March 17, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss rallied with three runs in the bottom of the eighth to beat Murray State 9-7 here Saturday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
Behind a solid seven innings from Andrew Pierce, who allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits with six strikeouts, raced out to a 6-2 advantage.
Heading into the eighth, though, Pierce would be saddled with a no decision as the visitors had their first five batters reach base on reliever James McMahon and MSU scored their runs via a fielder's choice, a couple of walks, a hit batsmen and a sacrifice fly, all with the bases loaded to give them a 7-6 advantage.
Cody Livingston (1-0) came on to get the final out of the inning and get out the jam.
Down by a run, the Golden Eagles rallied for their three runs without the benefit of a hit. After a couple of walks to Travis Creel and Austin Roussel, Isaac Rodriguez put down a bunt in which pitcher Luke Shuemaker, the third MSU pitcher of the day, threw wildly to first and let both runners score to give USM the lead for good.
Michael Sterling then added a sacrifice fly to complete the scoring for the Eagles (11-8).
Livingston then worked around a two-out single in the ninth and registered two strikeouts in the frame to get the victory.
Robbins drove in the team's first run in the opening frame with a triple, before scoring later on an Ellis single and then added a solo home run to start the third inning. It was the first home run hit by a Southern Miss player at home this season.
The Golden Eagles also added an RBI single by Barron in the fourth, a run on a fielding error in the sixth and then a sacrifice fly from Ashley Graeter in the seventh.
Shuemaker pitched the final inning for MSU (9-10) and allowed three unearned runs on one hits and two walks to suffer the loss.
The two teams will play the deciding game of the series Sunday. Game time is set for 1 p.m.
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