The Alabama Crimson Tide baseball rolled in to Hattiesburg, Miss on Wednesday afternoon feeling good about themselves. After being swept by Florida Atlantic in the season-opening series, the Tide had reeled off 4 straight victories over Arkansas Pine-Bluff and South Alabama, including a sweep of the former. During that win streak, the Tide had outscored their opponents 34 to 6. Well, any good feelings Bama fans might have had about where this time was headed came to grinding halt Wednesday night when the Southern Miss Golden Eagles destroyed the Tide 14-2 at Pete Taylor Park. The loss dropped the Tide's record to 4-4 on the season, while the Eagles improved to 6-3.
Offensively, coach Mitch Gaspard's Tide was led by senior All-American Taylor Dugas, who went 2 for 4 with two singles and a walk. The center fielder, who broke a 3-game hitless streak, also got his third stolen base of the season. While Kenny Roberts and Cameron Carlisle each had a RBI for the Tide, Dugas was the only player with double digit hits. The Tide was outhit by the Eagles 16-7.
Defensively, the Tide had three throwing errors on the night, all of them in the infield. Sophomore Case Nixon got the start on the mound for the Tide, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits in 3 innings of work. In fact, of the 7 pitchers that took the mound for the Tide, the first all five gave up earned runs. Chazz Otwell pitched scoreless and hitless 6th and 7th innings, Nathan Kennedy pitched a scoreless and hitless 8th.
Up next for the Tide is a weekend series at Turchin Stadium in New Orleans, La against the Tulane Green Wave. The first pitch is scheduled for Friday night at 6:30 pm CT. Saturday's game is scheduled to start at 2 pm CT, while Sunday's finale is slated for a 1 pm CT first pitch.