UTSA did not get the desired start to their series against Southern Mississippi as they fell to a 6-2 loss at Hattiesburg on Friday night.
Such was the domination of Southern Miss that they didn’t ever go to the bullpen with starting pitcher Christian Talley going through all nine, managing 12 strike-outs and not allowing a walk.
The Golden Eagles got a perfect start with Connor Barron hitting a double as the first man up on the very first pitch before a sac. bunt advanced him and then coming home on a ground out from Tim Lynch.
But UTSA came back in the second as Mike Warren stepped up, with a man on base, and hit an RBI double to get the Roadrunners back on level terms.
In the third a fielding error from the Roadrunners allowed Matt Dawson to advance to scoring position before a Stirling RBI groundout allowed him to score, putting the Golden Eagles in front again, a lead they would never relinquish.
Disaster struck for UTSA in the fourth as Austin Rossel managed a two-out walk before a bizzare situation, when UTSA dropped a strike-out, instead of going for the easy, innings ending, out of the runner at first, they threw to second, where it hit the runner, allowing both to advance an additional base.
Needing just one out to end the inning, Nick Dawson stepped up to the plate in the number nine spot, managing a double to make it 4-1, putting the Eagles firmly in control.
An RBI ground out was responsible for the next score as well as CJ Pickering drove in the runner to make it a two run ball game and give UTSA some hope.
But that hope quickly vanished as Southern Miss completed the scoring with two more runs at the bottom of the inning to make it 6-2, which is how it would stay after 4 defensive innings completed the game.