Feb. 8, 2013
FRESNO, Calif. - Mackenzie Sher went 4-for-6 at the plate and Beth Dietrich allowed just one run over seven innings but it wasn't enough as Southern Miss (1-3) dropped a pair of games to UC Davis and UC Riverside on Friday at the Fresno State Kickoff Classic.
Errors put Southern Miss behind the ball early on against UC Davis as three errors in the first inning led to four Aggie runs, a deficit the team was unable to overcome, falling 5-3.
Against UC Riverside, it was the big inning that put the Golden Eagles into the hole. A seven-run third inning by the Highlanders provide UCR the cushion to hold on for the 10-2 victory.
Game 1: UC Davis took advantage of three early cold weather errors by the Golden Eagles in the opening frame to take a 4-0 lead highlighted by Cassandra Ginnis' two-out, two-run single down the right field line.
After settling into the game, the pitchers from both teams retired 18 of the next 20 batters before a single, sacrifice, walk and hit batter gave UCD another run in the fifth. Southern Miss answered back in the bottom of the frame as Michelle Stringer got a lead-off ground rule double before being knocked in by fellow freshman Sarah Evans' triple to the gap in right field.
The Golden Eagles added another run in the seventh to cut it to 5-3 as Caroline Walker knocked in Madison Edwards on a two-out double into left center but it wasn't enough as the Aggies hung on for the win.
Beth Dietrich (0-1) took the complete game loss, giving up seven hits and five runs (one earned) while striking out four and walking three.
Game 2: Against UC Riverside, Southern Miss struck first, breaking open a deadlock, in the third inning as Madison Edwards reached on an infield single and stood at third after Caroline Walker's double to the left field gap.
One batter later, Morgan McKeever cleared the bases with a one-out single up the middle to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead.
Riverside answered back in a big way in the bottom of the inning, racking up seven runs on three hits, including a pair of two-run singles from Brittanie Akey and Meagan Esteban. The Highlanders added their eighth run in the fourth as Ariel Shore got a lead-off triple and came in on a sac fly.
In the sixth, UCR added two more to enact the run rule and end the game at 10-2.
Kimberly Wagner (1-1) suffered the loss on two innings of work after surrendering five runs (four earned) on just one hit and four walks while Alyssa Razo (1-0) got the victory on six innings of work.
The Golden Eagles have had six hits and two or more doubles in three of their first four games and were not struck out at the plate for the first time this season against the Highlanders.
Southern Miss returns to action tomorrow in the Fresno State Kickoff Classic when they take on Sacramento State and host Fresno State at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. CT, respectively.