Ninth-Inning Error Sinks Tide Baseball
In a game that produced 19 total runs, eight crossed the plate in the final inning and a half. With Alabama leading 6-5 heading into the bottom of the eighth, South Alabama's Jordan Patterson hit a three-run home run with two outs off Trey Pilkington to give the Jaguars their first lead of the game at 8-6.
Alabama answered with a two-out rally in the top of the ninth, scoring three unearned runs to regain the lead at 9-8. After the Tide loaded the bases, Taylor Dugas hit a hard grounder that bounced off second baseman Logan Kirkland, caroming past the right field foul line. With Kirkland chasing down the loose ball, all three base runners came around to score, giving the Tide a one-run lead.
South Alabama loaded the bases with one out off losing pitcher Jason Zylstra (0-1) in the bottom of the ninth inning, and a throwing error by Nathan Kennedy allowed the tying and winning runs to score. Kyle Dees (3-0) retired one batter in the ninth inning to record the win for the Jaguars.
Alabama completes play in the South Alabama Classic on Sunday with an 11 a.m. game against Central Florida (5-0) from Stanky Field. The Knights play Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday evening looking to improve to 6-0 on the year before playing the Tide on Sunday.
Alabama will start sophomore right-hander Tucker Hawley (1-0). Central Florida has not announced a starter.
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