Eagles Hit Two Homers in Shutout of Marshall
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Cody Carroll threw a complete-game shutout and Southern Miss collected a pair of two-run home runs in a 6-0 Conference USA series-opening victory over Marshall here Friday night at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
Carroll registered his first career complete game as he allowed just three hits to the Thundering Herd while fanning eight and walking just three. The victory gave the Golden Eagles (26-16-1 overall, 11-10 C-USA) their first league series-opening victory in the last six sets.
It was the sixth shutout for the Golden Eagles, tying a school mark for the most in a season. Carroll improved to 3-4 in the win.
"The biggest star for me (tonight) was Cody Carroll covering all nine innings and giving our bullpen a rest," said Southern Miss coach Scott Berry, whose team was coming of a 7-6 extra-inning Wednesday victory at home over South Alabama in the longest game in school history. "After using eight different pitchers the night before last in the 17-inning game, that was huge for us."
Lynch got Southern Miss on the board right away in the opening frame. After Barron led off the game with a single, the Golden Eagles popped out on a bunt and then Taylor Braley reached on a fielding error by third baseman Tyler Ratliff. Scott then increased his hitting streak to a team-best 12 games with a single to load the bases, before the junior from Jupiter, Fla., singled through the left side to knock in the first run.
It was Lynch again in the sixth that started a three-run frame with a two-run homer to right, his team-leading ninth of the season and the fifth straight C-USA game he has homered in. Barron finished the scoring in the frame with a sacrifice fly.
Matt Durst added his own two-run shot to left in the seventh to give him four on the campaign.
Marshall starting pitcher Chase Boster (5-1) suffered his first loss of the season, by allowing five runs on 10 hits with three walks and four strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings. Robert Fajardo had two of three hits for the Thundering Herd (16-28, 8-14).
The series continues with a 2 p.m., contest Saturday. The 1990 Golden Eagle squad, the first team to reach the NCAA postseason, will be holding a 25-year reunion at the game and will be recognized prior to the first pitch.