April 17, 2009
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Bo Davis hit two home runs and accounted for five RBI as Southern Miss defeated UAB 7-4 in the series opener Friday evening at Pete Taylor Park.
"I thought (JR) Ballinger threw well tonight and Bo (Davis) had two big home runs for us, it was not the prettiest win but they all count the same," head coach Corky Palmer said.
Davis blasted a two run shot in the sixth inning to give Southern Miss their first lead of the game and put the game out of reach with a three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning, his team leading tenth of the season.
The Golden Eagles (24-12, 9-4 C-USA) managed only six hits in the game, two of which belonged to Taylor Walker who had the only other RBI of the game with a hustle single in the seventh.
JR Ballinger moved to 4-0 on the season, working 6.1 innings allowing only one earned run on four hits. Collin Cargill picked up his sixth save of the season for working 1.2 innings allowing only one hit and striking out two.
The Golden Eagles committed five errors in the game which lead to four unearned runs.
UAB opened the scoring with an unearned run in the top of the first as leadoff hitter Jamal Austin reached on an error, stole second and came around to score on a throwing error, both by starting pitcher JR Ballinger, for an early 1-0 lead.
The Blazers added another run in the top of the fourth as Brint Hardy singled and came around to score on Digger Towe's RBI groundout to make the score 2-0 UAB.
Southern Miss added an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth on two fielding errors by UAB third baseman Andrew Manning, allowing James Ewing to score and cut the UAB lead to 2-1.
The Golden Eagles took the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning on Bo Davis' ninth home run of the season, a towering two-run shot over the scoreboard in right center field to put Southern Miss on top, 3-2.
Southern Miss added to their lead in the bottom of the seventh as Taylor Walker legged out an infield single allowing Josh Field to score. Two batters later, after a Kameron Brunty walk, Davis delivered his second home run of the night, a three run shot to put Southern Miss up 7-2.
The Blazers would add two unearned runs in the top of the eighth inning on three consecutive errors by Walker. Cargill entered the game with the bases loaded and ended the threat with no further damage using a strike out and a ground out to end the frame.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow for an unscheduled double header beginning at 1:00 p.m. With the heavy rain expected in the area on Sunday, the Southern Miss athletic department decided to move Sunday's game up a twin bill on Saturday.
It will be the fourth unscheduled double header that Southern Miss has played this season.
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