Southern University entered Sunday’s SWAC baseball championship as an underdog, but left a champion.
A triple home run from O’Neil Burgos gave Southern a 7-6 victory over Jackson State, giving SU-back-to-back SWAC titles in the sport. Burgos was named the 2021 SWAC Baseball Tournament MVP.
It was the first SWAC loss of the entire season for Jackson State, which went 24-0 in conference play in the regular season.
JSU jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first half before SU responded with three own races in 2. JSU took the lead in the fourth with two races, and added one race each in the 5th and sixth.
Southern entered the tournament seed third. It beat Alabama State 3-0 in the first round before falling 2-1 to Prairie View. It responded with a 10-5 victory over Alcorn State to stay alive. A 24-3 shellacking by PVAMU put SU back in the title game.
The championship marked the 28th SWAC title in Southern University baseball history. The last title came in 2019, the last time the conference championship was awarded. It goes on to the NCAA tournament.
SWAC Baseball All-Tournament Team
Kyle Smith- Prairie View A&M
Jahmoi Percival- Grambling State
Cameron Bufford- Grambling State
Equon Smith- Jackson State
Chenar Brown- Jackson State
Wesley Reyes- Jackson State
Nickelle Galatas- Jackson State
Xavian Moore- Southern
Isaiah Adams- Southern
Colton Frank- Southern
Enrique Ozoa- southern
O’Neill Burgos- Southern (Most Valuable Player)