Southern Miss drops C-USA series opener with UAB 7-2 Thursday night

Southern Miss drops C-USA series opener with UAB 7-2 Thursday night

This is a news release from Southern Miss athletics

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Chase Scott had two hits and drove in a pair of runs but that wasn't enough as Southern Miss fell to UAB 7-2 Thursday night at Pete Taylor Park in the opening contest of a three-game set.

The Golden Eagles (15-11-1 overall, 4-5 C-USA) registered double-digit hits for the 13th time this season, finishing with 10 and getting two each from Dylan Burdeaux and Tim Lynch along with Scott.

The visiting Blazers, which tallied just six hits, collected four of their runs off of Southern Miss starter Christian Talley after they reached on either a walk or a hit by pitch over the first three-plus innings.

"They grinded some really good at-bats out," said Southern Miss coach Scott Berry. "They created some momentum for themselves with some walks or mental errors on our part, I should say. And then they got the big hits when they needed them."

The Blazers (18-10, 6-4) plated three runs in the third, scoring their initial tally off a wild pitch, before Jeff Schalk knocked in a run with a single and Esteban Tresgallo scored a run with a double.

UAB extended the lead with a RBI single from Chase Davis, ending Talley's night. Talley suffered the loss, falling to 2-5 on the season, giving up just three hits on three walks and a pair of hit batters with five strikeouts.

Scott cut the gap to 4-1 with a double down the leftfield line that scored Burdeaux in the fourth.

After Adam Smith clobbered his first career homer for the Blazers in the sixth, a two-run shot to make it 6-1, Scott registered a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the frame to close the margin to four runs.

UAB, though, added one more tally in the eighth off of reliever Jake Winston, who threw the 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on three hits with career-tying six strikeouts. Tresgallo stole home, after singling to lead off the eighth. He moved up to second on a wild pitch and then went to third on a groundout.

James Naile (4-2) went the distance for the Blazers, fanning nine and not walking a batter to get the victory.

Game two of the series will be at 6 p.m., Friday, at Pete Taylor Park. Kids will be able to run the bases following the game, and there will be an Easter Egg Hunt as well after the contest.