Baseball Drops Series Opener to LA Tech 10-6 Friday at The Pete
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Over the last two seasons, Southern Miss has enjoyed tremendous success in their league series openers.
Entering Friday night's game against Louisiana Tech at Pete Taylor Park, the Golden Eagles collected 17 victories in their last 18 league openers.
Louisiana Tech, though, used a seven-run seventh to erase a 4-0 defecit in defeating Southern Miss 10-6 Friday night at Pete Taylor Park in front of 4,580.
Designated hitter Steele Netterville collected two hits and drove in three runs, while Taylor Young added two hits and two RBI to pace the visiting Bulldogs (34-17 overall, 17-8 C-USA) offensively as they moved into second place, just two and a half game behind league-leading Golden Eagles.
The Bulldogs chased Southern Miss ace Nick Sandlin in the seventh. After getting a strikeout, the Bulldogs got the benefit of a Southern Miss fielding error a hit by pitch and a walk which loaded the bases and ended Sandlin's night and the home team with a 4-1 advantage.
Sandlin finished by throwing 6 1/3 innings and allowing four runs (three earned) on two hits and four walks with eight strikeouts. He moved into an eighth-place tie for single-season strikeouts with Darrell Lindsey, who notched that many in 1988.
Netterville then greeted reliever Mason Strickland with a double to left that cleared the bases and tied the game. An RBI double with an error in the inning as well, plated two more runs before Mason Robinson ended the inning with a two-run homer for his sixth of the season.
Southern Miss had jumped out to a 4-0 advantage in the fourth.
Mason Irby got the Golden Eagles on the board with a one-out, run-scoring double to extend his current team-best hitting streak to nine game and LeeMarcus Boyd followed later in the frame with a three-run homer to left, for his sixth shot of the year.
The visitors cut the gap in the sixth when Sandlin walked home a run ending a string of 37 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run.
The Golden Eagles cut the gap in the seventh to 8-6 with a two-run single from Erick Hoard, but LA Tech finished the scoring in the eighth with a two-run single by Parker Bates.
Strickland allowed three runs on two hits and a walk over 2/3 of an inning to suffer the loss and fall to 1-1 on the year. Graham Ahlrich threw 2 1/3 scoreless frames, allowing three walks and one hit with a strikeout to earn the victory and improve to 2-0.
The two teams continue the series with a 2 p.m., contest Saturday.