Press release from Southern Miss Athletics
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The Southern Miss softball team dropped a 3-2 decision to UAB on Sunday afternoon at the Softball Complex. With the win, the Blazers (10-17, 2-1 Conference USA) earned the 2-to-1 series victory over the Golden Eagles (15-16, 2-4 C-USA).
The Golden Eagles matched the Blazers 7-to-7 in hits on the day. Morgan McKeever and Michelle Stringer led the team with two hits apiece, while Tori Dew and Lauren Holifield provided the pop with a solo home run apiece. Kaelyn Christofferson added a base hit as well. Sarah Evans reached base twice with a pair of walks, while Dew, Holifield, McKeever, and Arielle Pollock each drew free passes as well.
In the circle, Danielle Block earned the start on the day. The junior surrendered six hits in 3.1 innings of work, allowing three runs with no walks and a pair of strikeouts. She was relieved by Jillian Johnson who tossed 3.2 innings allowing no runs on one hit.
UAB was the first team to score, plating a run in the first inning. With one out, Kelly Britt doubled to right field and came home on a Sara Beth Williamson double to left center field.
The Blazers added a run in the second inning. The leadoff batter was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. UAB’s Danii Fernandez dropped a single into left field. While trying to advance to second, she was caught in a rundown and tagged out. On the play, the lead runner advanced home to put the visiting team up 2-0.
UAB scored its final run of the day in the third inning. With two outs, Mary Warren hit a solo home run to put the Blazers ahead 3-0.
Southern Miss responded in the bottom of the third inning. With one out, Dew hit a solo home run to right center field. The home run was the second of the season for the junior college transfer. With two outs, Holifield followed with a solo home run to left field. The solo shot was the juco transfer’s team-leading sixth homer of the season.
The Black and Gold were unable to score the equalizer, but had several opportunities in the final innings.
In the fourth inning, the Golden Eagles loaded the bases with two outs, but a fielder’s choice ended the frame and the USM threat. The fifth inning saw the tying run thrown out at the plate, while an inning-ending double play thwarted a comeback in the sixth.
Southern Miss returns to action this weekend as the Golden Eagles travel to Boca Raton, Fla. to take on Florida Atlantic in a Conference USA series. The series is slated for Friday and Saturday so the teams can have Easter off. Live stats and in-game tweets (@SouthernMissSB) will be available throughout the weekend series.