MOBILE, Ala. -- South Alabama plated three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to escape a tie game and post a 6-2 win over UTA baseball, on Saturday night at Stanky Field.
UTA (21-29, 11-15 Sun Belt Conference) fell in the second game of the series to South Alabama (28-20, 16-9 Sun Belt), with the Jags earning the series win with a win on Friday night.
ON THE MOUND
UTA senior starter Brad Vassar (2-6) worked four innings, allowing six hits and five runs, walking three and striking out three. After the go-ahead run scored on three straight reaching in the fifth, UTA turned to junior Logan Austin in relief. Austin worked the last four innings of the game, allowing eight hits and a single run.
South Alabama starter Jared Proctor (4-0) worked 5.1 innings, allowing two hits and two runs, walking three and striking out five. Zach Melton took over for Proctor in the sixth and worked 2.2 shutout innings, allowing just a walk with three strikeouts.
The series will conclude on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT at Stanky Field. UTA will start junior righty Ka'ikepono Anderson (0-3, 5.01 ERA).
HOW THEY SCORED
The Mavs opened the scoring in the top of the third inning, getting Cook on with a hard-hit error up the middle. After taking second on a wild pitch, Cook scored after Olson ripped a one-hopper up the middle, sliding off the glove arm of the shortstop into centerfield.
USA immediately answered in the bottom of the third inning, getting a leadoff single from Dylan Hardy, who took second on a deep fly out. Carter Perkins then bounced an RBI single through the right side, scoring Hardy. After a single from Wells Davis pushed runners to the corners, Hunter Brittan hung a fly ball to rightfield to score Perkins.
In the fourth, Vaughan evened up the game with a first-pitch, solo homer out to rightfield. It marked his 12th homer of the year and the 21st of his career, making it a 2-2 game.
Hardy led off the fifth with a four-pitch walk, stole second and took third on Brendan Donovan's single to left. Perkins then singled into rightfield to allow Hardy to score and end Vassar's outing. Davis greeted the new reliever with an RBI single into the right-centerfield gap. After a single loaded the bases with one out, Michael Sandle chopped a high-hoping infield single off the plate to score Perkins.
Paul Russo led off the seventh with his second homer of the year, sent over the rightfield fence.
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