April 30, 2014
OXFORD, Miss. - Tied 6-6 in the top of the ninth inning, Southern Miss' Nick Dawson delivered a two-out single to left field to score Dylan Burdeaux and complete a come from behind victory on the road at Swayze Field in Oxford, Miss. The Golden Eagles did not lead in the game until the ninth inning, but improved to 7-1 in the last eight games against the Rebels.
The Black and Gold trailed 4-0 after three innings, but used two runs in the fourth and fifth to tie the game. The two teams traded runs the next two innings, heading to the ninth inning tied at 6-6.
Offensively, Southern Miss recorded 10 hits in the game, including two doubles and a home run. Burdeaux, Austin Roussel and Michael Sterling each had two hits apiece in the game. Roussel finished 2-for-4 with a home run, a double, a walk, a run scored and two runs batted in. Burdeaux also had a double in the game, while scoring a team-high two runs. Tim Lynch and Sterling each scored two runs in the game.
On the mound, Southern Miss used five pitchers compared to 10 by Ole Miss. Cameron Giannini earned the start, working 4.2 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
Luke Lowery closed out the fifth inning before handing over the ball to Ryan Milton in the sixth. Milton allowed an unearned run on two hits in 1.0 innings of work with a walk and a K. Sean Buchholz tossed a clean seventh inning allowing a base hit and fanning two batters.
Bradley Roney closed out the game, working the final 2.0 innings. The hurler surrendered just one hit while striking out a pair of batters for his first win of the season.
Ole Miss was the first team to score, plating three runs in the bottom of the first inning. After making quick work of the first two batters, Southern Miss surrendered back-to-back-to-back singles to allow the first run to come across. The Rebels used a walk to load the bases with two outs. Ole Miss' Errol Robinson plated two runs with a single through the left side of the infield. The Golden Eagles escaped further damage with an inning-ending groundout to second base.
The Rebels added a run in the bottom of the third inning. Ole Miss' Austin Anderson doubled down the right field line to start the inning. The advanced to third on a single through the left side of the infield. Anderson came around to score on a sacrifice fly to center field. Roussel threw out a runner trying to steal second for the second out of the inning. Following a double to left field, the Golden Eagles closed out the inning with a fly ball to right field.
Southern Miss trimmed the deficit in the fourth inning. Sterling led off the inning with his team-leading 16th hit by pitch. For Sterling, it was the 49th time in his USM career he was hit by a pitch. Lynch followed with his team-high 27th walk of the season. With two on and no outs, Ole Miss went to the bullpen. The new Rebel pitcher induced a groundout, but on the play, Sterling and Lynch advanced into scoring position. Mason Robbins put the Golden Eagles on the scoreboard with a RBI single through the right side of the infield. With runners on the corners, Roney singled to center field. On the play, the center fielder slid to try to make the catch, but was unable to come up with the grab. He threw to second to retire Robbins, but Lynch was able to score on the play cutting the Ole Miss lead in half, 4-2. Roney stole second and third to move to within 90 feet of home, but a strikeout ended the inning and the Black and Gold rally.
After a 1-2-3 inning on defense, the Golden Eagles tied the game in the top of the fifth. Roussel led off the inning with a solo home run down the right field line. The home run was the third of the season for Roussel and pulled Southern Miss to within one run at 4-3. With two outs, Sterling bunted for a base hit, prompting a pitching change. The first pitch from the new hurler hit Lynch to move Sterling into scoring position. Matt Durst singled up the middle to score Sterling at knot the game at 4-4.
Ole Miss regained the lead in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, Anderson was hit by a pitch. He stole second base with two outs to move into scoring position. UM's Sikes Orvis singled up the middle, allowing Anderson to slide in safely. On the play, Orvis advanced into scoring position on a throwing error by the Golden Eagles.
Southern Miss once again tied the game in the top of the sixth inning. With one out, Burdeaux and Roussel notched back-to-back doubles to tie the game at 5-5.
The tie was short lived as the Rebels retook the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Back-to-back singles started the inning for the home team. Ole Miss attempted a double steal, but Roussel was able to throw out he lead runner - the third batter thrown out by the catcher on the night. The trail runner was able to advance on the play. The Golden Eagles used a strikeout for the second out of the inning. The runner advanced to within 90 feet of home on a passed ball and came home to score on a wild pitch. A foul out ended the inning with the Rebels in front, 6-5.
For the third time in the game, the Golden Eagles tied the game, plating a run in the top of the seventh inning. Lynch and Durst started off the inning with back-to-back walks. Robbins hit a ball to second base that Ole Miss. The fielder tried to erase Durst at second, but an errant throw allowed Southern Miss to load the bases with no outs. With one out, Burdeaux hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Lynch and once again tying the game.
The Black and Gold took the lead for the first time in the game in the top of the ninth inning. With two outs, Burdeaux and Roussel drew back-to-back walks. With two on and two outs, Dawson, who started the game 0-for-4, delivered a RBI single to left center field to score Burdeaux. The lead was the first of the game for the Golden Eagles.
In the bottom of the ninth, Roney hurled a 1-2-3 inning to close out the game and earn his first victory of the season.
Southern Miss returns to action this weekend as the Golden Eagles travel to New Orleans to take on Tulane in a three-game Conference USA series.