Feb. 28, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Three Southern Miss pitchers combined on a one-hitter and the Golden Eagles used one big offensive inning to defeat Mississippi Valley State 5-1 in front of 3,137 at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field Tuesday night.
The Golden Eagles (5-3) won for the third consecutive game and will entertain Alabama Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m., in the final game of a stretch of eight of nine contests at home to start the season.
It will be BLACKOUT The Pete against the Crimson Tide and Golden Eagle fans are asked to wear black for the contest. Fans can by the official BLACKOUT shirt from Elite Screenprinting located on 40th Ave., by Mugshots Grill and Bar. They will also be handing out rally towels to the first 500 fans in attendance that day.
Taylor Nunez (1-0) was superb in his first collegiate start, giving up a leadoff single in the second for the only Delta Devil hit in the contest. He walked just one and fanned eight over six innings to get the victory in the contest, while also hitting a batter with one out in the sixth.
After a stolen base and a wild pitch following that hit batter, Nunez got Luke Brumfield to strikeout, but the ball landed in the dirt and USM catcher Chase Fowler threw down to first to retire the batter. First baseman Blake Brown had the throw skip off his glove allowing the lone visitor run to score.
"Once again we got outstanding pitching that kept the momentum on our side and gave us an opportunity to break it open whenever we got the chance," said third-year Southern Miss coach Scott Berry. "The storyline of this game was that we got good enough pitching and defense to give ourselves a chance to create a little offense."
Southern Miss scored four runs in the third to put the game out of reach early. With two outs, Andrew Furr and Michael Sterling each walked. After an infield single by Dillon Day, Kameron Brunty singled to rightfield and brought home the first two runs of the game. The Golden Eagles then added two more runs in the frame on a balk and a wild pitch.
"We needed that, and sometimes it's just one inning," said Berry. "But if it's one inning that wins the game, it's one inning that wins the game. If we don't have that inning, we're still tied and we're still out here playing this game in extra innings."
The Golden Eagles added their final run one inning later on a first-to-third double steal. Blake Brown scored from third before Furr was thrown out at second on the double steal.
MVSU starter Chris Broadway (0-2) allowed five earned runs over five innings on five hits with five walks and three strikeouts to suffer the loss for the 0-8 Delta Devils.
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