Press release from Southern Miss Athletics
BILOXI, Miss. – Nathan Spruiell limited Southern Miss to just one run over seven-plus innings as South Alabama defeated the Golden Eagles 4-2 Wednesday night, ruining the team’s debut at MGM Park.
The Golden Eagles (7-2) lost for the second-straight night to the Jaguars, falling 9-3 in Mobile on Tuesday.
After striking out the side in the first and then retiring the first two batters in the second frame, Southern Miss starter Hunter Stevens (0-1) gave up a solo home run to Ben Gann, his first of the season.
The Jaguars (8-1) then extended their lead to 4-0 in the third as they collected a pair of RBI singles and a run-scoring groundout.
Spruiell, who was making his first start of the year, limited Southern Miss to a run on four hits with a walk and five strikeouts over 6 2/3 to earn the victory and improve to 1-0.
His only run allowed came in the seventh. Chase Scott led off the inning with a double to left and scored three batters later when Storme Cooper singled in a run up the middle ending Spriuell’s night.
Southern Miss added another run in the eighth on a RBI single from Tim Lynch, his third single of the night, but Jake Sandlin was gunned down at third on the play and the Golden Eagles which effectively ended the threat.
The Golden Eagles got two runners on again in the ninth with one out, but hit two consecutive fly outs to end the game.
Stevens, who allowed four runs on four hits with two walks over 2 2/3, gave way to Nick Sandlin who retired the first 12 batters he faced and only allowed a walk and two hits with five strikeouts over five innings.
Shane McKinley threw two shutout innings for the Jaguars to collect his second save of the year.
Southern Miss returns to action this weekend when they travel to Pensacola, Fla., to play in the Cox Diamond Invitational. The Golden Eagles face Michigan State at 2 p.m., Friday, Troy at 3 p.m, Saturday, and Auburn at 3 p.m., Sunday. The Troy game will be televised live on Cox Sports Television.