Southern Miss softball upsets No. 21 South Alabama behind Block’s two-hit shutout

Southern Miss softball upsets No. 21 South Alabama behind Block’s two-hit shutout

This is a news release from Southern Miss athletics

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Southern Miss softball team notched a 1-0 upset over No. 21 South Alabama on Wednesday night at the Softball Complex. Sophomore pitcher Danielle Block tossed a complete-game two-hit shutout during the victory.

The win was the first victory over a ranked opponent for the Golden Eagles since posting a 5-0 home win over No. 25 LSU on March 16, 2011.

For Block, the shutout was her second complete game shutout of her career and third career shutout. Block fanned six batters on the night, just one K shy of her career high for a game. She went a fully 7.0 innings for the seventh time in her Golden Eagle career, notching her sixth victory of the season. Block allowed just two base hits and two walks in the victory. She struck out at least one batter in six of the seven innings.

Offensively, the Golden Eagles pieced together five hits. Katie Cleary paced the team with a pair of base hits. The junior had a single and Peyton Garner entered the game to pinch run. She came around to score the game-winning run on a Mallory Hayden single to right center field.

Kaelyn Christofferson and Morgan McKeever each added hits on the night, while Sarah Evans had the sacrifice bunt to move Garner into scoring position.

In the early goings of the game, the Golden Eagles relied on Block to pitch around a couple of miscues. Block closed out two of the first three innings with a strikeout.

The game remained scoreless until the fourth inning. Clearly lead off the inning with a single up the middle. She was replaced at first base by Garner, who moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Evans. With one out and the go-ahead run on second, Hayden hit what proved to be the game-winning RBI single to right center field. Garner slid into home to give Southern Miss a 1-0 lead over No. 21 South Alabama.

Block worked around an error in the fifth inning and hurled a 1-2-3 sixth. In the seventh, the Jaguars led off the inning with back-to-back walks. Block struck out the next batter for the first out of the inning. She induced a line drive to Michelle Stringer, who quickly threw it over to Jenifer Gary at first to complete the game-ending double play.

Southern Miss returns to action this weekend as the Golden Eagles travel to Birmingham, Ala. to take on UAB in a three-game Conference USA series. Live stats, live video and in-game tweets (@SouthernMissSB) will be available throughout the weekend.