STARKVILLE, Miss. — Southern University baseball’s magical 2019 campaign came to a bittersweet end as the Jaguars fell to the University of Miami 12-2 in Saturday’s elimination game in the Starkville Regional at Dudy Noble Field.
Senior centerfielder Javeyan Williams led the Jaguars at the plate with three hits and scored one run. For the four-year letterman who earned All-SWAC first team and All Tournament team honors in his final season, Williams punctuated his career with a stellar performance in the Starkville Regional, going 6 for 6 against two Power 5 conference juggernauts.
“This year, he just took off for us. He was able to buy into the things we were asking him to do and make those adjustments,” Head Coach Kerrick said.
“Hopefully, he gets the chance, and he should to play after this. This is not the last you will hear from him.”
Southern found themselves fighting a monumental task right out the gate after the Hurricanes stormed out the gate with a 4-spot in the first inning against pitching ace Eli Finney.
Finney opened the game with two quick outs but Miami, who suffered a stunning 6-5 loss to Central Michigan late Friday, flipped the switch and scored four runs.
With starter Evan McKendry cruising through the Jaguars lineup, Miami, who pounded out 13 hits and stranded 13 base runners, added eight runs in the fifth to put the game out of reach.
Southern continued to battle and scratched across two runs in the bottom of the ninth to avoid the shutout.
The lopsided loss to the Hurricanes ends the season for the Jaguars but will do little to damper the spirits of those close to the program. A year after posting only nine wins, Southern, who was selected to finish last in the SWAC West, won 32 games, upset crosstown rival LSU at Lee-Hines Field and claimed the program’s first conference title in a decade.