Michael Sandle had already extended his hit streak to five games an inning earlier. He was now up to bat one final time for the University of South Alabama on a sunny and warm Sunday afternoon at Stanky Field in Mobile.
The pitcher from Little Rock was on the mound talking with his teammates and coach, likely going over strategy on how to throw to the former Navarre standout who has established himself as one of Jaguars’ best hitters.
There were two outs and a runner at third here in the eighth inning. USA was ahead 9-8.
The last thing the Trojans wanted to have happen was give up another hit to a player more than capable of making you pay for a pitching mistake. The four homers Sandle has hit serve as a reminder.
Three straight balls, one that nearly hits him, find their way past Sandle. And then two strikes.
Sandle eventually strikes out but it matters little. The redshirt sophomore isn’t going to sweat it on a day where his line in the box score reads one hit and one run in five at-bats.
“I feel good. It doesn’t matter if don’t have any hits. As long as we win, I don’t care,” Sandle said.