Ailing Southern baseball plays three against Nicholls State this weekend

Ailing Southern baseball plays three against Nicholls State this weekend
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Southern baseball coach Chris Crenshaw is still juggling players, and a growing injury list, as the Jaguars play a two-for-one series this weekend against Nicholls State.

Southern will play at Ray Didier Field in Thibodaux Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. and return home to play the Colonels on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Lee Hines Stadium.

The Jaguars (3-4) are coming off a 13-6 win against Dillard on Tuesday but could be without outfielders Tyeler Hawkins (foot) and Logan Sanders (hamstring) this weekend. Southern has been without Ryan Ollison for the past week because of a knee injury.

“Ollison might try to give it a go this weekend,” Crenshaw said. “We’ve got to get those guys healthy. (Southwestern Athletic) Conference starts in two weeks.

We’re moving in the right direction. We just have to put some games together, back-to-back, to be a championship team. The more consistent the lineup is, the more consistent we will be. Not having guys wondering if they are going to play or not as guys start to fall into roles and understand what they need to do to help us as a team.”

Hawkins hit one of two Southern home runs Tuesday while Khyle Radcliffe had four hits to raise his season batting average to .333. He and Hawkins are tied for the team lead in RBI with five. Dominic Joseph also hit a two-run home run for Southern.

Crenshaw said the pitching rotation will remain intact with Ranard Grace (2-0), Antoine Harris (0-1) and Drew Lasseigne (0-1) getting the nod for the third consecutive week. Grace has a 3.27 earned run average.

Crenshaw said the defense has shown improvement after a spate of costly errors the first two weeks.

“The defense was better on Tuesday,” Crenshaw said. “We’ll play on turf and that will give our guys a chance to make some plays, then we’ll be back at home.”

Nicholls State (8-1) has won five consecutive games since its only loss, a 3-2 decision at Tulane.

Outfielder Garrett Felix (.433), designated hitter Aaron Biediger (387 and first baseman Edgar Alvarez (.370) are the Colonels’ top three hitters. Felix leads the Colonels with 10 RBI while Alvarez has two homers and nine RBI. The Colonels are batting .325 as a team with 11 homers and stolen 27 bases in 32 attempts.

The Colonels top pitchers are, Dylan Farley (1-0, 2.45 ERA), who has 11 strikeouts in 11 innings and Devin Desandro, who has pitched three games in relief and leads the team with a 0.82 ERA and is 2-1.”

BOXTOROW on the air in BR

The BOXTOROW radio covering HBCU sports is airing for the first time in Baton Rouge on KBRS (106.9 FM) and KKAY (1590 AM) at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. The first show was Feb. 24.

The show, hosted by radio veteran Donal Ware, airs in 30 plus radio markets around the country, including New Orleans on WAMF (90.3 FM), on Satellite Radio and SiriusXM College Sports Radio channel 84 and HBCU Channel 142.

“We are ecstatic to bring BOXTOROW to Baton Rouge, finally,” Ware said. “Baton Rouge is a great sports town and in particular with Southern University and its fan base, this is where we’ve wanted to be for quite some time. And with other HBCU fan bases and sports fans here, this is an important market for us nationally. We would like to thank KKAY and KBRS for carrying BOXTOROW.”

The guest list has included tennis superstar Serena Williams, NBA superstar Kevin Durant and Kentucky coach John Calipari. BOXTOROW also annually selects HBCU All-America teams and conducts weekly polls in football and men’s and women’s basketball.

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