March 10, 2012
LAFAYETTE, La. - Freshman Mason Robbins blasted a solo home run to rightfield to lead off the top of the 11th and lift Southern Miss to a 4-3 road victory over Louisiana-Lafayette here Saturday afternoon at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.
Robbins' homer was one of three for the Golden Eagles (9-6) as they accounted for all of the visitors' runs. Heading into the contest, the Golden Eagles had hit just two home runs as a team. It also marked the team's first extra inning game in 2012.
Trailing 3-0 in the second, Golden Eagle freshman Bradley Roney connected on a Jordan Harrison pitch for an opposite field home run to cut the gap to 3-2. Roney drove in Robbins, who got on with an infield single in the previous at bat. Southern Miss tied the game in the fifth with a two-out solo shot from redshirt freshman Michael Sterling which went out to leftfield.
All three of the home runs were the first of the year for the trio.
Southern Miss fell behind early to the Ragin' Cajuns (9-6), giving up all three runs in the first. Dylan Butler and Chase Compton each collected run-scoring doubles while Tyler Frederick added an RBI single to give the Cajuns the early advantage.
After the three-run first, USM starter Jake Drehoff settled down and limited UL to no more runs as he lasted 5 2/3 innings surrendering three runs on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts for a no decision.
James McMahon then added 4 1/3 frames in relief and gave up just two hits and two walks while fanning three to garner the victory and improve to 2-0 on the campaign.
Roney, who hit a homer earlier in the game, came on to get the final two outs in the 11th with a strikeout and a groundout to end the game and get his second save of the year.
UL reliever, Caleb Kellogg, who came in for Harrison in the seventh, threw the final five innings and allowed a run on a hit with two walks and seven strikeouts to suffer the lost. He fell to 1-2.
The two teams will play the deciding game of the series Sunday at 1 p.m., after the Cajuns won on Friday night 12-5.
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