Photo Courtesy: UALR Athletics (Nelson Chenault)
LAFAYETTE, La. (SUN BELT) - Second-seeded South Alabama scored four runs in the bottom of the first and third innings and cruised to a 10-2 win over seventh-seeded UALR on Wednesday afternoon in game three of the 2013 Sun Belt Conference Baseball Tournament at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field in Lafayette, La.
USA (41-16) advances to face the winner of game four between third-seeded Louisiana-Lafayette and sixth-seeded FIU on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. CT in the winner's bracket while UALR (28-27) will face the loser of game 4 at 12:30 p.m. CT on Thursday.
Jag starter Anthony Izzio picked up the win for the Jags as he went eight solid innings giving up just the two earned runs on seven hits. He struck out three Trojans and walked one in the outing.
"I felt comfortable, but I can't give enough credit to the guys behind me. They made it look a lot easier than it was out there and all the credit goes to them," said Izzio, a Vancleave, Miss. product. "We are a resilient group and we knew we had to win game one. We will come out ready tomorrow and hopefully this carries over."
Jordan Patterson led the way for the Jags offensively as the SBC Player of the Year had three hits on the day with one RBI. USA's Jeff DeBlieux, Bud Collura and Nich Zaharion each chipped in with two hits and an RBi apiece.
The Jags chased UALR starter from the game early as the senior pitched just two innings in the Trojan loss. Of the six runs scored with Cleveland on the hill, only three were earned as the Trojans committed four errors on the day.
The Trojan offense was provided by David Guarno and Sam Vogel. Guarno drove in Bryson Thionnet in the fifth inning and Vogel connected on his fifth home run of the season in the top of the seventh.