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Baseball Blanks Marshall 2-0 Friday in C-USA Series Opener

Andrew Pierce has allowed just one earned run over his last 31.1 innings.

April 27, 2012

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Charleston, W. Va. - Pinch hitter Austin Roussel belted a two-run single in the top of the eighth which proved to be the game's only runs as Southern Miss defeated Marshall 2-0 in Conference USA action at Appalachian Power Park Friday afternoon.

The Golden Eagles (24-17 overall, 8-5 in C-USA) overcame a solid pitching performance from Marshall's Aaron Blair who retired the first 14 Southern Miss batters before allowing a walk to Isaac Rodriguez in the fifth.

Blair (1-7) pitched to just one batter over the minimum through the first seven innings before the Golden Eagles got to him with its only runs in the eighth.

Ashley Graeter opened the decisive inning by reaching on a fielding error by Marshall third baseman Gary Stafford. After a sacrifice bunt from Rodriguez, Blake Brown struck out.

With two outs, Travis Creel then broke up the no hitter with an infield single to third base that Stafford kept from going down into the leftfield corner and the Eagles had runners at first and third. After Creel got to second on indifference by the Herd, Roussel delivered the game-winning hit with a single just inside the first base bag to score both Graeter and Creel.

Southern Miss got a strong pitching outing of its own from Andrew Pierce (6-2), who scattered five hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over eight innings to collect the victory. Bradley Roney retired all three batters in the ninth to register his eighth save of the campaign.

Blair gave up two unearned runs on just two hits and two walks with eight strikeouts to suffer the loss for Marshall (14-27, 2-11).

Game two of the series, slated for Saturday, has been moved up to 9:05 a.m., due to rainy weather expected in the area.

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