Golden Eagles Fall to Nationally-Ranked LSU 8-3
April 11, 2012
METAIRIE, La. - LSU scored four runs without the benefit of a hit in the first inning en route to a 8-3 non-conference baseball victory over Southern Miss here Wednesday night at Zephyr Field in the Wally Pontiff Jr., Baseball Classic.
The Golden Eagles fell to 19-13 on the season, while the No. 3 ranked Tigers improved to 27-7 on the season.
Southern Miss jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage with a pair of runs in the opening inning as Connor Barron led off the game with a single through the right side while Ashley Graeter reached on a fielding error. After a sacrifice bunt by Kameron Brunty, Blake Brown doubled to right-centerfield to drive in both runs. Brown led the Golden Eagles with a pair of doubles, while Dillon Day adding a couple of singles in the eight-hit Southern Miss attack. LSU managed just four hits in the contest.
The first-inning runs proved to be the only lead for USM as the Tigers took advantage of six walks and a hit batter in the bottom of the frame to score four runs without a hit and give LSU a lead that they did not relinquish.
Taylor Nunez (1-3) lasted just five batters as he walked three and hit another after getting a groundout to start the frame. Cody Livingston walked a pair of hitters, before James McMahon came in and was able to get Southern Miss out of trouble. McMahon lased a season-high 5.0 innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on two hits and three walks with five strikeouts.
The Tigers added a RBI single in the third by Arby Fields and then added three more runs on a two bases-loaded hit batters and another one on a walk to make the score 8-2.
Pinch hitter Andrew Furr added a run-scoring single in the ninth for the Golden Eagles' final run.
LSU starter Aaron Nola (4-1) got the victory after starting the contest and going one inning, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits and a strikeout.
The Golden Eagles return to Conference USA action this weekend as part of the "Eagle Fest Weekend" festivities in facing nationally ranked UCF (28-7). Southern Miss and the Knights play at 6 p.m., on Friday, before battling in a 3 p.m, Saturday contest. The series concludes with an 11:30 a.m., Sunday tilt.