March 20, 2012
OXFORD, Miss. - Blake Brown had three hits and drove home three runs and four Golden Eagle pitchers limited Ole Miss to three hits in a 10-0 Southern Miss victory here Tuesday night in baseball action at Oxford-University Stadium/Swayze Field.
The Golden Eagles (12-9) won for the third consecutive time over the Rebels as they banged out 17 hits in the contest. Chase Fowler added three hits, while Connor Barron, Mason Robbins, Travis Creel and Isaac Rodrigueztallied two apiece. The win was the first one for the Golden Eagles since Apr. 20, 2004.
Brown got the Golden Eagles going in the top of the first as he doubled off the top of the centerfield wall and then scored one batter later when Mason Robbinssingled to center. It extended the hitting streak for the freshman rightfielder to 18 games.
Southern Miss added three more runs in the fourth taking advantage of two Rebel errors. After a one-out single by Ashley Graeter, Ryan Ellishit a ball to leftfield that was misplayed to put runners on second and third. After a Creel sacrifice fly, Rodriguez and Fowler then drove in a run each with singles.
Brown added a three-run homer, his fourth of the year, in the seventh and the Golden Eagles finished their scoring on an RBI single by Barron and a two-run single by Michael Sterling in the eighth to complete the USM scoring.
Boomer Scarborough, Paxton King, James McMahon and Bradley Roneylimited Ole Miss (15-6) to the team's first combined shutout since beating New Orleans 1-0 on April 17, 2011.. King got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fifth with a flyout and then McMahon threw three scoreless innings before Roney tossed an almost perfect ninth.
King was credited with the victory and improved to 1-0 on the year.
The Golden Eagles return to action this weekend when they open Conference USA play at home against Houston. Southern Miss and the Cougars play 6 p.m., contests on Friday and Saturday before finishing the set with a 1 p.m., game on Sunday.
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