South Alabama scored five runs with two outs in the top of the 10th inning to seal an 11-6 victory against Troy in the second game of a doubleheader Friday and claim the Sun Belt Conference series victory.
The Jaguars who won are now 22-12 overall, 9-6 in the Sun Belt. The Trojans (23-12, 9-6) won Friday's early game 10-8.
It wasnt pretty, but it was good enough, South Alabama coach Mark Calvi said. ... Were down a couple of guys on the mound (due to illness), we're moving guys around. But our kids are prepared, they were kept ready and they go hard. It is a win any way attitude. It doesnt matter who is there or who is not there. I just love the fight in our team.
South Alabama 11, Troy 6 (10 innings)
The Jaguars put a 6-2 lead away but eventually managed to defeat the Trojans' bullpen late. Miles Simington got a walk on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded to run in the go-ahead run with two outs in the 10th, then Kasey Donaldson kicked them off with a three-run double off the left-field wall.
Donaldson failed to enter the game until the fifth inning, but scored two goals for his career, scoring six goals. Earlier in the game, the junior-college transfer from Gulfport, Miss., had hit a three-run, pinch-hit homer.
In T10, LF receives a bases-clearing 3-run double!
Hunter Stokes finished off four 1/3 scoreless innings by getting Easton Kirk to fly out to the center to finish the game and the series.
Lin walked five hits and struck out three before the game dominated. For the second game of the doubleheader, the freshman was the Jaguars' strongest available reliever, with regular closer Jackson Boyd out due to flu-like symptoms.
What do you say about the bullpen kid?, Calvi said. "That was just good health and composure on the road. This is a tough place to win against a very good Troy team."
Troy scored two runs on back-to-back RBI singles by Kyle Mock and Kirk in the bottom of the first, but South Alabama got the runs back on Diego Altamirano's two-run single in the second. That score remained until the fifth, when the Jaguars scored four runs against rookie Troy Fuller.
Calvi forced Donaldson to the plate after two runs, which was his first time this season, to lead the Jaguars 5-2.
We have a bunch of guys who have already paid attention to working while youre waiting, Calvi said. Kasey has been really good for us off the bench in a pinch-hit role, and I just thought that the game was the best time.
Santi Montiel added an RBI single to finish 6-2, but Troy tied the game with a run in the fifth off off South Alabama starter Tyler Lehrman and three in the sixth off off against Lehrmann and reliever Grant Wood. Donovan Whibbs knocked in runs with singles in both the fifth and the sixth, then Jesse Hall fouled with a two-run double in the sixth.
Kyle Gamble, a Troy reliever, entered the game to begin the sixth, held the Jaguars in check through the ninth before tiring in the 10th and giving up five runs. In the end, the left-hander (0-3) allowed three hits and six walks, but struck out nine.
South Alabama was left on the bases in the top of the ninth while the Trojans might move off in the bottom of the inning. Troy tried to come to an end with runners on the corners and one out, but USA first baseman Landon Jordan made a sliding catch of Clay Stearns' bunt attempt and then fired back to third base for a double-play that sent the game to additional innings.
Landon Jordan with a sliding catch on a bunt attempt doubles up Troy to end B9!
Troy 10, South Alabama 8 is the first game to play.
After a furious Jaguars rally in the ninth, the Trojans scored seven runs to break open a close game.
Both Stearns and Trey Leonard had two-run homers in the decisive fifth, while Mock and Caleb Bartolero added RBI doubles. All of those hits came against South Alabama starter JoJo Booker, who was tagged for nine runs in 4 2/3 innings and dropped to 3-1 this season.
According to Hall, Troy took an RBI single out of the game, defeating Jaguars reliever Austin Mills to a 10-2 lead. In the seventh, Simington's RBI single reduced it to 10-3, before South Alabama beat the Trojans in the ninth.
The Jaguars advanced the game with three straight runs, including Charles Middleton's RBI double. One out later, Montiel singled in two runs to make it 10-6, then Joe Sutton doubled with two outs to help the USA close the game.
South Alabama scored its eighth run on a wild pitch, with Will Turner coming to the plate for the tied run. However, Troy closer Graham Stewart led Turner to the game to finish the match.
Garrett Gainous, a Troy reliever, scored two runs on four hits, including three walks and four strikeouts. Three Trojan relievers were charged with six runs in two 2/3 innings, before Stewart got the final out for his third save.
Troy scored three hits each for Hall and William Sullivan, with Sullivan's two-run homer in the third giving the Trojans the lead for good. South Alabama scored his first two runs on Jordan's RBI double in the first and Turner's RBI groundout in the second, respectively. Mock's RBI groundout in the first recorded the Trojans' first run.
South Alabama beat the bases with no outs in the eighth, but Keaton Fuller scored three goals in three sets to escape the game. The Jaguars had 11 runners on base in the game.
South Alabama returns to action Tuesday at South Louisiana, then hosts Georgia Southern, a Sun Belt, for three games beginning next Friday. Troy takes the mid-week off before returning to Arkansas State for a three-game series beginning next Friday.