Alabama Baseball Downs No. 15 USM

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Jared Reaves had a career-high four hits, Brock Bennett added three knocks and Alabama pounded out 15 hits as a team in a 7-3 non-conference road win over No. 15 ranked Southern Mississippi on Tuesday night from Pete Taylor Stadium.

Alabama improved its record to 26-18, while Southern Miss fell to 30-10.

The 15 hits marked the second highest total of the season for the Crimson Tide, three off the 18 banged out against Eastern Illinois back on March 12. It also marked the 18th time this season Bama topped the 10-hit mark.

Reaves had a career-high four hits, going 4-for-5 on the night with two RBI, and two runs scored. It was just the second time this season that an Alabama player had four hits in a game. Bennett was 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. Austen Smith reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with a pair of singles and three walks.

Crimson Tide starting pitcher Adam Windsor threw three innings, allowing two runs on six hits with two strikeouts. On a staff day, Windsor left the game after three innings, leading 5-2 to earn the win and improve to 3-0 on the year. Taylor Wolfe worked the final three and a third innings to earn his first save of his career. Wolfe was dominant at the back end of the game with five strikeouts and no hits allowed.

Southern Mississippi starter Dillon Day threw 4.0 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on nine hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Day took the loss to fall to 1-1 on the year. Tyler Koelling, Marc Bourgeois and Isaac Rodriguez had two hits each, as Koelling and Bourgeois each homered in the third inning.

Alabama returns to Southeastern Conference action on Saturday, with a doubleheader at Mississippi State. First pitch for the doubleheader is scheduled for 2 p.m. CDT, with the game televised on SportSouth, from Dudy Noble Field/Polk-DeMent Stadium. Game two of the doubleheader will not be televised and will start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one. The series will end with a single game Sunday, marking the end of Bama having eight consecutive games on the road.

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