HOUSTON — Southern University baseball built an 8-0 cushion before withstanding a furious rally in the ninth inning to hang on to a 8-7 series clinching win over Texas Southern Sunday afternoon at MacGregor Park.

Starter Jacob Snyder picked up the win for the Jaguars pitching  six scoreless innings, striking out four batters and allowing four hits. Reliever Markaylon Boyd entered in the seventh to blank Texas Southern for two innings and placed Southern three outs away from a their second shutout win of the series.

In the ninth, Southern committed three errors and the Tigers scored seven runs before closer Connor Whalen struck out the final batter to close the door on the rally and pick up his fifth save of the season 

After both teams combined to score two runs in the first two games, Sunday’s matinee started out much differently Southern.

Tyler LaPorte opened Game 3 with a lead off single then advanced to third on back-to-back wild pitches before Coby Taylor drove him home with a two-run homerun. Johnny Johnson singled and Malik Blaise’s RBI double score Johnson before Willie Ward wrapped up a four-run inning with a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Blaise.

Southern added one run in the third and fourth before Hampton Hudson’s double in the fifth sparked another Jaguar run and led to two runs to extend the lead to 8-0.

The Jaguars will make a return trip to Texas on Tuesday for a mid-week contest at Lamar University in Beaumont. First pitch is slated for 6 p.m.

Southern returns to SWAC play this weekend to face Grambling State in the Baseball Reunion series starting Friday, March 22.