March 16, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Tyler Beers threw eight strong innings and Murray State scored five earned runs in the fifth to rally for an 11-6 baseball victory over Southern Miss here Friday night at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in the first of a three-game series.
Beers (2-1) scattered six runs on nine hits and struck out four while walking two to capture the victory. He retired 11 of the final 12 batters he faced, allowing just a two-out walk in the eighth which did not lead to any damage.
The teams traded runs over the first three innings and the score was tied at 3-3, before the Golden Eagles (10-8) rallied for a three-run fourth.
Chase Fowler drove in the first run with as single, before Connor Barron, who had three of USM's nine hits, added an RBI single of his own and then scored one batter later on a Michael Sterling double.
With the Eagles leading 6-3, Jacob Rhodes led off the fifth for MSU (9-9) and reached on fielding error by second baseman Conner Barron. After a single to Mike Kozlowski, who had three hits and drove in three runs, singled After a pair of outs, Noah Zipko drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk. Paul Ritzheimer, who had four hits and drove in two runs, then doubled in two runs and Ty Stetson followed with a two-run single.
The visitors added three more runs in the ninth to increase their final advantage. USM reliever Chase Horn (0-3) allowed five unearned runs on four hits and three walks to suffer the loss. Three Golden Eagle pitchers combined to surrender 11 walks in the contest.
Game two of the series is set for 1 p.m., Saturday. The Golden Eagles will wear commemorative green jerseys to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Father Tommy Conway, Pastor of St. Thomas Catholic Church, is slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the contest. Golden Eagle fans are encouraged to wear green for the contest.
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