Roney Homer, Giannini Pitching Lifts Southern Miss over Missouri 2-1 Sunday
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Bradley Roney provided all the offense Southern Miss needed Sunday afternoon and then got the final four outs on the mound to lead the Golden Eagles over Missouri, 2-1, at Taylor Stadium.
The Golden Eagles (7-9) snapped a three-game losing streak, while Missouri fell to 6-7 on the year.
For the second time this season, Southern Miss starter Cameron Giannini stymied the Tigers on the mound. Giannini limited Mizzou to an unearned run on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings to get the victory.
Roney then came in and got the final four outs - with three strikeouts - to get his fifth save of the year and 23rd of his career to move into a third-place tie on the school's career chart for that category with Tyler Conn (2007-08).
The Golden Eagles took their first lead of the weekend in the top of the fourth. Dylan Burdeaux started the frame with a single up the middle. After a flyout, Roney hit a 3-1 Eric Anderson over the wall just inside the leftfield line to give the visitors a 2-0 advantage. Roney finished the game offensively with three of the visitors' six hits.
Anderson (0-2) lasted just four innings for the Tigers as he allowed two runs on four hits and four strikeouts to suffer the loss.
Southern Miss had a chance to increase their lead in the fifth when Breck Kline and Nick Dawson each reached on fielding errors. After a sacrifice bunt by Connor Barron, Mason Robbins and Burdeaux each hit flyouts to end the frame. The Golden Eagles left eight runners on base in the contest.
The Tigers finally got their offense going in the eighth to tally their lone run. With the bases loaded and two outs, Giannini got a ground ball to short which was bobbled by Kline and allowed Jake Ivory to score from third, who reached earlier in the inning on a fielder's choice. Roney then came in and fanned Kendall Keeton looking to end the only threat for the Tigers in the contest.
Roney hit a batter to start the ninth, but got a strikeout and a caught stealing before allowing a walk. He then fanned pinch hitter Keaton Steele to end the contest.
The Golden Eagles return to action Tuesday when they entertain New Orleans in a 6 p.m., contest at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.