Southern Miss rallies in 10th to beat Troy

Published 12:48 am Sunday, March 1, 2015

One big hit from a freshman put Southern Miss back on the winning track.

Chase Scott scored the go-ahead run in the 10th inning on a bases-loaded walk, then freshman Daniel Keating cleared the bases with a triple down the right field line to lift Southern Miss to a 6-2 victory over Troy on Saturday.

Southern Miss (4-4-1) had lost four games and tied one since sweeping a season-opening series against Murray State. All of the losses came on the road.

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Tim Lynch hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning for Southern Miss, but Troy tied it with one out in the bottom of the ninth on a two-run double by pinch hitter David Hall.

In the 10th, three walks — the last to Dylan Burdeaux with the bases loaded — and a catcher’s interference call brought in the go-ahead run for Southern Miss. Keating followed with his triple to make it 6-2.

Hall’s game-tying double in the ninth was one of only two hits Troy (7-3) had in the game. Four Southern Miss pitchers, led by starter Cody Carroll, issued 11 walks but consistently worked out of trouble.

Carroll allowed one hit in eight shutout innings, walked six and struck out four. Cody Livingston pitched two-thirds of an inning and was credited with the win.

MSU 6, Arizona 2

MSU 8, Samford 2

Mississippi State used four straight hits to kickstart a decisive four-run rally in the sixth inning and went on to beat Arizona 6-2 on Saturday.

Wes Rea went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI for Mississippi State, while Josh Lovelady and John Holland had two hits apiece.

Austin Sexton struck out 10 batters and didn’t walk any in 5 2/3 innings, but left with a no-decision. Ross Mitchell pitched shutout ball for the last 3 1/3 innings to earn his third win of the season.

In the second game of a split doubleheader, the Dogs scored five runs in the first inning and went on to rout Samford 8-2.

Cody Walker was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs for the Bulldogs, while Rea and Jacob Robson each scored one run and drove in another.