April 28, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Three Marshall pitchers limited Southern Miss to nine hits as the Thundering Herd defeated Southern Miss 2-1 here Saturday in Conference USA baseball action at Appalachian Power Park.
The win evened the series at one game apiece with the deciding game set for 9:05 a.m., Sunday. The game started an hour and a half late due to an early-morning rain shower.
Once the game got started, MU starter Mike Mason kept Southern Miss hitless until the fourth as he scattered five hits and a walk with four strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings to earn the victory and improve to 4-5 on the campaign.
The only run he surrendered was a Travis Creel homer, his second of the year, to end his outing with one out in the seventh. Creel, who hit the last Golden Eagle home run March 27 against ULM, belted the first round-tripper for the Golden Eagles (24-18 overall, 8-6 C-USA) in 17 games.
Southern Miss then got a couple of hits from Chase Fowler and Dillon Day, but reliever Josh King got pinch hitter Kameron Brunty to groundout to end the frame. King then threw a scoreless eighth before turning it over to Jesse Fernandez in the ninth for the Herd to collect his fourth save of the campaign.
The Herd (15-27, 3-11) got on the board with their first tally in the opening inning. With two outs, Nathan Gomez doubled into the rightfield corner and then scored on an Eric Escobedo single.
Jake Drehoff, who gave up two runs on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts, surrendered a two-out walk in the fourth. Andrew Dundon then doubled to left-centerfield to score the only other Marshall run of the contest.
Drehoff got tagged with the loss and fell to 6-2.
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