USM baseball falls to 'Bama

By FROM SOUTHERN MISS,

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Five Alabama pitchers limited No. 15 Southern Miss to two singles Wednesday night as the Crimson Tide took a 3-0 win at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.

Southern Miss center fielder Jaylon Keys led off the game with a single. That was the last hit the Golden Eagles (8-4) would manage until a seventh-inning single by Luke Reynolds. Southern Miss’ only other baserunners came via four walk and when Reynolds reached on a two-out error in the ninth inning.

The Golden Eagles’ pitching also was stingy, allowing just six hits while walking three.

But half the Tide’s hits went for doubles, and Alabama (11-2) bunched three hits in the fourth inning to take a 2-0 lead off Southern Miss starter Walker Powell.

UA designated hitter Hunter Alexander doubled, left fielder Keith Holcombe laid down a bunt single and a double by second baseman Chandler Avant’s made it 1-0 and chased Powell.

Reliever Mason Strickland limited the damage, as the Tide pushed across another run a sacrifice fly by shortstop Jett Manning.

The Tide made it 3-0 in the seventh inning when Manning walked, stole second, moved to third on a grounder and scored on a fielder’s choice.

Powell (0-1) took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits in three innings. He walked one, struck out one and hit two batters.

Garrett Rukes started for the Tide, and went the first three innings. Brock Love (1-0) followed and picked up the win with two hitless innings, striking out three and walking one. Dylan Duarte picked up his first save of the season, allowing a walk in the final inning.

Southern Miss returns home this weekend, welcoming Georgia Southern to Pete Taylor Park for a three-game series.

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