Michael Sterling got hit for the 24th time this season in the contest.
April 18, 2012
MOBILE, Ala. - South Alabama scored all but one its runs with two outs in the contest as they defeated Southern Miss 8-7 here Wednesday night at Eddie Stanky Field.
The Golden Eagles (20-16) dropped the season series to USA after also losing to the Jaguars (14-23) in Hattiesburg 5-3 earlier this season.
The Jaguars scored two runs in each of the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings as they rallied from a 4-2 deficit. The Golden Eagles got solo runs in the second on a RBI single by Ashley Graeter and in the third on a groundout by Dillon Day.
Southern Miss grabbed their final advantage with a RBI double from Kameron Brunty and a groundout from Connor Barron in the fourth, before USA tied the score in the bottom of the frame and took the lead for good in the fifth.
Nolan Earley and Robby Campbell led the Jaguars with three hits each, while Jordan Patterson drove in three runs for the home squad.
After scoring their first run with one out in the third, the Jaguars plated their final seven tallies after two were out in an inning to hold the Golden Eagles.
Southern Miss rallied in the ninth with singles from Rodriguez and Brown to start the inning, but a couple of force outs and a flyout ended the visitors' threat. James Traylor, the second of four USA pitchers, allowed an unearned run over 1 1/3 with three hits to garner the victory and improve to 1-0. Kyle Bartsch pitched a scoreless ninth to get his sixth save of the campaign.
Golden Eagles reliever Paxton King, the second six USM pitchers, gave up four runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout to suffer the loss and fall to 1-1.
Southern Miss returns to action this weekend when they entertain Memphis in a three-game Conference USA series. Game times are 6 p.m., on Friday, noon on Saturday and 1 p.m., Sunday.
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