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.