BATON ROUGE, La. – The Jackson State baseball team’s run for the 2008 Southwestern Athletic Conference baseball crown came to an end Sunday afternoon, as the Tigers fell 9-2 to Texas Southern at Lee-Hines Field on the Southern University campus.

With the loss JSU falls to a 37-22 overall record and Texas Southern improves to 15-32.

Texas Southern allowed only two JSU runs on eight hits, while recording 10 strikeouts. JSU gave up its nine runs on 11 hits.

The game was scoreless through four innings. In the fifth inning the Texas Southern Tigers put five runs on the scoreboard and two more in the sixth inning. Texas Southern added another insurance run in the eighth.

Jackson State’s runs all came in the eighth inning, with Braneric HOLMES and Cortez COLE scoring for the Tigers.

Derrick JOHNSON led JSU’s offensive attack with two hits. Cole had a hit, run and RBI. Jordan Bush led Texas Southern with two hits and four RBI.

Nicholas STEWART suffered the loss for JSU. In 4.1 innings of work he gave up four runs on four hits, while recording a strikeout. Rashad Ford picked up the win, going nine innings and giving up two runs on eight hits.

Texas Southern will face the winner of the Prairie View A&M and Southern game Monday in the SWAC title game.


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