Golden Eagles Pierce Stiffles @UofMBaseball in 8-1 Loss
April 20, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Southern Miss (21-17, 10-4 C-USA) starter Andrew Pierce allowed one run on five hits in a complete game effort as the Golden Eagles clinched the series against Memphis (24-16, 7-7 C-USA) at FedExPark on Saturday.
Southern Miss jumped ahead with a two-out RBI single by Isaac Rodriguez. A leadoff walk and a one-out single by Mason Robbins put runners on first and second. A chopper to first was fielded cleanly for the second out, but runners moved to second and third. Rodriguez delivered the two-out RBI single just past the glove of the first baseman and two runs score to give Southern Miss a 2-0 lead.
Memphis answered with a two-out hit of their own, but the Golden Eagles escaped the inning without allowing the Tigers to knot the score. Ethan Gross worked a one out walk and Tucker Tubbs reached on an infield single. With runners on the corners and two outs, Keaton Aldridge belted a single through the right side bringing in the Tigers first run of the afternoon. Pierce worked out of the jam, inducing a fly out to center to strand Tigers on the corners.
Two errors put two runners on for the Tigers in the second, but Southern Miss used a strikeout and groundout to leave the runners stranded. The Golden Eagles added to the lead with a two-out RBI single by Rodriguez in the third. Blake Brown stretched a single to a double with a rope down the leftfield line and he scored on the Rodriguez single. Rodriguez tried to stretch his single to a double, but he was thrown out at second to end the inning, but not before Southern Miss scored to make it 3-1.
Southern Miss blew the game open with five runs in the seventh to lead it 8-1. Three-straight singles loaded the bases, but a fielder's choice with the infield drawn in got the runner at the plate for the first out. Travis Creel singled to right and moved to second on an error that allowed three runs to score. With two outs in the inning and Creel on second, Brown laced a home run just over the leftfield fence to end the scoring in the inning.
After the second inning, Memphis managed to get four base runners, but double plays erased two of them while a runner was caught stealing and another stranded on first to end the game. Pierce finished the complete game having allowed five hits while walking two and striking out seven. Erik Schoenrock took the loss as he allowed eight runs on 10 hits over seven innings.
The Tigers look to salvage a game in the series when the two teams meet for the final time as league opponents on Sunday at 1 p.m.