April 26, 2013
The two teams will meet in a doubleheader on Saturday, with first pitch in game one slated for 1 p.m. CT. Game two, which will be televised on Fox Sports Net, will begin at 6:30 p.m. CT.
Bryant (2-6) was in control through the first four frames, retiring the side in order three times and only allowing two base runners. In fact, Bryant sent down the first seven batters of the ballgame.
The fifth inning was when things unraveled for the Green and Gold. Eight consecutive USM batters reached base, en route to six runs coming home on five hits, ending the day for Bryant on the mound.
Trailing 6-1 in the seventh, Tyler Mims singled to start the frame, the fifth time UAB began an inning with a leadoff single. The Blazers led of an inning with a single in seven of the nine frames in the contest. Tyler Hamby roped a double down the left-field line to plate Mims and later Chase Davis knocked in a run with a single to center, ending the day for USM starter Jake Drehoff (2-4).
USM (22-19, 11-5) responded by pushing across a run in the bottom half of the seventh on a RBI ground out off the bat of Chase Fowler.
The Blazers put something together again in the eighth off a Bryant single and Ivan De Jesus walk. Southern Miss called on righty Daniel Wineski, the third pitcher of the day for the Golden Eagles. Wineski escaped the jam by recording a strikeout and inning-ending double play with the Blazers still in a four-run hole.
The Golden Eagles tacked on six more runs in the eighth inning, including a grand slam from Blake Brown to account for the night’s scoring.
Drehoff earned the victory, going 6.2 innings, surrendering three earned runs off eight hits with seven punch outs. Wineski earned the save, working two frames, and escaping the eighth inning UAB threat unscathed.
The Blazers finished with 10 hits in the loss, with Prinzing, Bryant and Hamby all recorded two base knocks each.