Feb. 26, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - It was solid pitching for Southern Miss for the second consecutive day with four Golden Eagle pitchers limiting Troy to four hits in an 8-1 victory here Sunday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
The Golden Eagles won the final two games of the series to take their second three-game series to start the campaign and improve to 4-3 on the year.
Boomer Scarborough (1-0) surrendered two hits and five walks with two strikeouts over five innings to get the victory. Cody Livingston then allowed an unearned run on a hit with a walk and two strikeouts over the next two frames, while Paxton King and Bradley Roney each threw scoreless innings. King fanned a batter, while Roney struck out two in the ninth.
The Golden Eagles meanwhile jumped out to a 2-0 advantage after an inning as Trojan starter Adam Purdy (0-2) had trouble getting the ball over the plate. Lasting just seven batters, Purdy got two outs but allowed a hit, three walks and hit two batters to suffer the loss.
"We were disciplined at the plate in the first inning," said Southern Miss coach Scott Berry. "We didn't move the ball much, but we were patient. Their guy struggled and we were able to take an early 2-0 lead, and the thing that made me the most proud today was we never gave the momentum back. We just keep plugging away."
Southern Miss then put the game out of reach in the fourth with four more runs.
After a fly out, Jared Bales delivered an infield single, before Ashley Graeter reached on a throwing error by Trojan third baseman Danny Collins to put runners at second and third. Freshman Mason Robbins then drove home both runners with a single up the middle.
Robbins was picked off of first base as it looked liked the rally would end, but a walk by Brown and a single by Austin Roussel kept the inning alive. Travis Creel then doubled down the left field to drive in both runners and make the score 6-0.
After Troy scored its lone run on a USM fielding error, in the top of the sixth, the Golden Eagles fought right back as pinch hitter Andrew Furr delivered a RBI single to rightfield.
Brown added the game's final run by scoring on a wild pitch after a strikeout in the seventh.
Southern Miss continues its five-game homestand Tuesday night when they entertain Mississippi Valley State in a 6 p.m., contest.
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