Southern Miss Baseball Report – May 5, 2013
Overall Record: 25-21; C-USA Record: 14-7 (1st place; 1 1/2 games)
Last Week's Results
April 30 – ULM at Southern Miss, Rained Out (Game cancelled; no makeup date)
May 3 – at East Carolina 6, Southern Miss* 4 (Dillon Day collected two hits and drove in a run)
May 4 – Southern Miss 10, at East Carolina* 9 – 11 Inn. (Chase Fowler drives in 3 runs including the go-ahead in 11th)
May 5 – at East Carolina 3, Southern Miss* 2 (Mason Robbins drives in both runs with a double in the eighth)
This Week's Schedule
May 10 – vs. SIUE, 6 p.m.
May 11 – vs. SIUE, 2 p.m.
May 12 – vs. SIUE, 1 p.m.
* The Golden Eagles continue to hold a 1 ½ game lead in the Conference USA regular-season title race despite having a five-series winning streak snapped at East Carolina over the weekend. The squad steps out of conference this weekend with SIUE, before finishing the home schedule, Tues., May 14, against Ole Miss and then traveling to Houston for the final three league games.
* Southern Miss improved to 2-2 in extra inning affairs after capturing an 11-inning contest at ECU on Saturday. It tied for the longest game of the season, in terms of innings, with a March 20 game versus Auburn in Mobile in a 4-3 loss.
* Dillon Day continued his solid play last week. He has now hit safely in his last seven games and has batted .593 (16x27) with three doubles, a home run, nine RBI and four runs scored over that span. He has seen his average rise 74 points over this span to its current .294 mark.
* Mason Robbins continues to swing a hot bat as he is 11 for his last 24 (.458) with a pair of doubles, a home run and 9 RBI over that span. Robbins is hitting .324 this season with a team-best 29 RBI.
* Southern Miss turned five double plays in the ECU series, including four on Saturday, to give them 64 for the season. The squad was ranked second nationally in total double plays turned heading into the weekend.
* The Golden Eagles had a game rained out last week – its Tuesday night home game against ULM. It was the second game Southern Miss has lost this season due to rain.
Golden Eagles Drop C-USA Opener at ECU 6-3 Friday Night
East Carolina overcame an early deficit to come back and defeat Southern Miss, 6-3, here Friday night in a Conference USA series opener at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
The Golden Eagles (24-20 overall, 13-6 C-USA) got two hits each from Travis Creel, Isaac Rodriguez and Dillon Day, as the team had a three-game winning streak snapped. Game two of the series is set to take place, Saturday, at 1 p.m., CT.
The visitors jumped out to a 3-0 in the top of the fourth. After Bradley Roney was hit by a pitch and Blake Brown walked to start the inning, Tim Lynch put down a perfect sacrifice bunt down before Chase Fowler walked to load the bases.
Day, the current C-USA Hitter of the Week, then blasted a Hoffman pitch down to first that ricocheted off ECU's Chase McDonald for an RBI single. Austin Roussel then added a sacrifice fly before Isaac Rodriguez knocked in the final run with a single.
McDonald, though, cut the gap in the bottom of the frame for ECU with a two-run home run to leftfield for his seventh of the season. Bryan Bass tied the score with a sacrifice fly later in the inning and Jack Reinheimer put the Pirates (25-21, 9-7) up for good with a run-scoring single.
Ben Fultz then added another run for ECU in the fifth on a run-scoring double and Travis Watkins completed the scoring later in the frame on a sacrifice fly.
Jeff Hoffman (5-5) went seven innings and allowed three runs on six hits with five walks and five strikeouts to capture the victory, while Jake Drehoff (2-5) lasted four-plus innings and gave up five runs on nine hits with two walks and a strikeout to suffer the loss.
Drew Reynolds pitched the ninth to register his 12th save of the season.
Chase Fowler Collects Three RBI to Lift Southern Miss over East Carolina 10-9 in 11 Innings
Chase Fowler drove in three runs, including a pair of game-tying RBIs in the eighth and the go-ahead run in the 11th, to lead Southern Miss to a 10-9 Conference USA extra-inning baseball victory over East Carolina here Saturday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
The Golden Eagles improved to 25-20 overall and 14-6 in C-USA play, keeping a two-game advantage in the league standings ahead of UCF. Southern Miss will vie for its sixth consecutive league series victory in a 10 a.m., CT game Sunday finale. Southern Miss improved to 2-2 in extra innings and also tied for the longest game in terms of innings this season as the Auburn contest in Mobile on March 20 also went 11 frames.
Mason Robbins and Dillon Day paced the Golden Eagle 13-hit attack with three apiece, while Fowler and Bradley Roney added two hits each.
After leading for the first seven innings of the game, thanks to a four-run top of the first, the Golden Eagles found themselves down by three runs heading into the ninth after ECU plated five runs, which included a three-run homer by Zach Houchins, his fifth, in the bottom of the eighth. Houchins led the Pirates with three hits and three RBI.
It was Isaac Rodriguez, though, who walked and Robbins followed by getting on base courtesy of a Pirate fielding error to start the ninth. Roney loaded the bases with a single through the left side, before Day singled in the first run. Fowler, who was hitting eighth in the Golden Eagle order, tied the game with a two-run double sending the game into extra innings.
The game remained tied until the 11th, when Fowler delivered a go-ahead sacrifice fly – his 26th of the season - and Andrew Furr followed with an RBI single to give USM a 10-8 advantage. The Pirates (25-22, 9-8) got a run in their half of the inning on a sacrifice fly but Roney held on for the victory to improve to 1-0 on the season.
Roney threw a season-high 3 1/3 innings and gave up two runs on four hits with a walk as he finished as the fourth Golden Eagle pitcher of the day. USM starter Andrew Pierce allowed three runs on nine hits over 6 1/3 frames and walked a career-high four, while fanning five.
ECU closer Drew Reynolds, the third of four Pirate hurlers, suffered the loss by allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk to fall to 3-2.
The Pirates allowed eight unearned runs on the day, as they committed four errors in the contest. Southern Miss, meanwhile, did not commit an error and turned four double plays in the contest to up their total to 64 for the season. They ranked tied for second in the country heading into the weekend with Mississippi State.
In the four-run first for the Eagles, Roussel started the game by reaching on a wild pitch after a strikeout and Creel followed by getting on via a ECU throwing error. After a walk to load the bases, Robbins drove in the first run with a single and Roney then got two runs home as he hit one that got between the legs of third baseman Houchins. Day then singled in the final run of the first.
USM went up 5-3 in the eighth as Rodriguez scored on a wild pitch.
The Pirates got back into the game with two runs in the sixth, another in the seventh and then had their big blow of five runs in the eighth.
Southern Miss Falls in Series Finale 3-2 on an ECU Game-Winning Single in the 9th
Chase McDonald hit a single through the left side in the bottom of the ninth to lift East Carolina to a 3-2 Conference USA baseball victory over Southern Miss here Sunday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium.
The Golden Eagles (25-21 overall, 14-7 C-USA) had a string of five-straight conference series wins snapped as the Pirates won two of three games in the set. Southern Miss, which holds first place in the league standings, has a 1 ½ game lead in the regular-season race and steps out of conference play next weekend with a three-game home set against SIUE.
Southern Miss outhit the Pirates, 11-7, as Mason Robbins led the way with three knocks and Travis Creel and Andrew Furr added two apiece.
In the pivotal bottom of the ninth, USM starter Conor Fisk collected a groundout before giving up three straight singles with the last coming to McDonald for the game winner.
ECU's Luke Lowery got the Pirates on the board with a solo home run around the leftfield fair pole in the fifth, his fourth of the year, for the 1-0 lead.
McDonald then added to the Pirate lead with a solo shot to left in the seventh, his eighth of the campaign, to make the score 2-0.
The Golden Eagles tied the contest in the eighth. Both Creel and Isaac Rodriguez each singled with one out, before Robbins hit a pitch into the left-centerfield gap to drive in both runners to even the ledger.
Fisk (4-2) suffered the loss for the Golden Eagles as he went all 8 1/3 innings and fanned three while not allowing a walk.
ECU reliever Brett Mabry (3-2) gave up a hit and a walk with a strikeout to get the victory for the Pirates.