March 1, 2013
TROY, Ala. - Southern Miss exploded for three big scoring innings and got another solid start from Andrew Pierce as the Golden Eagles opened a three-game series here Friday night with a 12-4 victory over Troy at Riddle-Pace Field.
The Golden Eagles improved to 6-3 as they collected their third-straight double-digit hit game with 13.
Tim Lynch led three Southern Miss players with multiple hits with three while driving in two runs. Mason Robbins and Isaac Rodriguez each added two hits, while Dillon Day, Bradley Roney and Chase Fowler all drove home two runs each.
Southern Miss scored three times in both the first and second frames and then tied a season-high inning scoring with six more tallies in the sixth to put the game away.
Pierce, who has thrown at least seven innings in all three starts this season, improved to 3-0 on the year behind an 11-strikeout night in which he walked just one hitter. Pierce allowed just a two-run home run to Trae Santos in the seventh and RBI doubles to Logan Pierce and Danny Collins in the eighth for the only damage he allowed during the contest.
Paxton King then came in and retired the final five Trojans (6-3) and fanned three to keep the home team in check.
The double-digit strikeout performance from Pierce was his sixth of his career.
Troy starter Will Starling (2-1) allowed 10 runs (nine earned) over four-plus innings and fanned five while walking two to suffer the loss.
After the Golden Eagles got their first run of the game in the opening frame on a dropped fly ball by Jo-El Bennett in centerfield, Lynch knocked a two-run double to right-centerfield to end the scoring in the first.
A RBI triple and then a run-scoring double from Fowler and Day, respectively, accounted for the first two runs in the second before an RBI fielder's choice by Robbins to give the Eagles a 6-0 advantage.
Southern Miss then completed its scoring in the sixth as the first four hitters reached base with singles - the last from Blake Brown driving in a run.
Connor Barron then was walked to drive home a run, before Roney knocked in two runs with a double. The Golden Eagles increased the lead with a Fowler sacrifice fly before Day plated the final run with a groundout.
Game two of the series is set for 1 p.m., Saturday. The contest can be heard on the Southern Miss IMG Network with the broadcast set to start at 12:45 a.m.