Tide Baseball Drops One to USM

Alabama's baseball team was looking for the momentum of a modest two-game win streak heading into a murderers row of highly ranked Southeastern Conference opponents in the coming three weeks, but instead the Tide lost late in the game Tuesday night, falling 7-4 to Southern Miss in Hattiesburg.

Alabama faces fifth-ranked LSU in a three-game series this weekend, and plays No. 16 Ole Miss and No. 11 Florida in the successive weeks.

The Golden Eagles scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pick up a 7-4 come-from-behind victory over Alabama Tuesday in front of 4,085 at Pete Taylor Park.

The loss was the Bama's first to Southern Miss since 1987 and the first in the past 12 meetings. Alabama dropped to 20-8 on the year (4-2 SEC) while Southern Miss improved to 19-5 on the season.

The Golden Eagles finished the game with seven runs on 13 hits and was errorless, while the Tide had four runs on nine hits and made one error.

T.J. Large (4-2), one of seven Alabama pitchers on the night, took the loss, allowing two runs on two hits in one-third of an inning. Starter Josh Copeland lasted just four innings and allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits with two strikeouts. Matt Downs threw 1.2 frames and gave up one hit, while Brent Carter tossed two-thirds of an inning with one run on one hit. Casey Kebodeaux, Trey Shields and Ian Moore combined to pitch the final 1.1 innings, giving up a total of two runs on four hits.

Allen Rice, Gabe Scott and Bentley each had a pair of hits to lead Alabama.

Alabama hosts LSU in a three-game series at "The Joe" in Tuscaloosa beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday night.

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