March 19, 2011
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - Isaac Rodriguez collected a go-ahead double in the top of the 15th and Collin Cargill threw the final 7 2/3 innings of shutout relief to lead Southern Miss past Rhode Island 4-3 here Saturday evening in the second day of the Cougar Invitational.
The Golden Eagles (14-3) won for the sixth consecutive time as they played their longest game since May 3, 2005, when the program beat Louisiana-Monroe 4-2 in 15 innings at Jackson, Miss. After two days in the tournament, the Golden Eagles are the only undefeated team remaining in the event.
With two outs in the final frame, Ashley Graeter singled through the left side to get the rally going. Rodriguez, who also drove home a run on a groundout back in the fifth, then laced a Bobby Dean pitch into centerfield.
Graeter raced around from first and the throw in from the outfield was in time to get Graeter, but the catcher, Milan Adams, dropped the throw which allowed what proved to be the winning run to score.
Cargill, who had entered the game with 8 2/3 innings over eight outings, tied a career-long for an appearance by shutting out the Rams (8-7) since he entered the game in the eighth. Cargill, who improved to 1-0 on the year, allowed three hits and four walks (two intentional) while striking out six in the win.
The Golden Eagles took an early lead with a run in the fifth. Adam Doleac hit a drive to rightfield which was misplayed by Kyle Borden and allowed the designated hitter to get to third which set up the RBI groundout by Rodriguez.
The Rams jumped out into the lead with a two-run single by Greg Annarummo in the fifth, before the Golden Eagles tied the score in the seventh as they took advantage of a Ram error on a Jared Bales single.
Again URI took the lead in the bottom of the seventh as Jeff Cammons hit his first home run of the campaign to leftfield.
Then, Southern Miss tied the second in the top of the eighth on Mark Ellis' RBI single.
Southern Miss also overcame a season-high five errors as three Golden Eagle pitchers surrendered just one earned run. URI committed four errors.
The Golden Eagles end the Cougar Invitational with a 9 a.m., CT, contest against Connecticut. The Huskies come into the game 8-8, after losing to the Rams 18-3 on Friday before rebounding for a 3-1 victory over host College of Charleston on Saturday.
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