Homers Lift Troy over Eagles in Series Finale
March 3, 2013
TROY, Ala. - A pair of home runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh helped lead Troy to an 8-3 non-conference baseball victory here over Southern Miss Sunday afternoon at Riddle-Pace Field.
The Golden Eagles (6-5) dropped two of three games in the series after winning the opener 12-4 on Friday.
With Southern Miss leading 2-1 in the sixth, Troy's Jake Harrell notched a solo shot to right-center, his first of the year, to tie the score before the Trojans took the lead for good two batters later with a two-run shot from Peyton Fuller, his first of the campaign.
The Trojans (8-3) added another homer an inning later, a two-run shot by Danny Collins, his fourth, to make the score 6-3 before adding two more unearned runs on a pair of Golden Eagles in the eighth to pull away in the contest.
Isaac Rodriguez had put the Golden Eagles up 2-1 in the sixth with a solo home run to leftfield. It was his first homer in 300 at bats, since hitting a shot at Memphis on Apr. 8, 2011.
The Trojans started the scoring with a run in the fourth on an RBI single from Trae Santos, but the Golden Eagles limited the damage as starter Mason Robbins worked out of a bases-loaded jam by getting a flyout to center to end the threat.
Southern Miss evened the score in the fifth with a solo tally. After singles to start the frame by Blake Brown and Tim Lynch, Rodriguez moved the runners up a base with a sacrifice before Austin Roussel knocked in Brown on a groundout to first base.
Tanner Hicks went got the victory to improve to 2-0 on the strength of six innings, allowing just two runs on just four hits and three walks with six strikeouts. Nate Hill allowed a run on four hits over the final three frames to earn his first save of the year.
Robbins lasted five-plus innings for the Golden Eagles and suffered his first Golden Eagle career loss and is now 1-1 on the year. Robbins gave up four runs on six hits and added four walks with three strikeouts.
The Golden Eagles complete their five-game road swing on Wednesday when they travel to Mobile to face South Alabama. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m.