March 2, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Southern Miss (9-13) fell in a pair of games on Saturday to Troy (9-8) on Saturday at Florida State's Renegade Classic from JoAnne Graf Field.
In the opener, the two teams traded leads but a three-run fourth inning gave the Trojans their final lead of the game in freshman Emily Wood's first collegiate start.
The nightcap provided offensive fireworks for both teams as Southern Miss put up six runs in the second inning to take a 6-2 lead, but Troy answered back, scoring in the first three innings and a four-run fifth en route to a 11-7 victory.
With the second defeat, the Golden Eagles are slated to take on Appalachian State in the consolation game of the Renegade Classic. That game, a repeat of yesterday's nightcap in which the Mountaineers took a 6-4 decision, is set for 9 a.m. CT.
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Troy opened up the scoring in the first inning on a two-out double by Hannah Renn who came in one batter later on Caitlin Ortiz' RBI single up the middle.
Renn added to the lead with a deep sacrifice fly to center field in the third to bring in Ebony Wright.
Southern Miss answered back in the fourth as Kristen Franson walked, Madison Edwards singled, and Caroline Walker singled to load up the bases for Taylor Beck who cleared the bases with one swing and a two-out RBI double gave the Eagles a 3-2 lead.
Beck came in one batter later, flying around from second on Sarah Evan's shallow single to right field.
Troy took advantage of a bases loaded situation of their own in the bottom of the frame as Chandler Griffin singled through the left side to bring in two runs and tie up the game before a Golden Eagle fielding error on the next play allowed the Trojans to retake the lead, up 5-4.
Renn's second RBI of the day, a sacrifice fly to center field, brought Winters in to give Troy a 6-4 lead in the fifth which they held on to for the remainder of the game.
Freshman Emily Wood, who earned her first career start in the game, suffered the loss in 3.1 innings of work, giving up three hits and five runs (four earned) while striking one out and walking four.
As in the opener, the Trojans struck first, getting a pair of runs from a bases loaded single from Brittany Russ to take a 2-0 lead after one inning.
The Golden Eagles responded with a massive second inning, tallying six runs on four hits, to build a 6-2 lead. Franson and Walker both got bases loaded singles to drive in a run while McKeever and Beck both picked up a pair of RBI on outfield singles to get the big inning.
Troy answered back, tallying three runs in the bottom of the frame, to bring the game to 6-5, but Mackenzie Sher's solo homer to lead of the third gave Southern Miss a two-run cushion at 7-5. It was Sher's sixth home run of the season.
The lead was short lived, however, as Bailey Blake's first career homer, a two-run shot, down the right field line tied the game up at 7-7.
A leadoff triple from Taylor Smartt and a single by pitcher Rachel Rigney gave the Trojans an 8-7 lead in the fifth. Kacie McAllister added to the lead with a two-run double down the left field line to give Troy a 10-7 lead and another solo run pushed the game to 11-7.