Feb. 24, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss totaled seven hits in the opening game of the Gold Pub and Grill Classic but fell to Mississippi Valley State, 6-1, on Friday at the Southern Miss Softball Complex.
"We were excited to get back home to begin play in this event," said co-head coach Kirsten Voak. "But, you never want to open with a loss like this. We are so close to breaking through and it was promising to see our team rally together and not give in. There is a lot of promise in this group of softball players."
The Golden Eagles (2-4) fell behind early in the game after the Delta Devilettes (2-8) posted seven hits through the first three innings.
Southern Miss held Mississippi Valley scoreless through two innings before a third inning, six-hit rally, including two stand-up doubles, secured the Devilettes a 6-0 lead.
In the third inning, Omeshia Moffett and Brittany Lilly laced back-to-back singles to build a Southern Miss rally, but a failed double-steal saw Moffett come up short at third to cut the momentum. The Golden Eagles reached third base twice in the inning but were unable to take their efforts back to home plate.
Capitalizing on Kimberly Spivey's two illegal pitches in the fourth, first baseman Taylor Brown to score the Eagles' only run, cutting the Devilettes' lead to 6-1.
Courtney Ramos (0-2) suffered the loss after two innings of work, giving up four hits, three walks, three earned runs with two strikeouts. Spivey (1-3) earned the win after 3.2 innings of work in the circle, allowing five hits and picking up three strikeouts. Alicia Lorenz earned the save with 3.1 innings of work.
Southern Miss will return to the diamond Saturday at 2 p.m. when they face Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Nicholls State at 7 p.m.
Opening games of the Gold Pub and Grill Classic will begin tomorrow at 9 a.m. when IUPUI takes on Mississippi Valley at the complex.