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No. 21 Alabama Baseball Falls to Southern Miss, 2-1

Southern Mississippigot a game-winning, RBI single by pinch hitter Breck Kline with one-out in thebottom of the eighth inning to lift the Golden Eagles to a 2-1 victory over theNo. 21 Alabama Crimson Tide on Wednesday night from Pete Taylor Park.

The Golden Eagles (4-5) got the leadoff batter aboard on theeighth inning when Mason Robbins singled to right field. After a sacrifice buntmoved Robbins to second, Alabama reliever Taylor Guilbeau intentionally walkedDylan Burdeaux to put runners on first and second. Southern Miss went to thebench and pinch hitter Breck Kline delivered a single to left field and Robbinsbeat the throw home to score the eventual game-winning run.

"Pitching continues to be consistent and it was an excellent startfrom Nick Eicholtz" Alabama head coach Mitch Gaspard said. "Taylor Guilbeaucame in and threw the ball very well. We were right there and had a number ofopportunities with one or two outs and couldn't get the big hit. They got thehit late and we couldn't deliver one. We have to give our best at-bats in thosemost critical situations."

After the Golden Eagles took the lead in the eighth inning,Bradley Roney (2) took the mound in the top of the night and earned the savewhen he recorded a pair of strikeouts in the inning. Reliever Jay Myrick (1-1)got the win getting the final two outs of the eighth inning in relief of USMstarter Christian Talley. Talley went 7.1 innings, allowing an unearned run onseven hits with one walk and five strikeouts.

Alabama (4-3) got a good start on the mound as freshman NickEicholtz threw five innings, allowing just one unearned run on four hits with awalk and four strikeouts. Guilbeau (0-1) took the loss after allowing one runon three hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

Offensively, Alabama had seven hits in the game, as KyleOverstreet led the way going 2-for-3 with a walk. Wade Wass was 1-for -4 andhad the only extra base hit of the night, a double in the eighth inning, CaseyHughston was 1-for-3 with a walk and William Elliott was 1-for-4 and scored thelone run for the Crimson Tide.

Along with his save, Roney had two of Southern Miss' seven hitsand he scored a run. Burdeaux was 1-for-2 with two walks and Robbins was1-for-4 with a run scored.

"We had too many missed opportunities tonight" Gaspard said. "Wehad a number of scoring situations and couldn't deliver the hit when we neededit. That's an area we have to improve on. We're seven games into the season andwere not scoring enough runs to get on top and put teams away."

After four scoreless innings to start the game, the Tidemanufactured a run in the fifth inning thanks to some help by the Southern Missdefense. Elliott got an infield single to start the inning then moved to secondon a sacrifice bunt by Chance Vincent. After Georgie Salem grounded out tosecond, Elliott scored when Mikey White reached on a fielding error by theGolden Eagles second baseman.

Southern Miss answered in the bottom of the fifth win an unearnedrun as well. USM's leadoff hitter Connor Barron had a bunt single and advancedto second on a throwing error. A sacrifice bunt moved Barron to third and hescored on a groundout to first base, tying the score at 1-1.

The score remained tied until the bottom of the eight when Klinedelivered the game-winning RBI single.

The Tidetravels to Lafayette, La., for a weekend matchup with the No. 10 rankedLouisiana Ragin' Cajuns. First pitch is slated for 6:00 p.m. on Friday, 2:00p.m. on Saturday, and 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. Saturday's matchup will be broadcaston MyKLAF and ESPN3. 

INFORMATION SOURCE: University of Alabama Athletics Dept.

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