Southern scored 12 runs in the first three innings to cruise to an easy 18-3 win at New Orleans on Tuesday evening at Maestri Field.
Brad McDavid and James Armstrong combined for eight hits and 12 RBIs, as the Jaguars (11-7) won for the eighth time in their last nine games.
McDavid had six RBIs in the first three innings and went 4-for-6 with three runs scored. Armstrong hit a three-run home run in the opening inning and finished 4-for-6 with six RBIs.
The duo paced a 19-hit attack for SU, which scored five runs in the first and never looked back.
“We’ve really gotten in a groove the last couple of weeks,” said Jaguar head coach Roger Cador. “We’re doing the little things that score runs. We’re hitting the ball up the middle, going to right field.
“It’s good to see us getting positive results off of that, because the guys will believe in what we’re telling them.”
Lost in the offensive mix was a strong performance by SU junior left-hander Chase Richard (2-1). The Louisiana-Lafayette transfer tossed seven solid innings, allowed just two runs (one earned) and struck out five.
John Pivach (0-1) got the loss for UNO (7-14) after allowing seven runs in 1 1/3 innings. The Privateers fell to 0-5 in midweek games.
“Unfortunately, when you have a young ball club, they have a tendency to get really high when things are good and really low when they’re not,” said UNO head coach Tom Walter, whose team took two out of three at South Alabama last weekend.
“We got down when we fell behind early and that made it harder to get back into it.”
SU put the game away early. The Jaguars got back-to-back walks in the first inning to start it, and Frazier Hall (3-for-6) got SU on the board with an RBI single to right field.
McDavid then followed with an opposite-field home run to right to make it 4-0, and the Jaguars made it 5-0 on an RBI ground out by Juan Mujica.
After UNO answered with a single run in the bottom of the inning, SU scored four in the second – highlighted by an RBI double from McDavid and a three-run home run from Armstrong.
“When guys like (McDavid) and (Armstrong) come up there with guys on base, it makes them very hard to pitch against,” Cador said. “It makes their pitcher have to throw strikes, and they did a good job all night of getting big hits for us.”
Rodarrick Jones went 2-for-4 with two runs scored to pace an eight-hit night for UNO. Designated hitter Alan Harris also added two hits.