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Softball Splits Pair of Games at Mardi Gras Invite

Feb. 20, 2016

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MOBILE, Ala. -- The Southern Miss softball team split a pair of games at the Mardi Gras Invitational at Jaguar Field in Mobile, Ala. The Golden Eagles posted a come from behind victory in the first game, claiming a 4-3 victory over Samford. In game two, Mississippi State remained undefeated, posting a 6-0 win over Southern Miss.

As a team, the Golden Eagles recorded 10 hits in the first game, while being limited to just one hit in the second game. Katie Cleary, Tori Dew, and Morgan McKeever led the team with two hits apiece on the day. McKeever notched the only extra-base hit of the day with a double in game one. Four different players scored runs, while Samantha Papp led the way with two RBI.

In the circle, Southern Miss used all four pitchers in its stable.

Samantha Robles started the first game, working 5.2 innings. She allowed three runs on nine hits with a walk and three strikeouts. Jillian Johnson pitched the final 1.1 innings of the game. She faced the minimum with two strikeouts en route to getting the victory.

In game two, Danielle Block earned the start, scattering five hits in 4.0 innings of work. She allowed six runs (five earned runs) with a strikeout and five walks. Block gave way to Meredith Miller who allowed no runs and a pair of base hits in her first collegiate action. Miller allowed a walk, while striking out a batter.

Southern Miss returns to action on Sunday with a pair of games at the Mardi Gras Invite. The Golden Eagles open the day against SIU-Edwardsville at 10 a.m. before taking on tournament-host No. 23 South Alabama in the finale at 2 p.m. Live stats and in-game tweets (@SouthernMissSB) will be available throughout the games.

Game 1 Recap -- Golden Eagles Post Come From Behind Victory
Southern Miss and Samford were locked in a pitcher's duel for the first five innings. The two teams placed runners on base but were unable to scratch the scoreboard.

The Bulldogs broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth inning. The leadoff batter drew a walk, but the Golden Eagles used a strikeout and a sacrifice bunt to record the first two outs of the inning. Samford's Callie Brister broke the 0-0 tie with a RBI single to left field. Hannah Trombley followed with a two-run home run to left field to push the Bulldogs' lead to 3-0.

In the seventh, Rachel Johnson walked to start the inning. She moved to second on a McKeever single to short. With one out, Cleary singled to left field to load the bases. Beth Taylor entered to run for Cleary at first and Arielle Pollock ran for McKeever at second, giving Southern Miss speed at each base. Dew drove in the first run of the game with a four-pitch walk. Sarah Evans was hit by a pitch, driving in the second run of the inning. Papp followed with a two-RBI single to score Dew and Taylor and give the Golden Eagles a 4-3 advantage -- the first lead of the day for Southern Miss.

In the bottom of the inning, J. Johnson tossed a 1-2-3 inning to secure the victory for the Golden Eagles.

Game 2 Recap -- Softball Falls to In-State Foe Mississippi State
In the second game of the day, Mississippi State scratched out runs in the first, second, fourth and fifth innings and relied on solid pitching and defense to keep Southern Miss off of the scoreboard.

In the first inning, the Bulldogs used a one-out walk, a stolen base and a RBI single to jump out to an early 1-0 lead. Mississippi State extended its lead to 3-0 with a pair of runs in the second. A walk and a single started the inning and a sacrifice bunt moved the runners into scoring position. The Bulldogs used a sacrifice fly and a base hit to plate the runners.

Mississippi State added two runs on a hit and a Southern Miss error in the fourth inning. The fifth inning saw the Bulldogs add a run on two hits to push their advantage to 6-0.

In the seventh inning, Tori Rouse singled through the left side of the infield to break up Mississippi State's no-hit bid. She moved to second as Samantha Reynolds drew a walk. The rally fell short as the Golden Eagles were unable to score a run.

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