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East Carolina Rallies for Series-Opening Victory over Baseball

Austin Roussel drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

May 3, 2013

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - East Carolina overcame an early deficit to come back and defeat Southern Miss, 6-3, here Friday night in a Conference USA series opener at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

The Golden Eagles (24-20 overall, 13-6 C-USA) got two hits each from Travis Creel, Isaac Rodriguez and Dillon Day, as the team had a three-game winning streak snapped. Game two of the series is set to take place, Saturday, at 1 p.m., CT.

The visitors jumped out to a 3-0 in the top of the fourth. After Bradley Roney was hit by a pitch and Blake Brown walked to start the inning, Tim Lynch put down a perfect sacrifice bunt down before Chase Fowler walked to load the bases.

Day, the current C-USA Hitter of the Week, then blasted a Hoffman pitch down to first that ricocheted off ECU's Chase McDonald for an RBI single. Austin Roussel then added a sacrifice fly before Isaac Rodriguez knocked in the final run with a single.

McDonald, though, cut the gap in the bottom of the frame for ECU with a two-run home run to leftfield for his seventh of the season. Bryan Bass tied the score with a sacrifice fly later in the inning and Jack Reinheimer put the Pirates (25-21, 9-7) up for good with a run-scoring single.

Ben Fultz then added another run for ECU in the fifth on a run-scoring double and Travis Watkins completed the scoring later in the frame on a sacrifice fly.

Jeff Hoffman (5-5) went seven innings and allowed three runs on six hits with five walks and five strikeouts to capture the victory, while Jake Drehoff (2-5) lasted four-plus innings and gave up five runs on nine hits with two walks and a strikeout to suffer the loss.

Drew Reynolds pitched the ninth to register his 12th save of the season.

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