April 23, 2011
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Gray Stafford hit a three-run homer and Kenny Socorro went a perfect 3-for-3, however No. 22 Southern Miss (30-9, 9-3 C-USA) laced 13 hits en route to a 9-4 victory over the Marshall University (15-23, 2-10 C-USA) baseball team on Saturday night at Pete Taylor Park. The win gave the Golden Eagles a sweep of the three-game series.
Jonathan Thompson worked the first seven innings giving up four runs (one earned) on five hits with six strikeouts to up his perfect record to 5-0 on the season.
Herd starter Arik Sikula suffered the loss, dropping to 2-4. He tossed five innings and allowed six runs (five earned) to score with three strikeouts and one walk.
USM held a 4-0 advantage entering the top of the fourth by scoring two in both the two and third innings against Sikula.
Entering the fourth stanza, the Herd had managed only one hit, a Socorro single the previous inning. Victor Gomez reached on an error and Steven Ross drew a two-out walk, bringing G.Stafford to the plate. The third baseman smoked a three-run bomb to left field, putting the Herd within a run at 4-3.
Sikula kept the Eagles off the board in the bottom of the fourth, before MU was able to square up the score in the top of the fifth. Socorro sliced his second hit through the infield and moved all the way to third on a Victor Ramos sac bunt and Isaac Ballou ground out. V.Gomez hit a two-strike dribbler down to third allowing Socorro to scamper home with the tying run.
The tie score would not last long as USM posted another two-run inning in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-4 lead.
The Golden Eagles later added a run in the seventh and two more in the eighth for insurance to hold a 9-4 cushion into the ninth.
Boomer Scarborough pitched the final two frames to pick up his first save of the season, ending the game with a 6-4-3 double play. All three games of the series ended in double plays.
NEXT UP: Marshall is back on the diamond with a trip to Columbus, to play Ohio State on Tuesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.