South Alabama Baseball beats Siena 6-1

By: Christian Hinkel | Contributing Writer

On the heels of five straight losses, South Alabama was able to right the ship last Saturday night with a 6-1 victory over the Siena Saints.

The victory on Saturday was the third of a four-game series that the Jaguars would play in the South Alabama Invitational. The first two games were one and two-run losses to UT Martin, and Indiana, respectively. 

Against Siena on Saturday night, right-handed pitcher Jojo Booker would be the first pitcher up for the Jags. After a rocky first inning that included a wild pitch to give Siena a 1-0 lead, Booker would go on to have a solid night and tie his career-high with ten strikeouts. 

South Alabama would later even up the score in the bottom of the fourth inning when outfielder Ethan Wilson scored on an RBI single up the middle by catcher Reid Powers. 

The Jags would take their first lead of the night when infielder Hunter Stokes scored on an RBI single to center field by outfielder Bennett Shell. In the same inning, the lead would be pushed to 4-1 by a two-out, two-run single by Powers. The lead would increase even more to 5-1 in the bottom of the 7th on a sacrifice fly to center field by infielder Santi Montiel that scored Shell. 

The play of the night perhaps came from Powers in the bottom 8th with a triple to the right-center gap. He would later walk in on a sacrifice fly by outfielder Michael Sandle to give the game its final run of the night. 

After the South Alabama Invitational, the Jaguars (4-5) will be back in action at home Tuesday night against New Orleans Privateers (4-3) in Stanky Field. This will be the last game before the Jags host a three-game series against the Gonzaga Bulldogs (2-6).