Trojans fall in game one to South Alabama

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MOBILE, AL – Little Rock’s bats went quiet and their pitching wasn’t firing on all cylinders in their series opening 8-1 loss to South Alabama, Friday night in Mobile, Ala.
 
Little Rock falls to 21-23 (13-8 Sun Belt) while South Alabama improves to 23-22 (10-12 Sun Belt).
 
Chandler Fidel took the ball to start the contest and worked through five innings, allowing four earned runs and striking out nine hitters on the night. Fidel suffered his fourth loss of the season, falling to 5-4 overall.
 
South Alabama struck first with a solo home run in the opening frame to take an early 1-0 lead. In the first two innings, the Trojans racked up three hits but had nothing to show for it.
 
The Jaguars extended their lead in the fourth inning by scoring three runs, using two hits and two walks, to make it a 4-0 lead.
 
Little Rock’s bats went quiet for six innings as they were unable to get anything going offensively.
 
In the sixth inning, Dillon Delgadillo was the next hurler to toe the rubber for the Trojans. He tossed a perfect inning before allowing two runs in his next inning of work.
 
McKinley Moore came on to relieve Delgadillo in the seventh and managed to stop the bleeding in the inning.
 
South Alabama tacked on two more insurance runs in the eighth to make the score 8-0 in favor of the hosts.
 
In the final frame, James Gann doubled in his pinch-hit opportunity. This was the senior’s first at-bat since April 2, coming back from an injury. Nathan Lyons came on to pinch run and scored on a Troy Alexander single to score the lone run of the game for Little Rock. However, it wasn’t enough, as the Jaguars held on to win for the 8-1 victory.
 
Game two of the series will take place tomorrow at 6:30 p.m., the Trojans looking to even up the series.

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