March 7, 2013
Innings Give Eagles 11-3 Win at UL Lafayette Sunday
Blake Brown drove in four runs and Mason Robbins knocked in three to lead Southern Miss to an 11-3 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette here Sunday afternoon at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - After completing its longest road swing of the 2013 regular season, the Southern Miss baseball team returns home this weekend to face Sun Belt Conference foe Louisiana-Lafayette in a three-game non-conference baseball series at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
All three games can be heard on the Southern Miss IMG Sports Network with flagship station WKZW-FM, 94.3, carrying the action in the Hattiesburg/Laurel area.
The Golden Eagles (6-6) look to snap a three-game losing streak after dropping the final two games of the Troy series last weekend and a midweek contest, 6-5, at South Alabama. UL enters the weekend with a 10-2 mark.
The two teams have faced each other every year since 2007 and have met 37 times all-time in baseball with the Ragin' Cajuns holding a 19-18 advantage in the series. Southern Miss won two of three games at Tigue Moore Field in Lafayette last season. After dropping the series opener last season, 12-5, the Golden Eagles captured a 4-3, 11-inning game during the middle game of the set, before win the finale, 11-3.
In this series, Southern Miss will turn to ace starter Andrew Pierce for some momentum in the opener. The senior right-handed pitcher from Stringer, Miss., has posted a 3-0 record this spring with a 2.08 earned run average. Pierce has fanned 25 and walked just two over 21 2/3 innings this season, while allowing 15 hits and giving five runs. Pierce will face UL righthander Chase Traffica (1-0, 4.96 ERA) in the opener.
The Golden Eagles then will go to sophomore Jake Drehoff (0-1, 3.60 ERA) on Saturday, who will go against Cajun lefty Cody Boutte (3-0, 5.17 ERA), while junior righthander Conor Fisk is expected to get his appearance for the Golden Eagles in 2013. Fisk pitched well during the fall but an injury has sidelined him through the first three weeks of the regular season. He will be opposed by Cajun right-handed hurler Austin Robichaux (1-0, 2.40 ERA) in the finale.
Southern Miss freshman Tim Lynch, on the strength of a team-high current 10-game hitting streak, continues to lead the club with a .400 batting average to go along with three doubles and a team-high tying nine RBI. Senior catcher Chase Fowler is next with a .357 batting mark, while fellow senior Isaac Rodriguez is at .348.
Prior to Saturday's game, both FEMA and MEMA officials will be distributing flyers regarding disaster assistance information for those individuals who may have been affected during the Feb. 10 tornado that hit the region.
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