March 6, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Whitt Dorsey had two hits and drove in a pair of runs to lead South Alabama to a 5-3 baseball victory over Southern Miss in front of 3,313 at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field here Tuesday night.
Southern Miss (8-5) outhit the Jaguars 10-9 including two hits each from Michael Sterling, Mason Robbins, Blake Brown and Dillon Day, but the visitors were able to put together a three-run fifth which proved to be the difference.
Jaguar starter Phillip Byrd (1-0) scattered three runs on eight hits with a walk and a career-high seven strikeouts to collect the victory.
"I think the storyline for us was on offense," Berry said. "I tip my hat to Byrd, their starter. He had a great mix of pitches and left the ball down in the zone. I'm for my team, so I expected us to make adjustments better than we did. I don't want to take anything away from that young man, but I was disappointed in our ability to adjust."
Southern Miss left runners stranded in six different innings, which included leaving the bases loaded in the seventh.
Dorsey put the Jaguars up with an RBI groundout in the second to score Blake Hook, who tripled to start the inning.
In the three-run fifth, Dorsey broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI single and later scored on a wild pitch. Nick Zaharion added an RBI single of his own later in the frame to make the score 4-1.
USA (4-8) added one more run in the eighth on a double play with the bases loaded. Travis Creel opened the Golden Eagle scoring with a run on a wild pitch in the second and the Golden Eagles added two more in the sixth on a misplayed throw from leftfielder Zaharion and a sacrifice fly by Ryan Ellis.
Taylor Nunez (1-1) suffered the loss for the Golden Eagles, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Andrew Pierce threw the final three innings for the Golden Eagles allowing just one hit and fanned one.
The Golden Eagles return to action this weekend when they travel to Louisiana-Lafayette for a three-game series. Southern Miss will play the Ragin' Cajuns at 6 p.m., on Friday, 2 p.m., on Saturday and 1 p.m., on Sunday.
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