March 1, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Troy starting pitcher Shane McCain limited Southern Miss to just four hits over seven innings as the visiting Trojans shutout the Golden Eagles 5-0 here Saturday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Golden Eagles (5-6) and evened the series at one-game apiece with the finale set for Sunday at 1 p.m. It was the first shutout of Southern Miss since losing 3-0 to Rice on March 23, 2013.
McCain fanned six and walked just two keeping Southern Miss off balanced for most of the afternoon to get the victory and improve to 2-1. Jeremy McGowan threw the final two frames and gave up just one hit and fanned two to earn his first save of the campaign.
Tim Lynch led Southern Miss with two of the home squad's five hits.
For Troy, they got three hits each from Tyler Vaughn and Trevin Hall of its 11-hit attack and took the early lead with a solo run in the second. Jo-El Bennett led off that frame with a triple down the rightfield line and then scored two batters later when Adam Tewksbury recorded a sacrifice fly.
The Trojans (7-4) added two more runs in the third on a groundout by Matthew Howard, following by a run-scoring single by Nick Masonia.
Golden Eagle starter Cameron Giannini (0-1) settled down after that, not allowing any more runs over his final three innings of work and retiring the final seven batters he faced. Giannini, who notched his second consecutive quality start, allowed three runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts to suffer the loss.
The Trojans added two more runs in the top of the ninth on a sacrifice fly from Garrett Pitts and a bases loaded walk to Kyle Brown to finish the game's scoring.