Two-Run Ninth Lifts Golden Eagles over UAB in C-USA Opener
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Southern Miss rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth to lift the Golden Eagles to a 3-2 comeback victory over UAB here Friday night at Young Memorial Field.
The Golden Eagles (20-15 overall, 9-4 C-USA) rallied for their fourth victory in the ninth inning this season as they find themselves at the top of the C-USA standings along with UAB, Rice and UTSA. It also was the fifth victory for the squad in their last seven games.
Down 2-1 in the ninth, both Bradley Roney and Dylan Burdeaux were hit by pitches by Turner Lee, the third of four UAB pitchers in the contest. Pinch hitter Chuckie Robinson then singled to center, driving in Roney to tie the game.
The Blazers (23-11, 9-4) then went to Adam Lau who walked the next two hitters - the second free pass going to Breck Kline to drive in what proved to be the winning run.
UAB took the early lead by stringing together three singles in the bottom of the first with the final one coming from Nathan Vincent to give UAB the early one-run lead.
Evan Peterson increased the UAB advantage to 2-0 in the fifth on a safety squeeze bunt, which drove home Ryan Prinzing from third.
The Golden Eagles cut the deficit in half in the seventh. Roney, who led the Golden Eagles with two hits and made his first start at first base in the contest, doubled with one out before Burdeaux drove him home with a single through the left side.
Luke Lowery came into the game in the seventh for Golden Eagle starter Christian Talley, who allowed two runs on eight hits and a strikeout over 6 2/3 innings, to get a strikeout to end the inning. The sophomore from Sumrall threw another perfect inning to earn the victory and improve to 2-0.
Sean Buchholz came in to close the game in the ninth. After allowing a single to Mitch Williams, Ivan DeJesus then hit into a double play before Prinzing hit into a groundout to end the game.
Highly touted UAB starter Chase Mallard allowed a run on six hits with five strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings in a no decision, while Lee (1-2) suffered the loss.
The two teams return to action Saturday with a 2 p.m., single contest.