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Baseball Falls in 9th at East Carolina in Series Finale

Andrew Furr had two hits for the Golden Eagles.

Andrew Furr had two hits for the Golden Eagles.

May 5, 2013

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Chase McDonald hit a single through the left side in the bottom of the ninth to lift East Carolina to a 3-2 Conference USA baseball victory over Southern Miss here Sunday afternoon at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

The Golden Eagles (25-21 overall, 14-7 C-USA) had a string of five-straight conference series wins snapped as the Pirates won two of three games in the set. Southern Miss, which holds first place in the league standings, has a 1 ½ game lead in the regular-season race and steps out of conference play next weekend with a three-game home set against SIUE.

Southern Miss outhit the Pirates, 11-7, as Mason Robbins led the way with three knocks and Travis Creel and Andrew Furr added two apiece.

In the pivotal bottom of the ninth, USM starter Conor Fisk collected a groundout before giving up three straight singles with the last coming to McDonald for the game winner.

ECU's Luke Lowery got the Pirates on the board with a solo home run around the leftfield fair pole in the fifth, his fourth of the year, for the 1-0 lead.

McDonald then added to the Pirate lead with a solo shot to left in the seventh, his eighth of the campaign, to make the score 2-0.

The Golden Eagles tied the contest in the eighth. Both Creel and Isaac Rodriguez each singled with one out, before Robbins hit a pitch into the left-centerfield gap to drive in both runners to even the ledger.

Fisk (4-2) suffered the loss for the Golden Eagles as he went all 8 1/3 innings and fanned three while not allowing a walk.

ECU reliever Brett Mabry (3-2) gave up a hit and a walk with a strikeout to get the victory for the Pirates.

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