In a series-opener, South Alabama baseball crushes Troy, 11-3

In a series-opener, South Alabama baseball crushes Troy, 11-3 ...

In the opening of a three-game series on Thursday night, South Alabama scored five runs in the seventh inning and four in the ninth.

After winning their fourth league game in a row, the Jaguars advanced to 21-11 overall and 8-5, while the Trojans improved to 22-11, 8-5. The teams finish off the series with a doubleheader Friday starting at 2:30 p.m. at Troy's Riddle-Pace Field.

No one was down when they went up 3-2 and we went into the seventh inning, South Alabama coach Mark Calvi said. Our guys fought like crazy. This is a really tough team. [...] I can't praise my guys enough for their effort tonight, on the mound, on the field, and the whole game.

Troy wins 3-2 after scoring twice in the bottom of the sixth against South Alabama's Miles Smith. The Jaguars defeat South Alabama's Matt Boswell for five runs in the clash. However, the Jaguars battled for five runs to take control of the game.

Miles Simington's one-out RBI single drew the game 6-3, defeating Troy's Ryan Pettys. After a wild pitch moved runners to second and third, South Alabama cleanup man Will Turner welcomed Grayson Stewart with a massive three-run homer over the scoreboard in the right-center to finish the game.

Turner's homer is shown in a clip from the beginning.

WILL TURNER!!!!! gives RF a 3-run HR for a 6-3 Jag lead in T7!

Hunter Stokes scored on Santi Montiel's RBI goal for the inning's fifth run and a 7-3 victory over the Trojans. Smith (5-1) retired the Trojans 1-2-3 in the seventh and eighth before the Jaguars put the game away in the ninth, scoring on an infield grounder, Cameron Tissue's squeeze bunt, and a pair of bases-loaded walks.

Smith allowed a one-out double in the ninth, but nothing more. With two strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings, he made his first game action since April 1 at Georgia State.

Boswell, who was recently diagnosed with flu-like symptoms earlier in the week, was able to get enough sleep after pitching last Friday. He gave up just three hits and one run, but Kyle Mock scored a RBI double in the bottom of the first. He came off the field with a 2-1 lead, with Smith inducing a double play to finish the fifth.

Calvi said of Boswell that he cooled it out for five innings. "He looked like death was over, but he's also a bulldog. Miles also."

Rigsby Mosley defeats Montiel in the fourth innings, but Mosley escapes a second-and-third, one-out injury to make it a 1-1 game. Mosley completed two runs on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

Pettys (2-1) entered the game in the sixth and allowed a leadoff single to Stokes, who advanced to third on a pair of ground balls and scored on a balk to put the Jaguars up 2-1. Pettys pitched in the seventh and was charged with four runs on four hits in 1 2/3 innings.

Troy equaled twice with two outs in the sixth on Mock's RBI double and Easton Kirk's single before Smith exited the game. However, the Trojans managed only one baserunner in the last three innings.

South Alabama totaled 15 hits and six walks in the game, led by four each from Stokes and Montiel, who doubled twice and drove in two hits. Turner was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBIs on the homer, his third of the season.

Simington and Landon Jordan each earned two hits for the Jaguars. Both Mock, Kirk, and William Sullivan, Troy's two-and-a-half-hitters, combined for all six of the Trojans' hits.

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