May 5, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - Jeremy Schaffer delivered a two-run, game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth to lift Tulane to a 3-2 Conference USA baseball victory over Southern Miss here Saturday afternoon at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium.
The Golden Eagles (25-21 overall 9-8 C-USA) lost for the third-straight time as closer Bradley Roney got touched for the two runs in the final frame.
Roney (1-1) came in to start the ninth and promptly allowed a single to rightfield by Brandon Boudreaux, who has gone 7-for-9 in the series. Roney then walked the next two batters before Schaffer lifted a 1-1 pitch over Mason Robbins' head in right and the Green Wave captured the series with the victory.
Southern Miss, which collected eight hits in the contest, registered both of their runs in the sixth. With one out, Dillon Day and Michael Sterling each singled. After Ashley Graeter drove home the first run with a single, Isaac Rodriguez drove home the second with an RBI single of his own.
Rodriguez and Sterling each collected two hits to lead the Golden Eagles. Jake Drehoff pitched solidly for the Golden Eagles over 6 1/3 innings allowing a run on three hits and three walks with three strikeouts.
The redshirt freshman lefthander did not get into any trouble until the seventh when he walked Nick Schneeberger to open the frame. After a flyout, Blake Crohan hit one to left-center that Day dove for and almost made a spectacular play, but the ball kicked out of his glove when he hit the ground and Schneeberger came around from first to score the Green Wave's first run.
James McMahon ended the threat for the Golden Eagles in the seventh and then got Tulane (31-16, 9-8) out in the eighth.
Tulane reliever Kyle McKenzie (4-2) threw the final 3 2/3 for the Green Wave scattering three hits and two walks to go along with four strikeouts to earn the victory.
Game three is set for 1 p.m., Sunday.
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