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Dual Role Robbins Leads Eagles over Alcorn State

Tim Lynch

Tim Lynch

Feb. 24, 2013

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Sophomore Mason Robbins tossed six strong inning and added four hits and two runs batted in to lead Southern Miss past Alcorn State 7-2 here Sunday afternoon in the final day of the USM Invitational here at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.

The Golden Eagles improved to 5-2 behind a season-high 15 hits, including three from freshman Tim Lynch and two from senior Isaac Rodriguez.

Robbins (1-0) tied a career-best for both innings (six) and strikeouts (five) as he allowed one run on six hits and a walk.

He drove in the game's first run in the first with a double and then scored on a fielding error by Braves first baseman Jordan Boston to make the score 2-0 after a frame.

After getting a solo run in second on a RBI double by Dillon Day, the Golden Eagles extended the lead to 5-0 courtesy of a two-run single by sophomore Austin Roussel.

Alcorn (0-9) collected its first run with a Christian Hickman sacrifice fly in the sixth and then closed the gap to 5-2 in the top of the eighth with a pinch-hit RBI single from Josh Powell.

The Golden Eagles, though, got a run-scoring double by Rodriguez and an RBI single from Robbins to lengthen the final gap.

ASU starter Justin Lemond (0-2) allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits and a walk over 2 1/3 to suffer the loss.

Earlier in the day, Missouri State defeated Eastern Illinois 5-4 with a run in the bottom of the ninth.

The Golden Eagles start a five-game road swing Tuesday when they travel to Monroe, La., to face ULM (4-3). Game time is set for 6 p.m.

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