The Arkansas-Pine Bluff baseball team got just enough clutch hits in the first game against Southern, but could not manage to come through in the second game.

The Arkansas-Pine Bluff baseball team got just enough clutch hits in the first game against Southern, but could not manage to come through in the second game.

The Golden Lions split a doubleheader with Southern on Saturday at Torii Hunter Baseball Complex. UAPB won the first game 2-0 before falling 5-2.

The Golden Lions (4-23-1, 3-8 SWAC) were able to get on the board in the fourth inning of the first game. Tyler Hill got on base with a hit and later came around to scored on Jacob Whitney’s RBI double.

In the seventh inning, UAPB added another run as Cody DeMera was hit by a pitch. He later scored on a wild pitch for the 2-0 lead.

That was all the Lions would need as Jordan Sechler and four relief pitchers combined to throw the shutout. Sechler went five innings and gave up three hits, walked four and struck out one batter.

UAPB coach Carlos James said Sechler threw a great game on Saturday.

“He’s thrown well and I think he works extremely hard,” he said. “It’s beginning to pay off for him and I am excited to see him have a good start and leave with the lead.”

Elliot Jackson, Stanten Jones, Michael Newby and Brett Schweiger all came out of the bullpen. Schweiger got the save and Jones and Newby just threw to one batter.

The loss added to what Southern coach Roger Cador called a rough year in conference play for the Jaguars (13-13, 5-6).

“We find a way not to play very well,” he said. “Teams in the league are playing us more competitive because we are not as talented as we usually are.”

The Lions had a chance to get on the board early in the second game. Sean Samsa led off the first with a double and was sacrificed to third base, but Christian Weeber and Soloman Williams struck out to end the inning.

UAPB had the leadoff batter on in every inning in the first six frames, but did not score any runs. The Lions left a total of 10 runners on base, including eight in scoring position.

“It was huge and we didn’t execute,” James said. “Obviously we are not there yet with establishing the attitude with what their job is if we move that runner over and get them to third base with less than two outs.”

Southern pitcher Jose DeLeon started the game and went the first 8 2/3 innings. He struck out eight batter, gave up just three hits and two runs, both in the eighth inning.

“He was really throwing the ball really good and he gave us a chance to go deep in the game,” Cador said. “We let him go 115 pitches, which was about the most he has throw this year.”

Southern scored three runs in the third inning off Schweiger, who started the game. With two outs, Marrero Wilmy and Cameron McGriff had back-to-back hits and Brian Rowry walked. Clint Oorso then drove in all three with a double off the left field wall, which James said was a pitch that should have never been thrown.

“I had to get onto Brett because he was not pitching to the scouting report,” he said. “He shook the pitch and he threw a pitch that he though was better than what the scouting report said and it got lined off the wall.”

Southern added two more runs in the eighth for a 5-0 lead. Hill drove in a run in the eighth for UAPB and Weeber scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to three.

The Lions had a chance in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded and two outs, but Weeber struck out swinging to end the game.