Ten-Run Inning Sinks Alabama
The Jaguars (20-20) sent 14 men to the plate in the inning as the Tide used four different relief pitchers. Third baseman Jake Overstreet was 2-for-2 with six RBI in the inning. He put South Alabama in front 7-5 with a three-run home run and then capped the inning with a three-run triple. The Jaguars had nine consecutive batters reach base with two outs in the inning and scored seven of the 10 runs with two outs.
The 10-inning was the biggest for the Jags this season and the most allowed by Alabama. The Crimson Tide had not been stung with a 10-run inning since allowing 10 runs at Auburn on March 26, 1999. The Tigers plated 10 runs in the fourth inning in a 15-4 win over the Tide 10 years ago.
The 10-run third inning overshadowed an impressive night at the plate for sophomore shortstop Josh Rutledge and junior DH Brandon May.
Rutledge became the seventh player in school history and the third this season to hit for the cycle. He was 4-for-5 with four runs scored and five RBI in the loss. He ripped an opposite-field solo home run in the third inning and added an RBI double in the sixth and RBI triple in the eighth. He capped the cycle with a two-run single in the ninth inning.
May was 3-for-6 with one run scored and five RBI. He hit a three-run home run in the first inning and added RBI singles in third and fifth innings.
Alabama (27-14) actually led 5-4 entering the bottom of the third inning on the strength of two more home runs. May put the Crimson Tide on the board with a three-run home run in the bottom of the first inning.
The Jaguars answered with four runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 4-3 lead. Following a two-out walk to Overtsreet, Derek O'Reilly and Chris Davis followed with an RBI singles and Clint Reynolds tallied a two-run double as the Jags grabbed a 4-3 lead.
Alabama regained the lead in the top of the third with two more runs, including a solo home run by shortstop Josh Rutledge, his fourth of the season. May added an RBI single to give the Tide a 5-4 lead.
South Alabama then blew the game open with a 10-run third inning.
Sophomore right hander Austin Evans (2-1), the second of eight pitchers used in the game by Alabama, took the loss. He faced four batters and gave up three runs, including Overstreet's go-ahead, three-run homer in the third inning.
Greg Johnson (4-4) was the winner for the Jags as he benefited from the 10-run third inning. He worked 4 2/3 innings and allowed three runs and six hits.
Overstreet had four extra base hits and six RBI to lead the Jaguars 22-hit attack. Catcher David Doss added four hits, three runs scored and one RBI. Second baseman Zach Gricor had three hits, scored two runs and knocked in two runs for the Jags.
Alabama scored eight runs in the final two innings to make the final score 21-16. The Tide got two runs in the eighth on an RBI triple by Rutledge and a ground out by Matthes. Alabama scored six runs in the ninth inning. Kyle Moore had an RBI double and Rutledge complete the cycle with a two-run single. Cal Tinsley, a backup middle infielder who pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, added an RBI single. Matthes capped the scoring with a two-run double.
Alabama returns home to host the Kentucky Wildcats in a three-game SEC series beginning Friday at 6:35 p.m. (CDT).
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