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Three-Run Frames Lift Gold in World Series Opener 6-2

Austin Roussel had a game-high three hits for the Gold.

Oct. 16, 2012

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A pair of three-run innings helped propel the Gold to a 6-2 opening-game victory over the Black squad here Tuesday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in the 2012 Southern Miss Baseball Breast Cancer Awareness World Series.

The Gold, behind three hits from Austin Roussel and two from Isaac Rodriguez, notched their three-run frames in the fourth and seventh.

It was the Black team, though, that got on the board first with an unearned run in the top of the first.

The score stayed that way until sophomore Bradley Roney began the Gold's first scoring inning with a solo homer to leftfield and then added run-scoring singles from sophomore Michael Sterling and freshman Tim Lynch to make it 3-1.

The Black cut the gap to 3-2 in the sixth on an errant throw on a pickoff, but the Gold rallied with their final tallies in the seventh with the the inning's first run scoring on one of two errors, which was followed by a two-run single from Rodriguez.

Five Gold pitchers limited the Black squad to just two unearned runs on seven hits, as junior starter Conor Fisk gave up just an unearned run on two hits with a walk and eight strikeouts to earn the victory.

Black starter A.J. Glassof (0-1) allowed three runs on four hits over 3 1/3 innings with two walks and two strikeouts to suffer the loss while senior Dillon Day and redshirt freshman Breck Kline each led the Black squad with two hits each.

Game two of the series is set for 6 p.m., Thursday at Pete Taylor Park. The pitching matchup will feature the Black squad sending senior righthander Andrew Pierce to the mound against Gold starter and sophomore lefthander Jake Drehoff.

Admittance is free, but donations will be accepted on behalf of the Pink Ribbon Fund, benefitting an all-volunteer organization with 100 percent of all donations providing financial assistance for Pine Belt breast cancer patients.

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