May 18, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Ashley Graeter collected a go-ahead triple in the top of the ninth as Southern Miss scored 10 unanswered runs to come-from-behind and beat UAB 11-5 here Friday night at Young Memorial Field.
The Golden Eagles improved to 29-23 on the season and 13-10 in C-USA play, evening the series at one-game apiece. The two teams complete the series with a 1 p.m., contest Saturday.
Dillon Day had four hits for the Golden Eagles as they scored double-digit runs for the first time since April 7. Blake Brown added a pair of doubles, while Bradley Roney delivered two hits and drove in three runs, while Joe Martin also added two hits and two RBI in a reserve role.
Down 5-1 in the eighth, Brown started the comeback with a two-run double before Roney - who was pinch hitting - singled to the pitcher and was thrown down into the corner to score a run Brown from second. Martin, who was pinch hitting as well, singled to left to tie the game at 5-5.
Southern Miss then exploded for six runs in the top of the ninth. Day led off the final frame with a walk. After a sacrifice by Michael Sterling, Graeter tripled to center knocking home Day. Mason Robbins then singled home Graeter before Roney cleared the bases with a three-run double. Martin then finished the scoring with a RBI single from Martin.
UAB, though, quickly took the lead in the bottom of the frame. With one out John Frost singled to right. After a flyout, USM starter Jake Drehoff hit Patrick Palmeiro with a pitch. Ryan Ussery then connected on a Drehoff pitch to right-center, scoring both Frost and Palmeiro.
The Blazers (29-26, 9-14) added three more runs in the fifth inning to pull away in the contest. Ivan De Jesus collected an RBI double and Patrick Palmeiro then hit a two-run homer, his fourth, to left to make the score 5-1.
USM reliever Cameron Giannini threw 3 2/3 innings in relief to get the victory and improve to 3-3. Giannini allowed a run on three hits and a walk, while Roney threw a scoreless ninth with a strikeout.
UAB closer Ryan Nance allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and two walks over the final 1 2/3 to suffer the loss and fall to 3-3.
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