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Baseball Splits a Twinbill with UL Lafayette

March 6, 2011

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Marc Bourgeois homered and drove in two runs to lead Southern Miss in the opening game, but Louisiana-Lafayette used a four-run, fifth inning in the nightcap to split a doubleheader here Sunday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.

Southern Miss won the opener 6-5, while UL Lafayette captured the second game 8-4. After getting rained out the two previous days, the Golden Eagles (8-3) and Ragin' Cajuns (7-4) were able to finally get outdoors and enjoy a sunny, but cool afternoon.

Down 3-1 in the opening game, Adam Doleac who added two hits and a run batted in, opened the frame with a walk. After a stolen base and a groundout, Mark Ellis cut the gap to 3-2 with a RBI single. Bourgeois then followed with his first home run of the season, a shot to rightfield to take the lead.

Doleac then extended the advantage with a run-scoring double in the fifth, followed by an RBI single from Isaac Rodriguez to make the score 6-3.

The Cajuns closed the gap with a two-run homer from Jordan Poirrier, his second, as he led the Ragin' Cajuns offensively in the opening game with two hits and four RBI. Todd McInnis (2-1) had a strong outing for the Golden Eagles allowing five runs on five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over seven innings to get the win. Josh Rogers pitched a successful eighth and Collin Cargill worked around three hits in the ninth to get his fourth save of the campaign. It was also his 26th career save which established a school record, bypassing Daniel Best who tallied 25 from 2002-06.

Joey Satriano (0-1) took the loss by allowing six runs (five earned) on four hits and four walks over five innings of work.

In the nightcap, Chris Sinclair homered in the four-run fifth inning to erase a 3-2 Southern Miss advantage to as the Cajuns collected five hits in the frame and took advantage of a pair of walks to take the lead 6-3.

UL added another run on a Matt Goulas homer in the eighth and finished by scoring on a passed ball in the ninth.

Kameron Brunty got a pair of hits for Southern Miss as Vollmuth and Graeter each drove in runs along with Travis Creel.

Taylor Hubbell went 5 1/3 for UL to get the win as he limited the Golden Eagles to three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts to garner the victory and improve to 3-0.

Geoffrey Thomas was tagged with the loss after allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks to go along with two strikeouts to suffer his first loss of the season and fall to 2-1.

The Golden Eagles continue their seven-game homestand when they entertain South Alabama Tuesday. Game time is set for 6 p.m.

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