Baseball Rallies Over Final Two Innings to Beat UTSA Thursday
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - No. 15 Southern Miss rallied with eight runs over the final two innings to lift the Golden Eagles to a 9-3 Conference USA victory over UTSA Thursday night at Roadrunner Field.
The Golden Eagles (42-12 overall, 23-5 C-USA) captured its second-record 42nd victory during the regular season, while also capturing their 12th victory in a row and 11th-straight league win. Because of rainy weather expected Saturday, the two teams will now finish the series with a twinbill set for 1 p.m., Friday.
Down 3-1 to start the eighth, UTSA starter Steven Dressler walked Burdeaux and Irby to start the frame. The Roadunners (28-24, 15-13) went to the bullpen and after a flyout, the Eagles bunch three-straight singles together by Wallner, Keating and Hadley, as each player drove in a run -- the final one by Hadley giving the Golden Eagles the lead.
Southern Miss then send nine men in the plate in the ninth and managed two hits, while UTSA walked four in the frame. Matt Guidry started the ninth with a leadoff pinch-hit walk. After a sacrifice and a flyout, Irby and Braley walked to load the bases before Wallner knocked in a run of his own with a walk. Cooper and Hadley then added back-to-back two run singles to end the scoring.
Nick Sandlin threw the final two innings in relief of a strong start by Colt Smith. Sandlin allowed just one infield single over the final pair of frames with three punch outs to earn his sixth save. Smith allowed three runs on seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts to get the win and improve to 6-0.
The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second on a long solo homer to left for his 10th home run of the year.
UTSA rallied for two runs in the bottom of the frame on two RBI groundouts to LeeMarcus Boyd at short and then added a solo home run Tony Beam, his fourth in the third.
UTSA reliever Karl Craigie allowed a run on three hits to suffer the loss and fall to 7-1.