BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Southern Jaguar seniors said goodbye to Lee-Hines Field Wednesday in style, beating a Southeastern Lions squad that entered the evening 23 games over .500.
Southern scored four unearned runs in the third on a pair of Lion errors and that was all the run support Jaguars pitching ace Santos Saldivar would need in his complete game masterpiece.
"The plan was to only go five, but after those five innings, and we were up 4-0, they were all looking at me, are you going? Are you going? I couldn't say no. I had to keep going." Saldivar said after the game.
Saldivar (4-6) threw 148 pitches and gave up only six hits, one run and struck out 13 Lion batters.
"This was as good as a pitching performance I've had in 30 years, and he did it against a very good team," head coach Roger Cador said. "And he pretty much told me, you're not going to take me out."
Southern (17-22) added another run in the eighth inning on their way to a 5-1 victory.
Wednesday's win, along with the sweep of Grambling State over the weekend, means the Jaguars take a four-game win streak into next week's SWAC Tournament.
Southeastern returns to Southland Conference play Friday at 6 p.m. against Central Arkansas in the opener of a three-game series at Pat Kenelly Diamond at Alumni Field.