March 26, 2010
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Southern Miss baseball team fell 4-2 to UAB in the Conference USA opener Friday night at Young Memorial Field in Birmingham, Ala.
"We have to do a better job in competing offensively," head coach Scott Berry said. "The last few Friday nights Todd (McInnis) has thrown well but we have not given him a whole lot of support."
UAB used single runs in the first three innings and an insurance run in the eighth to take game one of the series.
McInnis allowed four runs on seventh hits while striking out nine in his seven innings of work.
UAB struck for the games first run in the bottom of the first as John Frost delivered a two-out RBI single to put the Blazers up 1-0.
UAB added their second run in as many innings as Nick Crawford delivered a two-out bases loaded single to make the score 2-0.
Southern Miss scored their first run in the top of the third inning as Marc Bourgeois hit a deep fly ball to centerfield that took a funny carom off the wall allowing Bourgeois to come all the way around to score for an inside the park home run.
UAB got that run right back in the bottom of the third with a home run of their own by Luke Stewart to make the score 3-1.
Southern Miss closed the gap in the top of the seventh as Travis Graves hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot into the scoreboard in left-center field.
Stewart extended the UAB lead back to two runs with his second home run in the bottom of the eighth, chasing McInnis from the game.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow for games two and three of the series. Sunday's game was moved up to a double header because of anticipated weather in the Birmingham area. Game one will start at 2:00 p.m. with the second game scheduled to start one hour after the conclusion of the first game.
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