By: Bryant Kwilecki | Sports Editor |
April 10, 2023
Mobile, ALA. – South Alabama baseball gets its second straight series win over the weekend against Texas State. The Jags lost game one with a score of 4-8 on Thursday, April 6, but then came back and won game two with a score of 8-4. The Jags then walked it off in game three on Friday, April 7, in extra innings to claim the series.
“If anybody on this team had shut it down at any point or whined and moaned about not playing or not starting, or things not going my way or not getting my innings or at-bats, we lose that game. These guys, we talked about it a month ago when things didn’t look good, there has been total buy-in from this team every single day,” Head Coach Mark Calvi said when discussing how hard this team has worked all year.
The Jags started Jeremy Lee in the opener against the Bobcats who allowed three runs on just two hits and a strikeout. J.G. Bell led the Jags at the plate going three for five with three runs scored and two RBIs. The Bobcats jumped out to a 3-0 lead and never looked back in game one. In game one, the Jags flipped the script, jumping out to a 2-0 lead with a home run by Will Turner. Redshirt junior Sam Knowlton started the game on the mound. The Jags would then go on to score eight runs and win game two.
Game three was a back-and-forth with Texas State starting off with a 1-0 lead in the third inning with the Jags tying it at 1-1 in the fourth. With a 4-4 tie, the game goes into extra innings. In the 10th inning, Erick Orbeta brings the winning run home with a base hit, securing the win for the game and the series.
The Jags have had their fair share of struggles this season but look to be playing much better baseball as they get deeper into conference play and the postseason coming up next month. The Jags are 15-17 overall and 5-7 in the conference. They will play Alabama State on Tuesday, April 18, at Stanky Field. The team will also play Georgia State in a three-game series at Stanky Field, starting on Friday, April 21.