By School reports
HATTIESBURG – Adam Doleac broke up a tie game by starting a three-run rally in the seventh with a run-scoring single in leading No. 22 Southern Miss to an 8-7 victory over Conference USA rival Marshall on Friday night.
The teams will complete the series today with a doubleheader that begins at 2 p.m.
Southern Miss (28-9 overall, 7-3) took a 4-0 lead in the first by manufacturing four runs – on a B.A. Vollmuth sacrifice fly, a Marc Bourgeois RBI double and RBI singles forIsaac Rodriguez and Mark Ellis.
Marshall (15-21, 2-8 C-USA) touched up Golden Eagles ace Todd McInnis for nine hits and five runs in 52⁄3 innings – with seven of those hits and all five runs coming in the fifth. McInnis, who didn’t figure in the decision, is 6-1 and has a 3.03 ERA.
Southern Miss tied the score in the sixth with a RBI double from Ashley Graeter, before blowing open the game in the seventh with three more runs.
Doleac put the Golden Eagles ahead for good with his go-ahead single, and the hosts added two more runs on a passed ball and wild pitch.
Chase Horn, who came in to relieve McInnis in the sixth, kept the Herd off the board until a run-scoring double by Nathan Gomez in the ninth.
Collin Cargill then entered the game and allowed an RBI single by pinch hitter James Lavinskas to cut the margin to 8-7, but then induced a double play to end the contest.
The Thundering Herd out-hit USM 14-11 but stranded 10.
Horn (2-0) allowed two runs on four hits with a walk and two strikeouts to collect the victory, before Cargill collected his sixth save of the season.
In Game 2 today, Southern Miss is expected to start righthander Geoffrey Thomas (7-2, 2.65 ERA) against Marshall lefty Mike Mason (1-2, 4.47 ERA). The Game 3 all-righties matchup: Jonathan Thompson (4-0, 3.77 ERA) vs. Arik Sikula (2-3, 3.31 ERA)