HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Conor Fisk did it on the mound and Connor Barron at the plate Friday night to lead Southern Miss to a 3-1 non-conference baseball victory over Troy here Friday night at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
The Golden Eagles (5-5) won for the third-straight time as the squad opened a three-game series with the visiting Trojans. Game two is set for Saturday at 2 p.m. For Southern Miss coach Scott Berry, it was a great team victory that the Golden Eagles achieved in the series opener.
"We talked after the game about how it was a great team win," said Berry. "Now not everybody's name will be in the box score, but everybody was in that game, pulling for one another. That's been the missing ingredient we've lacked this year."
Three Golden Eagle pitchers combined to strikeout a team season-high 16 Trojans, while Fisk fanned a career-best 13 in the contest including punching out the side three times over seven innings of work. The senior from Brown Deer, Wis., allowed just five hits, only two past the third inning, and a run on a Trevin Hall third-inning RBI single as his only scoring blemish of the contest to get the victory and improve to 1-0.
Senior Jay Myrick (Spanish Fort, Ala.) fanned two in the eighth and junior Bradley Roney (Wetumpka, Ala.) finished the game with a strikeout to earn his third save of the season and 21st of his career to move into fourth place on the school's career chart for that category.
Offensively it was the Golden Eagles that jumped out early in the game with single tallies in both the first and second innings.
With one out in the bottom of the initial frame, junior Michael Sterling (Meridian, Miss.) walked. After a single by junior Mason Robbins (Leakesville, Miss.), Matt Durst recorded a one-base hit to left which gave the home squad the early advantage. In the second inning, Barron - a junior from Hattiesburg, Miss. - produced a one-out double into the leftfield corner that plated Nick Dawson from first base to increase the advantage to 2-0.
Barron, who along with Dawson each had two of the Golden Eagles' eight hits in the contest, drove in the game's final run in the sixth on a single, scoring Roney on the play. Roney had started the inning with a walk. After a flyout and a Dawson single, Barron laced a Tanner Hicks' pitch through the right side of the infield to knock in the game's final run.
Hicks (1-2) gave up all three runs on eight hits and walked two with six strikeouts to suffer the loss for Troy (6-4).
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