Saints Fall To South Alabama, 16-1
March 5, 2004
MOBILE, Ala. - South Alabama senior Jansen Rayborn hit for the cycle with a 4-for-4 night with 2 RBI and Joey Doan tossed six scoreless innings as the Jaguars routed Siena 16-1 at Stanky Field Friday night in front of 855 fans. The game was called in the seventh inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Doan, who improved to 1-1 on the season, allowed two hits in the first inning, but silenced the Saints bats until giving up two more hits in the fourth. The freshman pitcher walked four and struck out one for the evening.
Five Jaguars collected two RBI behind Rayborn, Justin Hawarah, Quendon Montgomery, Michael Cart and Clark Secchiari. South Alabama's 17 hits was a season-best and USA has posted 10-plus hits in three consecutive games. The Jaguars (3-6) also scored in every inning against Siena (3-6).
In the bottom of the first, Rayborn drilled the first pitch from Siena's Ryan Bitter (1-1) off the wall in right-center for a leadoff triple. Hawarah, who started at third base, singled to left, scoring Rayborn from third. Adam Lind, who finished 3-for-5 on the night, followed with a double to left to score Hawarah and give the Jaguars an early 2-0 lead.
Rayborn followed his first-inning triple with a double to left and Hawarah collected another RBI single for a 3-0 lead. After a Lind single, which moved Hawarah to third, Josh Touchstone walked to load the bases. Bitter couldn't manage to help himself out as he hit Montgomery for another Jaguar run. Cart, the Jaguars' designated hitter, smashed a two-out double, scoring Lind and Touchstone.
In the bottom of the third, South Alabama's Kevin Williams was hit by a pitch, stole second and eventually made it to third on a Saints' error. Rayborn followed with a single to left, but was thrown out trying to advance to second. Williams scored on the play for a 7-0 USA lead through three innings.
The Jaguar bats refused to go quietly with leadoff home runs in the fourth and fifth innings from Lind and Rayborn, respectively. It was the first home run of the season for both Jaguars. Lind tagged a monster home run to right field, while Rayborn's shot was to left-center to successfully hit for the cycle. USA managed to score seven runs in the fifth on five hits to put the game out of reach.
"We played a good game today," said South Alabama head coach Steve Kittrell. "Tomorrow is a new day and we have to come out and play well. This Siena team beat Charlotte two-out-of-three (games) and beat New Orleans 5-2 in a game. We swung it really well today. They're a scrappy ball club and I know they'll come back tomorrow and play us tough."
South Alabama and Siena continue their three-game series with a Saturday tilt scheduled for 1 p.m Children 13-and-under will be admitted free. The final game will be decided on Sunday at 1 p.m. as well.