April 5, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss scored seven runs in the seventh to register a 9-7 come-from-behind victory over Alcorn State here Thursday night at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in the first of a three-game series.
The Golden Eagles improved to 17-12 on the season, while the Braves fell to 7-23.
Freshman Mason Robbins led the Golden Eagles with three hits and a pair of runs batted in, while Isaac Rodriguez added two hits and Ashley Graeter tallied a a hit and two RBI. Angel Rosa led the Braves with four hits and four RBI.
Southern Miss battled back from deficits twice in the game, which included rallying from a five-run hole in the seventh.
After tying the score at 2-2 in the sixth, the Braves rallied for five runs in the seventh with Angel Rosa delivering the big blow, a three-run shot to left-centerfield, for his third of the year.
The Golden Eagles then sent 12 batters in the bottom of the frame. Rodriguez drove in the first run with a double, before Robbins scored on a wild pitch. Connor Barron then drove in a run with a bases loaded walk, before Ashley Graeter hit a fielder's choice to the shortstop, Rosa, who threw the ball past the second baseman into rightfield to allow two runs to score and tie the score at 7-7.
Kameron Brunty then put the Golden Eagles ahead for good with a sacrifice fly, before Robbins knocked in the final run with a single to right.
Both ASU starter Steve Easter and USM starter Boomer Scarborough battled tough over six innings as neither got a decision in the contest.
Easter limited the Golden Eagles to two runs on seven hits with four walks and four strikeouts, while Scarborough allowed two runs on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts.
Matt Warren, the fourth of five Golden Eagle pitchers, notched the victory and improved to 1-0 as he got the final two outs in the seventh including a strikeout.
ASU reliever Ryan Fuentes (0-3) suffered the loss as he gave up four runs (one earned) on a hit and three walks.
The two teams will play game two of the series, Friday, beginning at 6 p.m. All children ages 12 and under will receive free admission with the purchase of an adult ticket as part of the "Take a Kid to the Game" promotion. To take advantage of the ticket promotion fans can purchase their tickets at the park's box office and mention "Take a Kid."
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