HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Junior rightfielder Mason Robbins (Leakesville, Miss.) belted a three-run home run and drove in a season-high tying four runs to lead Southern Miss to an 8-4 non-conference baseball victory over Alcorn State here Tuesday night at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
The Golden Eagles (3-5) snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory and continue their eight-game homestand with Alabama Wednesday, Feb. 26. Game time is set for 6 p.m., and it will be BLACKOUT The PETE night.
Junior shortstop Michael Sterling (Meridian, Miss.) led the 11-hit Golden Eagle attack with a double and two singles, while Robbins added a double and a homer and Bradley Roney and Tim Lynch added two hits each.
With the game tied at 3-3 in the sixth, junior centerfielder Connor Barron (Hattiesburg, Miss.) and Sterling each singled to open the inning and was followed by Robbins first homer of the season, a 2-1 pitch from Braves starter Colton Laird that went over the rightfield wall.
Southern Miss had jumped out with a couple of runs in the third without the benefit of a hit as the squad loaded the bases on a pair of hit by pitches and a walk. After a Dylan Burdeaux sacrifice fly for the first run of the contest, Tim Lynch then hit a ball to shallow left field that was dropped by Scotty Peavey to make the score 2-0.
After a RBI double from Sterling in the fourth to make it 3-0, Alcorn began its rally.
The visitors got RBI singles from Joshua Powell and Peavey in the fifth and then one more from Moses Charles in the sixth to tie the score.
The Braves (0-9) cut the gap to 6-4 in the eighth on an Southern Miss throwing error after a wild pitch, but the Golden Eagles added a couple of insurance runs in the bottom of the frame on a RBI double from Robbins and a sacrifice fly from Burdeaux. Robbins tied his season RBI total with his offensive output versus Chicago State on Feb. 15.
Southern Miss reliever Jake Winston (1-0) allowed a run on two hits over 1 1/3 innings to capture the victory, while ASU starter Colton Laird (0-2) suffered the loss. Laird allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits with five walks and a strikeout over seven innings in his outing.
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