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Jaguars practice rained out

The weather gave the Southern football team a break Sunday afternoon.

The Jaguars practiced five times from Wednesday through Friday, then went through a two-hour scrimmage in challenging heat and humidity Saturday morning. That concluded the most intense stretch of preseason camp so far.

But rain pounded away on the Southern practice field Sunday, leading coach Dawson Odums to call off the workout scheduled for 4:45 p.m. The team met to review film of the scrimmage.

The Seymour Gymnasium, where the Jaguars conducted their first practice of camp while rain fell on the practice field, was unavailable Sunday because it’s being used for fall registration, which begins Monday.

Southern is scheduled to return to the practice field Monday for its second-to-last two-a-days of camp.



Jaguars begin two-a-days

The Southern football team began its first two-practice day with a two-hour workout on the Jaguars practice field Wednesday morning.

Defensive back Dionte McDuffy took a knee to the helmet late in the practice and was checked by the medical staff. His status for the afternoon workout is unknown as is that of wide receiver Justin Morgan, who aggravated a twisted left ankle.

Wide receivers Randall Menard (foot) and Willie Quinn (jaw) and defensive back D’Andre Woodland (hamstring) also missed practice.

Nose tackle Jaylen Jordan (car accident) and offensive lineman Neako Jones (personal matter) were late arrivals to camp and are awaiting medical clearance to begin practicing .

Running back Dakota Starks, who took a blow to the head in Sunday’s practice, returned. Also returning were defensive back Kevin King and linebacker Javon Allen, both of whom had been held out after losing too much weight in the early days of camp.

The Jaguars will return to the practice field at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.



Rashaun Allen signs with Seahawks

Former Southern tight end Rashaun Allen signed with the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks after a tryout during a rookie mini-camp last week.

Allen, 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, was seldom-used in the Jaguars passing game, catching nine passes for 53 yards and no touchdowns as Southern won the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship last season. But the Cleveland native caught the eye of the Seahawks during Southern’s Pro Day.

SWAC honors 3 Southern baseball players

It wasn’t a very good season for the Southern baseball team, but three Jaguars were honored by the Southwestern Athletic Conference on Tuesday for their individual seasons.

Outfielder D.J. Wallace, who led the SWAC with nine home runs and was second in slugging percentage (.577), was named first-team all conference. Starting pitcher Santos Saldivar and catcher Jose De la Torre were named to the second team.

Saldivar was 3-0 and led the league with a 2.06 earned run average. He did not allow a home run and had 49 strikeouts and 23 walks in 56.2 innings.

De la Torre batted ,330 with five homers and 22 runs batted in and finished fourth with a .539 slugging percentage.

The Jaguars did not qualify for the SWAC tournament after finishing last in the West Division with a 6-16 league record and a 10-26 overall mark.

East Division champion Alabama State had three players that won individual awards.

Shortstop Emmanuel Marrero was named Player of the Year, Joseph Camacho earned Pitcher of the Year, and Mervyl Melendez was voted Coach of the Year.

Alabama A&M outfielder Andrew Utterback was named Hitter of the Year, Jackson State first baseman Tilur Smith was Newcomer of the Year and Prairie View A&M outfielder Cody Den Beste was Freshman of the Year.

The awards and All-SWAC team selections were voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information contacts.


Softball team eliminated from SWAC tourney

DECATUR, Ala. – Southern’s softball season came to an end when the Jaguars were run ruled by JacksonState, losing 14-3 in 4½ innings in the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament Wednesday night.

After staving off elimination with a 12-7, eight-inning victory against Grambling earlier in the day, Southern grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second inning against JacksonState. But the Tigers scored seven in the bottom of the second and six in the third to seize control.

The Jaguars, appearing in the tournament for the first time in three seasons, finished 11-36. JacksonState (28-28) advanced to a semifinal game Friday against MississippiValleyState, which beat the Tigers 8-7 in a winners’ bracket game Thursday afternoon.

Carla Arismendi and Danielle Jackson homered in a five-run eighth inning in Southern’s victory against Grambling.

Alicia Barajas led off the top of the eighth with a single and Arismendi followed with a two-run homer. Macy Maurer walked, Desiree Dawson singled and Jackson followed with a three-run homer.

Asimendi and Dawson each had three of the Jaguars’ 16 hits. Kayliegh Thomas (7-18) went the distance for Southern, allowing 10 hits and four walks, striking out five.



OF Wesley named All-SWAC

Southern freshman outfielder Sydney Wesley was named to the All-Southwestern Athletic Conference softball team Tuesday.

Wesley, who’s from Fishers, Ind., batted .a team-high .373 with 12 stolen bases. She batted .491 and had nine of her stolen bases in conference games.

The Jaguars begin play in the SWAC tournament against Mississippi Valley State at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Decatur, Ala.

Grambling in SWAC tourney after beating Southern

Grambling clinched a spot in the Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball tournament when it defeated Southern 6-3 in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Lee-Hines Field.

The Tigers (12-26 and 10-12 in the SWAC) can do no worse than tie the Jaguars (7-23, 3-14) for fourth and they have clinched the head-to-head series by winning the first four games with two remaining.

Southern is still mathematically alive for the SWAC tournament because it can catch Prairie View (8-9), which it visits next weekend. The Panthers hosted Texas Southern in a doubleheader Saturday afternoon.

Grambling broke a 3-3 tie with three runs in the eighth against reliever Conner Baumgardner. Roger Diaz and Johnathon Tineo had RBI-singles and Edwin Drexler drove in the third run with a fielder’s-choice grounder.

Southern’s Jose De La Torre’s broke a scoreless tie with a two-run single in the third.

The Tigers scored an unearned run against Jaguars starter Santos Saldivar in the sixth before B.J. Rowry’s homer in the bottom half made it 3-1.

Grambling tied the score with two runs in the seventh.

The second game of the doubleheader was scheduled to start at approximately 3:15 p.m. For in-game updates, follow @EastAdvocate on Twitter.



Baseball team hosts Nicholls State

Southern will play its final mid-week home game of the baseball season when it meets Nicholls State at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Lee-Hines Field.

The Jaguars (7-21) beat the Colonels (21-20) 5-2 on April 1 in Thibodaux.

For in-game updates, follow @EastAdvocate on Twitter.

Here are the starting lineups:

Nicholls State (21-20)

1. 2B Philip Lyons (.277 0 HR 16 RBI)

2. SS Leo Vargas (.286 1 14)

3. RF Keith Cormier (.299 2 31)

4. DH Seth Stevens (.179 0 1)

5. LF Charles Morton (.178 0 16)

6. 3B Tyler Duplantis (.232 0 22)

7. 1B David Zorn (.265 0 19)

8. C Christian Correa (.188 0 13)

9. CF Justin Holt (.196 0 6)

RH Ryan Deemes (1-2, 4.02 ERA)

Southern (7-21)

1. SS Phillip Williams (.235 0 4)

2. CF Tyler Kirksey (.275 1 6)

3. DH Jose De La Torre (.357 3 14)

4. RF D.J. Wallace (.330 8 26)

5. 1B B.J. Rowry (.333 1 15)

6. 3B Harley Wiltz (.148 0 2)

7. LF Gavin Webster (.224 1 4)

8. 2B Marcus Tomlin (.143 0 10)

9. C Sam May (.235 0 2)

RH Ryan Flynn (0-3, 6.62)