March 15, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss baseball team returns home to entertain Murray State for three games this weekend at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
Game times are 6 p.m., Friday, 1 p.m., Saturday, and 1 p.m., Sunday. The Golden Eagles will wear commemorative green jerseys to celebrate St. Patrick's Day on Saturday. Father Tommy Conway, Pastor of St. Thomas Catholic Church, is slated to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the contest. Golden Eagle fans are encouraged to wear green that day.
A select number of the green jerseys will be available for auction next Monday, March 19, on SouthernMiss.com.
The Golden Eagles (10-7) will look to get back to their winning ways after losing Tuesday night at Alabama 8-3. A couple of big innings to the Crimson Tide snapped the team's two-game winning streak.
Freshman Mason Robbins continues to lead the team in hitting with a .466 batting mark, having hit safely in his last 14 games. He is one of four players in the current lineup hitting over .300, including Connor Barron and Michael Sterling that each are batting .333, while Dillon Day holds a .323 mark and Blake Brown has a .316 batting average.
The Golden Eagles are set to throw sophomore righthander Jay Myrick (1-1, 3.38 ERA) on the mound in the opener before turning to junior righty Andrew Pierce (2-1, 2.66 ERA) on Saturday, before sending redshirt freshman Jake Drehoff (2-0, 4.07 ERA) to the mound in the series finale on Sunday.
Murray State (8-9) will counter with a trio of right-handers including Tyler Beers (1-1, 5.31 ERA) on Friday, Cameron Finch (2-1, 4.33 ERA) on Saturday and Tim Vonder Haar (1-2, 6.35 ERA) on Sunday.
Following this weekend's series, the Golden Eagles travel to Ole Miss for a Tuesday night contest before playing host to Houston next weekend to start Conference USA play.
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