun of the season.
The Jaguars defense was far from shabby limiting UAPB to eight runs over two games and turning four double plays, including three in Game Two. Jacob Snyder and Jerome Bohannon both picked up wins on the mound for the Jaguars.
Southern, which stands one win shy of matching their win total from the 2018 season, will try for the series sweep over UAPB Saturday before returning to the road for a midweek matchup with ULM in Monroe on Tuesday, March 12.