13-Run Inning Lifts Golden Eagles over Houston 17-2
USM wins C-USA opening series and will look for sweep in finale on Sunday.
March 24, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss exploded for 13 runs in the fifth and Jake Drehoff tossed his first complete game of the season as the Golden Eagles defeated Houston 17-2 in Conference USA action here Saturday night at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in a game called after seven innings due to the league 15-run rule for the second game of the series.
The Golden Eagles (14-9 overall, 2-0 C-USA) won for the third consecutive game, having scored 35 runs over that span. The 17-run total was a season high for Southern Miss as the squad scored in five of seven innings during the contest.
Southern Miss also tied a season-high for hits with 18 as Isaac Rodriguez went 4-for-4 and drove in two runs, while Mason Robbins and Ashley Graeter added three hits each, and Connor Barron and Chase Fowler added two hits each. Fowler also drove in four runs, while Robbins was a home run away from the cycle having collected a single, double and triple.
Blake Brown started the big-scoring inning for the Golden Eagles as he blasted his fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot to right-centerfield, to start the fifth. Southern Miss went on to score 13 runs on nine hits and take advantage of two UH errors to blow the game open. The high-scoring inning was the most since tallying 10 against Tulane on April 30, 2010.
Drehoff struggled in the opening frame as he allowed a leadoff walk and then a one-out triple by Chase Jenson, who then stole home to make it 2-0.
The redshirt freshman from Alpharetta, Ga., then allowed a single and a walk before retiring the next 11 batters and allowed just two hit batsmen as the only base runners for the remainder of the contest after the first. He went on to fan three and walk two to earn the Golden Eagles' first complete game of the season and improve to 3-0 on the year.
Freshman lefthander Cody Livingston (1-0, 2.84 ERA) of Brandon, Miss., will get the start for the Golden Eagles, while righthander Austin Pruitt (1-2, 2.03 ERA) is slated to go in the finale for UH (9-12, 0-2) Sunday. Game time is set for 1 p.m.