South Sweeps TTU

By: Charles Harrison | Sports Editor

The South Alabama baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Tennessee Tech on Sunday, Feb. 24.

After having two consecutive games canceled due to weather, the Jaguars were finally able to rebound from their 2-1 series loss to Clemson. The Jaguars’ game against the Alabama State Hornets was canceled due to fog and the game against New Orleans was rained out.

In game one of the series against Tennessee Tech Junior Drake Nightengale posted five scoreless innings while striking out nine of the 22 batters faced.

In the second game of the series, USA blew past Tennessee Tech with a pair of home runs on the way to a 7-3 victory.

In the third game, the start went to left-handed red-shirt junior Caleb Yarborough. Yarborough, who spent the offseason recovering from Tommy John Surgery, has posted scoreless outings in both of his appearances. In his second Sunday outing of the year, Yarborough gave up two hits, one walk and no runs in four innings of work.

What made the difference for the Jags as they went on to their 10-2 victory was the play of several key freshmen. The Jaguar team that field four freshman starters, found the new blood combining for eight hits, nine runs and five RBI’s.

The freshman: Bennett Shell, Ethan Wilson, Santi Monteil and Brandon Auerbach, are all filling the shoes left by the Jaguars taken in last year’s MLB Draft.

The Jaguars now plan to head to Baton Rouge to play the LSU Tigers on Tuesday, Feb. 26, and will return home on Friday, March 1, for a three-game series against Alabama.