Adam Wolfe capped a six-run fifth inning with a grand slam to lead South Alabama to a 9-3 victory over Southern Miss Tuesday night at Eddie Stanky Field.
The Jaguars (7-1) handed the Golden Eagles their first loss of the 2016 season after the team's won their first seven games. The two teams meet again at 7:05 p.m., Wednesday, at MGM Park in Biloxi to complete their two-game season series.
The Golden Eagles out-hit South Alabama 9-6, but six Southern Miss pitchers issued a season-high 12 walks, including three in the pivotal fifth inning.
Reliever Austin Millet got an out in the fifth but walked two and the Golden Eagles went to the bullpen for Luke Lowery. After another walk to load the bases, Matt Bolger recorded a two-run single up the middle to give the Jaguars the lead. After Tanner Halstead reached base on a fielder's choice in which Taylor Braley's throw off a ground ball was late to second to reload the bases, Wolfe homered to deep left-centerfield. It was his second of the year.
The Jaguars, which left the bases in the first, finally got to Golden Eagle starter Stevie Powers with a sacrifice fly in the third to give them the 1-0 advantage.
Nick Dawson, who had two of the Golden Eagles hits, tied the score in the fifth with a run-scoring triple to left-center.
It was Dawson that triggered the Southern Miss offense again in the seventh down 7-1 as he singled in a run to right, before Jake Sandlin added an infield single to drive in another run.
South Alabama countered those two tallies by the Golden Eagles with two of their own in the bottom of the frame in on fielder's choice and then on a wild pitch.
USA starter Hunter Soleymani (1-0) registered the victory as he allowed three runs on six hits over 6 2/3 with a walk and four strikeouts. Southern Miss reliever Austin Millet, the second Golden Eagle pitcher, fell to 1-1 as he allowed two runs on three walks with a strikeouts over 1 2/3.