March 17, 2013
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Four Southern Miss pitchers held Central Arkansas to four hits and the Golden Eagles got RBI singles from Isaac Rodriguez and Austin Roussel to defeat the No. 30 Bears 2-1 here Sunday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
The Golden Eagles (8-11) snapped a five-game losing streak while the nationally ranked Bears fell to 17-3.
Southern Miss starter Conor Fisk limited the visiting Bears to a run on three hits with four walks and five strikeouts over five-plus innings to get the victory and improve to 1-1 this season. It was only his second appearance of the year as he missed the first three weeks of the campaign with an arm injury.
The Brown Deer, Wis., native retired seven in a row at one point and worked out a of bases loaded jam in the fourth with a strikeout of Tyler Langley looking to end the frame.
The Golden Eagles then registered both of their runs in the bottom of the inning. Jared Bales drew a one-out walk and then Blake Brown got hit by a pitch after one out later. Rodriguez then laced a single to leftfield to drive in the first run and Roussel added an infield single to plate the final USM run.
Fisk found himself in trouble again in the sixth with the bases loaded and no one out, before the Golden Eagles called for Jay Myrick out of the pen. The junior righthander got Scott Zimmerle to ground into a double play which accounted for UCA's lone run and then enticed a foul pop out to first to end the threat.
Myrick returned for the seventh got one out, before southpaw Cody Livingston came out of the pen to retire two left-handed hitters.
The Golden Eagles went to the bullpen again to start the eighth for sophomore Bradley Roney. After hitting the first two batters he faced, Michael Marietta put down a sacrifice to put runners at second and third. Zimmerle was intentionally walked, before Roney fanned the final two batters to get out of the jam.
Roney then retired the side in the ninth including strikeout to end the game to get his second save of the season and 13th for his career.
UCA starter Bryce Biggerstaff, who earlier this season no-hit Jackson State, suffered the loss to fall to 2-1 on the campaign as he allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts.
The Golden Eagles return to action Wednesday when they travel to Mobile, Ala., to face Auburn in a 7 p.m., contest at Hank Aaron Stadium - the home of the Double A Mobile BayBears.