Golden Lions first up for Jags in SWAC Tournament

Golden Lions first up for Jags in SWAC Tournament
Southern third baseman Tyler LaPorte (Source: Josh Auzenne)

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WAFB) - The SWAC West champion Southern Jaguars will face Arkansas-Pine Bluff Wednesday in the first round of the conference tournament.

Southern (28-21, 17-6) is 5-0 against UAPB (8-40, 3-19) this season.

Previous matchups:

  • March 8: SU 16, UAPB 4
  • March 9: SU 9, UAPB 4
  • March 10: SU 16, UAPB 13
  • April 12: SU 10, UAPB 4
  • April 12: SU 21, UAPB 2 (7)

Southern offense: .310 batting average with 90 doubles, 20 triples, and 30 home runs

Leading hitters:

  • Hunter David: .388 batting average, 6 doubles, 2 home runs, and 32 RBI
  • Tyler LaPorte: .384 batting average, 16 doubles, 3 triples, 5 home runs, and 55 RBI
  • Javeyan Williams: .376 batting average, 7 doubles, 7 triples, 4 home runs, and 37 RBI
  • Johnny Johnson: .338 batting average, 7 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, and 27 RBI

UAPB offense: .257 batting average with 69 doubles, 10 triples, and 30 home runs

Leading hitters:

  • Nick Kreutze: .347 batting average, 15 doubles, 11 home runs, and 51 RBI
  • Sergio Espar: .313 batting average, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, and 11 RBI
  • Jarcifur Par: .273 batting average, 6 doubles, and 17 RBI

Southern and Alabama State earned No. 1 seeds for the tournament that runs from May 15-19 at Wesley Barrow Stadium in New Orleans.

East Division seeding:

  1. Alabama State
  2. Jackson State
  3. Alcorn State
  4. UAPB

West Division seeding:

  1. Southern
  2. Grambling State
  3. Texas Southern
  4. Prairie View

Day 1 schedule:

  • Grambling State vs. Alcorn State (9 a.m.)
  • Jackson State vs. Texas Southern (12 p.m.)
  • Alabama State vs. Prairie View A&M (3 p.m.)
  • Southern vs. UAPB (6 p.m.)

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