BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Jackson State freshman Jesus Santana hit a three-run home run to cap a four-run eighth inning rally, and the Tigers ended Southern's seven-game win streak, 12-9, at Lee Hines Field Tuesday night.
Southern (10-16) used closer Rafael Diaz in a starter's role and raced out to a 6-1 lead going to the fifth inning. Sergio Torres had the big blow early for the Jags with a bases-loaded three-run double in the bottom of the second.
Jackson State (21-11) rallied for five runs in the fifth to knot the score 6-6, capping the rally with a two-run single from Melvin Rodriguez. The teams traded runs in the sixth and went to the eighth inning tied 7-7. JSU, which ranks second in the NCAA averaging 8.7 runs per game, got a run-scoring single from senior catcher Jovany Felipe and Santana's homer to grab an 11-7 advantage in the eighth.
Marcus Tomlin came through with a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth, and the Jags had the potential winning run at the plate with two men in scoring position when Gavin Webster struck out to end the Jaguars' threat. Jackson State added a run in the ninth to close out the scoring.
Southern had not dropped a game since March 24, when the Jags lost to the Tigers in Jackson 11-5. Next up on the schedule is a rescheduled game with UL-Lafayette Wednesday night at Lee Hines Field, which was originally supposed to be played March 11.