March 27, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss third baseman Travis Creel tallied a career-best three hits and drove in three runs to lead Southern Miss to a 7-5 non-conference baseball victory over Louisiana-Monroe here Tuesday night at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
The Golden Eagles (15-10) won for the fourth time in the last five games as they tallied their 11 double-digit hit game of the season with 11.
Down 4-3 in the fifth, Kameron Brunty - who made his first game appearance since injuring his hand on Feb. 29 against Alabama - knocked in the tying run at 4-4 with a groundout.
Then Creel put the Golden Eagles up for good with a two-run homer to left off of ULM reliever Fraser Adams (0-1) to put USM up for good in the contest. Adams suffered the loss by giving up three runs on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts to suffer the defeat. It was Creel's first home run since Feb. 23, 2011, against Alcorn State.
The Golden Eagles, which got two runs in the second on a RBI single from Creel and a sacrifice fly by Michael Sterling, added a solo run in the fourth on a bases-loaded walk to Joe Martin and then completed their scoring in the seventh with a RBI single from Fowler.
ULM scored three times in the top of the second and once more in the fourth on USM starter Boomer Scarborough, who allowed four runs on five hits and four walks with six strikeouts over four innings to not earn a decision in the contest..
The Warhawks (13-12) also tallied a solo run in the ninth.
Jay Myrick kept the visitors off the scoreboard for four innings and surrendered just a hit and two walks with a pair of strikeouts to get the victory and improve to 2-1. Bradley Roney threw the ninth to earn his third save of the campaign.
Southern Miss now takes to the road to face C-USA power Rice (19-8, 2-1 C-USA) this weekend for a three-game series. Game times are set for 6:30 p.m., Friday, 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 1 p.m., on Sunday. The series finale will be televised by Fox Sports Net.
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