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Eagles Hold Off Marshall in 5-3 Victory to Win Series

Austin Roussel had a career-best three hits in the contest.

April 29, 2012

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Mason Robbins threw five innings and drove in three runs to lead Southern Miss to a 5-3 Conference USA baseball victory here Sunday morning at Appalachian Power Park.

The victory gave the Golden Eagles their third series win over their first five league sets as they improved to 25-18 overall and 9-6 in Conference USA play. The victory was also Scott Berry's 100th as the Golden Eagle head coach, reaching that milestone quicker than any previous coaches to win at least 100 games. Berry bested Pete Taylor (166 games), Corky Palmer (170 games) and Hill Denson (230 games) to get to that plateau.

Robbins (1-0) allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts to get the victory in only his second start as a collegian.

It was also Robbins that put Southern Miss up for good on the offensive side. After the freshman from Leakesville, Miss., drove in a run on a groundout in the first, the Golden Eagles trailed 2-1 in the fifth when Robbins knocked in both runs with a single up the middle. Connor Barron, who scored twice in the contest, walked to start that inning before Ashley Graetersingled to right sending Barron to third. After a stolen base, Robbins hit put Southern Miss up for good.

Marshall (15-28, 3-12) had taken in the lead in the third when Sergio Leon drove in a run with fielder's choice after it had reached on a Graeter fielding error. Nathan Gomez tied the game for The Herd in the first when he blasted a home run to rightfield.

The Golden Eagles extended their lead to 5-2 in the seventh as Andrew Furr drove home a run with a fielder's choice and then pinch hitter Kameron Bruntyknocked in a run with an infield single.

After James McMahon kept the Herd scoreless for two innings on the mound, Bradley Roneycame in to save the game and earn his ninth save of the campaign.

Roney entered the game with the bases loaded and no one out in the eighth, registering two strikeouts and a groundout to get out of the jam. MU got a run off of Roney in the ninth, but the freshman from Wetumpka, Ala., got Eric Escobedo to ground into a double play to end the game.

The Golden Eagles return to action Tuesday when they travel to Pearl, Miss., to face Ole Miss in a makeup contest from an earlier season rain out at Trustmark Park. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m.

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