March 2, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. - Mason Robbins collected four hits and Ryan Ellis added four runs batted in during his collegiate debut as Southern Miss exploded offensively for the second-straight game in a 16-2 victory Friday afternoon over Charleston Southern in the opening day of the Auburn Tournament at Plainsman Park.
The Golden Eagles (7-3) won for the fifth time in a row as they pounded out season highs for runs and hits (18). They continue in the Auburn Tournament Saturday with a 12 noon contest against Purdue and finish the event with a 3 p.m., tilt Sunday against the host Tigers.
Southern Miss got a strong starting pitching performance by sophomore Jay Myrick (1-0) who limited the Buccaneers (4-5) to a pair of runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts to win his first starting assignment of the campaign.
After scoring 30 runs in its first eight games, Southern Miss has equaled that total in the last two contests, after also scoring 14 times against Alabama on Wednesday night.
Offensively, Robbins extended his team-best hitting streak to seven games as he drove in the game's first run in the opening inning with a single.
Southern Miss went on to score two runs in the inning and then added a six-run third frame and tallied five more runs in the sixth to pull away in the game.
Ellis, a freshman making his collegiate debut, drove home four runs which included a two-run single in the third and two-run double in the sixth. The Columbia, Miss., native looked like he would redshirt this season, but got the start after senior outfielder Kameron Brunty injured his hand on an at bat against the Crimson Tide.
Golden Eagle reliever Paxton King threw two scoreless innings to finish the contest.
It was the first meeting between the two schools in baseball.
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