By: Santeria Evans | Sports Editor
Photo by: Michael Dunn
On March 28, the South Alabama Jaguars Men’s baseball team faced Northwestern State at Stanky Field in Mobile, AL. The Jaguars won over NSU 12-1.
South Alabama jumped out to a four-run lead in the top of the first inning. Junior Cameron Tissue drew a leadoff walk to start the game and scored one batter later when senior Michael Sandle lifted a 2-2 pitch from NSU right-hander Peyton Graham over the right-field wall for a 2-0 Jaguar lead.
Senior Reid Powers reached on a two-out single to right-center, and senior Hunter Stokes followed with a single to left field. Junior Santi Montiel then delivered a two-out, two-run double to left-center field for a 4-0 USA advantage.
South Alabama (13-9) completed the three-game series sweep with the win and extended its win streak to five games.
Head Coach Mark Calvi stated that they have been strong but have to be better.
“We’ve been strong on the mound, but we have to be better defensively if we want to win a championship. I told our guys that we make too many routine mistakes defensively, and you can’t win championships without lockdown defense,” Coach Calvi said.”
The Jaguars extended their lead to 5-0 in the top of the fifth when Sanford lifted a 2-0 pitch from NSU right-hander Micah Berens over the right-field wall for a solo home run to lead off the inning.
The Jags plated four runs in the top of the sixth to push its lead to nine. Junior Caleb Balgaard and Powers drew consecutive walks to start the inning and moved up one base each on a sacrifice bunt by Stokes.
Montiel followed with a walk to load the bases with one out. Senior Kaleb DeLaTorre then put down a suicide squeeze bunt to plate Balgaard for a 6-0 lead. Sanford followed a three-run home run to the right-field on an 0-2 pitch to extend the USA advantage to 9-0.
The Jaguars will return to play on March 30. They will travel to Baton Rouge, LA., for a 6:00 p.m. contest at LSU.