April 23, 2012
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss baseball team travels to Pearl, Miss., to face Mississippi State for the only time this season in a 6:30 p.m., contest Tuesday at Trustmark Park.
The Golden Eagles (23-16) are fresh off their first Conference USA sweep of 2012 against Memphis. The two teams combined for just eight runs in the three games, marking the fewest run total ever in a C-USA series that Southern Miss was involved.
Southern Miss looks to extend its current three-game winning streak against a Bulldog club that registered a home sweep of its own over Tennessee last weekend. MSU enters play with a 24-16 mark.
Senior Ashley Graeter currently leads the Golden Eagle offense with a six-game hitting streak, batting .455 over that span (10-for-22) with a double and four runs batted in. For the season, Graeter ranks second on the team in average with a .338, trailing only freshman Mason Robbins, who has posted a .352 batting mark.
Junior Isaac Rodriguez continues to swing a hot bat for Southern Miss, tallying a .330 average. The Weston, Fla., native drove in the game-winning run with a single in the series finale against Memphis with in the eighth.
The Golden Eagles will send sophomore righthander Boomer Scarborough to the mound against the Bulldogs. Scarborough has posted a 1-1 record this season with a 3.38 earned run average in 2012. This will be the second time Scarborough has started against MSU. He got a no decision in last year's meeting at Trustmark Park, throwing six strong innings and allowing just one earned run on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts.
MSU will counter with freshman righthander Brandon Woodruff, who has posted a 0-1 mark and a 4.76 ERA.
The Bulldogs have won the last three meetings in the series, including a 3-0 decision in the 2011 NCAA Atlanta Regional at Georgia Tech in June in the two team's last meeting.
Following the midweek contest, the Golden Eagles return to C-USA play this weekend when they travel to Charleston, W.Va., to face Marshall in a three-game set at Appalachian Power Park. Game times are at 1:05 p.m. CT, on both Friday and Saturday and then at 9:05 a.m. CT, on Sunday.