10th Inning Dooms Baseball against South Alabama
The Golden Eagles play extra innings for the second time in the last five games.
March 26, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Reserve catcher Brent Mitchell collected a two-run single in the top of the 10th to lead No. 24 South Alabama over Southern Miss 3-1 here Tuesday night at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
With the score tied at 1-1 in the extra inning, USA's Jordan Patterson started the final inning by reaching on a throwing error by shortstop Michael Sterling. After a single and a walk courtesy of USM reliever Cody Livingston, Daniel Wineski entered the game. Mitchell, who came in as a defensive replacement for Whitt Dorsey in the eighth, connected on a 2-2 pitch to left that gave USA the go-ahead runs.
The Jaguars (22-4) had taken the initial lead with a run on a single and fielding error to center by Dillon Day in the sixth, but a lineout double play and strikeout got the Golden Eagles out of the inning.
The game remained that way until the ninth. Southern Miss (9-15) started the stanza with Robbins delivering a triple, his second of the campaign, and then scored on a Blake Brown single to left-centerfield. Robbins finished the contest with four of the Golden Eagles eight hits, notching his second four-hit affair of the season.
The Golden Eagles had a chance in the 10th. After a pair of strikeouts, Day walked and Robbins singled but Isaac Rodriguez stuck out to end the game.
Kyle Bartsch, who came in the ninth and gave up the lead, registered the victory to improve to 3-0 as the Eagles collected a run on two hits with a strikeout. James Traylor fanned allowed a hit and a walk but fanned three in the extra frame to get his first save of the campaign.
USM starter Luke Lowery, in his first collegiate start, allowed an unearned run on five hits and four walks with five strikeouts for a no decision. USA starter Matt Bell, threw six scoreless innings and gave up three hits and a walk with three punchouts.
Southern Miss next takes to the road for Conference USA action when they travel to Orlando, Fla., for the final time in meeting UCF. The series will take place Thursday-Saturday with game times set for 5:30 p.m. CT, on Thursday and Friday and at 11:30 a.m., CT on Saturday.
All three games can be heard on the Southern Miss IMG Sports Network with flagship station WKZW-FM, 94.3, to broadcast the game in the Hattiesburg/Laurel area.