March 9, 2012
LAFAYETTE, La. - Chris Sinclair had two hits and drove in four runs as Louisiana-Lafayette rallied from an early deficit to beat Southern Miss 12-5 here Friday night at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field in the opening game of a three-game set.
After the Golden Eagles (8-6) scored three runs in the first inning, the Ragin' Cajuns rallied for six runs in the third and four more in the fourth to put the game away.
Blake Brown led Southern Miss with three RBI including a bases-loaded walk in the first and a two-run double in the seventh.
The Golden Eagles got three runs in the first inning as the first five batters reached base to start the game. After a walk to Connor Barron and Michael Sterling was hit by a pitch, Ashley Graeter tallied a bunt single to load the bases.
Mason Robbins then extended his hitting streak to a season-best 11 games with an infield single to score Barron. Brown then added an RBI walk and Dillon Day knocked in a run on a fielder's choice to give the visitors the early 3-0 advantage.
Southern Miss held off a pair of rallies as five Ragin Cajuns were left stranded on base over the first two innings, but the Cajuns exploded for six runs on five hits and two walks to take the lead for good in the third.
It was the first time USM had given up runs in the third innings, heading into the game outscoring its opponents 20-0 in that frame. Sinclair had the big blow in the inning with a two-run single.
The Cajuns also got two RBI from Ryan Leonards, Tyler Girouard and Dominick Francia, while Southern Miss was led by Robbins with two singles.
Jordan Nicholson (2-1) allowed three runs on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts to get the victory while Jay Myrick got tagged with the loss after allowing five runs over 2 1/3 innings to fall to 1-1 on the season.
USM reliever Paxton King went the final 5 2/3 innings for the Golden Eagles and struckout a career-best nine batters keeping the
The two teams will continue the series with a 2 p.m, contest Saturday afternoon.
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