March 15, 2006
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama starting pitcher Miers Quigley held the Golden Eagles to a season-low four hits in seven innings, and the Crimson Tide offense provided 13 runs in their 13-3 win over Southern Miss, Wednesday night, at Sewell-Thomas Field in front of a crowd of 3,992.
Alabama (14-6) scored 13 runs on 14 hits and committed one error, while Southern Miss (13-5) scored three runs on seven hits and committed two errors.
"We didn't do much well tonight, and got outplayed in every facet of the game," Head Coach Corky Palmer said. "It was a bad night. We didn't do much offensively, and Quigley pitched well for them tonight."
Quigley (1-1) earned the win for the Crimson Tide, pitching seven innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits, striking out three and walking one. Golden Eagle starting pitcher Patrick Ezell (1-2) took the loss for the Golden Eagles, pitching four innings, giving up five runs on eight hits, striking out five and not walking any batters.
The Crimson Tide offense was led by Emeel Salem, who collected three hits, one stolen base and three RBIs. Greg Paiml added two hits, one double and three RBIs. Toddric Johnson led the Golden Eagle offense with two hits and one RBI, while Jody Blount added an RBI single.
Alabama scored one run in the third inning to take a 1-0 lead. Paiml reached safely on a bunt to third base, advanced to second on Salem's fielder's choice and scored on Matt Downs' single to left field.
Southern Miss scored one run in the fourth inning to tie the game, 1-1. Marc Maddox was hit by a pitch to reach first base, advanced to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on Trey Cuevas' groundout to short and scored on Jody Blount's RBI single to left field.
The Crimson Tide scored four runs to retake the lead, 5-1, in the bottom of the fourth inning. David Ferazza singled to right field, moved to third on Spencer Pennington's single through the right side and scored on Kent Matthes RBI single to third base, while Pennington advanced to second base. Pennington advanced to third when Brandon Belcher reached base on a fielder's choice. With runners on first and third, Paiml hit an RBI double down the right field line to score both runners. Salem hit an RBI single through the right side to score Paiml from second.
The Golden Eagles added a run in the fifth inning to cut the Crimson Tide lead to 5-2. Trey Sutton led off the inning with a bunt and reached base on a throwing error by pitcher Miers Quigley, stole second base, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on Toddric Johnson's RBI single through the right side.
Alabama scored a run in the bottom of the fifth inning to build a 6-2 lead. Kody Valverde walked, moved to second on Pennington's single to third base and scored on Matthes' RBI double to left field.
Alabama scored three runs in the seventh inning to extend their lead to 9-2 lead. Evan Bush led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Valverde walked and moved to second when Ferazza reached base on a fielder's choice sacrifice bunt, and Bush moved to third on a muffed throw by Maddox. With the bases loaded, Pennington hit an RBI sacrifice to score Bush from third. Matt Bentley reached base on a fielding error by left fielder Drew Carson to reload the bases, and Alabama scored another run when Belcher was walked to score Valverde. Paiml hit an RBI sacrifice fly to center field to score Ferazza.
Southern Miss scored a run in the eighth inning to cut the score to 9-3. Michael Ewing led off the inning with a double down the right field line, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Maddox's sacrifice fly RBI to right field.
Alabama increased their lead to 13-3 with four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Bush led off the inning with a single to right field and moved to second when Alex Avila walked. Both runners moved to third and second, respectively, on Ferazza's groundout to the pitcher. Ryan Rhoden hit an RBI single to right field to score Bush and moved Avila to third. Belcher reached on a fielder's choice to score Avila and Rhoden advanced to second. Salem hit a two-RBI single up the middle to score Belcher and Rhoden.
Southern Miss returns home to host Troy in a three-game weekend series at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field on Friday-Sunday, March 17-19. Friday's game starts at 6:30 p.m., Saturday's at 2 p.m., and Sunday's at 1 p.m.