It took just a couple of miscues to cost the Southern baseball team a series win at No. 23 South Alabama.
Southern handed the homestanding Jaguars three of their runs on two wild pitches and a balk, and South Alabama went on to post a 7-1 victory in the rubber game Sunday in Mobile.
“We found all kinds of ways not to win today,” Southern coach Roger Cador said. “I look at the 27 innings (in the series), I’d say five innings we didn’t play really good baseball.”
That proved damaging Sunday and in Saturday’s 12-2 loss, which followed a 5-4 Southern victory Friday capped by the Jaguars’ four-run, ninth-inning rally.
“The defense improved, and the pitchers threw more strikes,” Cador said. “There’s a lot to be proud of the way the team competed.”
USA (30-11) grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning Sunday; both runs scored on wild pitches from Southern starter Troy Lewis (1-3). It was 3-1 in the seventh before USA tacked on two more runs, including one brought home on a Lewis balk.
Lewis went seven innings, allowing five runs and striking out eight. He drove in the lone run for Southern (12-24) with a fifth-inning sacrifice fly.
“We had some opportunities early in the game to get Troy Lewis some runs but weren’t able to quite do it,” Cador said.
Southern is slated to host UNO at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Lee-Hines Field before returning to Southwestern Athletic Conference play Friday through Sunday at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.