Baseball Drops 14-6 DecisionMarch 12, 2003 · MT Media Relations
The visiting Bulldogs jumped all over the Blue Raiders. Matt Alling led off the game with a walk, moved to third on a wild pickoff attempt, and scored on a groundout by Richard Bishop.
Samford added five runs in the second, as Michael Collins and Justin Klinger both singled and Robert Evans doubled. Hunter Tubbs scored a run with a sacrifice fly to right before Jeff Dils singled home another with a single to right. Sae Evans then tripled in the final run of the frame, as the Bulldogs opened a 6-0 lead.
SU's Heath Owen led off with a single in the third before Klinger belted a 1-1 pitch over the centerfield wall for an 8-0 advantage. Alling singled and scored on a wild pitch in the fourth, and Evans doubled and scored on a groundout in the same inning for a 10-0 Bulldog lead.
The Blue Raiders finally got on the board in the fifth, as Shane Kemp drew a leadoff walk, Clif Thomas singled to center and Troy Harp drove in the run with a single to rightcenter. After a popout, Jeff Beachum plated Thomas with a single to left, making it 10-2 Samford.
Evans collected his third hit of the game in the sixth, a double to rightcenter to score Alling.
Dils drove in two more in the ninth with a single to rightcenter.
Samford starter Karl Zuch (1-0) allowed two runs on seven hits in five innings to get the win.
Evans had three hits and two RBIs for the winners, with Klinger driving in four runs and Bishop and Dils three apiece.
Carroll went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs for the Blue Raiders, while Thomas and Harp each had a pair of hits.
The Blue Raiders host Purdue in a three-game series this weekend beginning Friday with a 3 p.m. contest at Reese Smith Field.
Sophomore Nate Jaggers missed his first game this season and only the second game of his career Wednesday. Jaggers will miss one-to-three weeks with an injured left ankle ... Marcus Taylor extended his hitting streak to four games with a single in the fourth, and Brett Carroll made his three games with a single in the second.
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