Golden Eagles Hand Tide Baseball Loss
Alabama started off the scoring in the bottom of the first when a sharp shot to third by Jared Reaves was mishandled by the defender, allowing Taylor Dugas to score on the play, putting the Tide ahead at 1-0. The Tide would add another run in the bottom of the third when Josh Rosecrans hit a solo home run over the wall in right to bring the Alabama lead up to 2-0. Rosecrans' night ended 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.
"I thought the game broke down for us in the middle part," Bama Coach Mitch Gaspard said. "I thought we came out and played pretty well for the first three or four innings, built a lead, (Taylor) Wolfe was pretty sharp in the front part of the game."
The Golden Eagles answered back immediately with a solo shot of their own from Mark Ellis in the very next inning, narrowing the gap at 2-1. The Tide immediately countered, plating another run in the bottom of the fourth when Miller smoked a liner into the right-field corner to plate Brett Booth. Alabama would add one more run to its lead in that same inning on a catcher's interference call with the bases loaded that helped to cross Miller, making the score set at 4-1
Southern Mississippi would come right back with a run of their own in the top of the fifth when a Tyler Koelling double plated one run, bringing the score to 4-2. The Eagles added another two runs, both with the bases loaded, as a walk and a passed ball allowed Southern Miss to even the score at 4-4.
"When they made a run at us offensively we really broke down from the fourth or fifth inning on, on the mound and defensively," Gaspard said. "That's a bad combination when that happens and with our offense right now we don't have the firepower to score nine, ten runs so it comes down to pitching and right now we're not pitching real good. When the defense breaks down with it, it makes it a tough night."
In the top of the sixth, Ashley Graeter went deep on a solo shot to give Southern Mississippi the lead for good. The Golden Eagles would add another two runs in that inning and one more in the top of the seventh to boost their lead to 8-4.
Alabama answered with a run of their own in the bottom half of the seventh when a Rosecrans double plated a run. Rosecrans would later score on a sharp shot to third by Miller to add another run to the Tide's tally, narrowing the gap to 8-6.
Alabama would come no closer as they allowed two more runs in the final two innings. Charley Sullivan (0-1) took the loss for the Tide and Josh Rogers (1-0) earned the win for Southern Mississippi. Collin Cargill got his third save on the season.
Alabama returns to action on Friday when the Crimson Tide begins a weekend series with the Northwestern State Demons at 6:05 p.m. from Sewell-Thomas Stadium. Probable starting pitchers for the weekend have not been announced by either team.
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