TSUSports.com: Tigers defeat Jaguars by scores of 7-5, 4-0

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    HOUSTON – The Tigers of Texas Southern University overtook first place in the Southwestern Athletic Conference's West Division with Saturday's doubleheader sweep of the Southern Jaguars.

    Aaron Solis struck out 13 batters and pitched a two-hit shutout in the night game to lead TSU to 4-0 victory. The Tigers opened the series with a 7-6 win over Southern.

    After letting a lead over the Tigers slip away in game one, the Jaguars simply had no answer for Solis in game two, as he won for the fifth time in as many conference games. The junior from League City, Texas (Wharton County Junior College), took a no-hitter into the seventh inning.

    Though he was denied the second no-hitter by a TSU pitcher this season when Tyler LaPorte led off the seventh with a single, Solis still enjoyed his finest performance in a TSU uniform to date. His 13 strikeouts were six more than his previous TSU career best, and he issued only one walk in the contest.

    Gaudencio Lucca accounted for three of the game's four RBIs in the second game, which included his eighth home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning with Kamren Dukes on base. Lucca also singled home Dukes in the bottom of the fifth.

    Olajide Oloruntimilehin gave the Tigers (15-20, 9-4 SWAC West) an insurance run in the eighth inning with an RBI single that scored Victor Cruz.

    In the opener, Dukes and Camacho each knocked three RBIs as the Tigers had to come from behind Southern scored five times in the top of the fifth to erase a 3-0 TSU lead. Dukes knocked two doubles as part of a 3-for-5 showing at the plate, which preceded his two-hit showing in game two that stretched his hitting streak to 20 consecutive games.

    Seth Oliver picked up the win in relief for Tigers to improve to 2-3 for the season. Oliver struck out three batters and allowed just one run in two and two-thirds innings. Chris Suarez struck out three batters while pitching two perfect innings to get his second save of the season.

    The Tigers and Jaguars conclude their series Sunday, with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.

    Courtesy: TSU Athletics
     

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