NEWS RELEASE FROM SOUTHERN MISS
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Alabama scored three times in the top of the eighth to lead the Crimson Tide over Southern Miss 7-4 here Wednesday night at Pete Taylor Park.
Dillon Day led Southern Miss (21-19) with three of its nine hits, while Austen Smith had three hits and drove in three runs to pace the Crimson Tide, while Ben Moore and Andrew Miller added two hits each.
With the game tied at 4-4, Kyle Overstreet led off the eighth with a single for the Tide. After a strikeout, Moore laced a RBI double to left-center and then Smith followed with a run-scoring double to right-center. Miller completed the scoring with an RBI single to score Smith.
After the Crimson Tide got solo runs in each of the first two innings, USM responded with four runs in the bottom of the second.
Isaac Rodriguez led off the frame with his team-best 10th double. After a couple of outs and a walk to Chase Fowler, Andrew Furr singled in Rodriguez and Dillon Day plated a run with a double down the rightfield line. Mason Robbins completed the scoring with a two-run single up the middle.
“You’ve got to do more than one inning,” Southern Miss baseball coach Scott Berry said. “You’re just asking too much for your pitching staff when you don’t score more runs than that.”
Smith tied the game in the sixth with a two-run single to left for the Tide (25-18).
Taylor Guilbeau, the third of five Alabama pitchers, collected the victory by keeping the Golden Eagles off the board for two innings on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts to get the victory. Tucker Hawley threw a scoreless night to get his first save.
Southern Miss threw six pitchers, including James McMahon, who allowed three runs on three hits with a punchout over 1 1/3 to suffer the loss and fall to 0-1.
The Golden Eagles return to action this weekend when they entertain UAB in a three-game C-USA series. Game times are 6 p.m., on Friday, 6:30 p.m., on Saturday (to accommodate television) and 1 p.m., on Sunday.