Weekend Roundup: Southern Miss

East Carolina (29-23, 14-13 Conference USA) claimed one win in its series loss at Southern Miss (30-22, 17-10 C-USA) this weekend.

East Carolina (29-23, 14-13 Conference USA) took one game in its three-game series at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg, Miss. The Pirates took the first game against Southern Mississippi (30-22, 17-10 C-USA) in extra innings, but came up short in the last two games.

The Pirates won the series opener 7-5 in 15 innings. They jumped to a 2-0 lead in the third innings after hits from Hunter Allen, Charlie Yorgen and Zach Houchins. Allen and Yorgen hit back-to-back singles, but Southern Miss didn't do themselves any favors. Allen and Yorgen each reached second on separate wild pitches. Houchins reached second base on a throwing error by centerfielder Breck Kline, but was left stranded.

Southern Miss got the two runs back in the bottom of the fifth. Four two-our hits yielded the tying runs for the Golden Eagles. Mason Robbins, Nick Dawson, Kline and Michael Sterling each notched consecutive singles.

Houchins hit a solo homerun to take the lead again, but it wouldn't hold up for long. Southern Miss came out and did the same thing in the sixth inning by scoring another pair of runs with two outs. Bradley Roney reached when he was hit by a pitch by Reid Love. He later scored via an RBI single by Robbins. The Pirates gave up the second run on an error by catcher Luke Lowery. Brett Mabry relieved Love, who allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits in 5.2 innings, and struck out Kline to close the inning.

Harman hit ECU's second solo homer of the game in the top of the ninth to tie the game. The Pirates managed to keep Southern Miss off the board in the bottom of the ninth despite giving up a leadoff hit and allowing the Golden Eagles to load the bases. Ryan Williams relieved Mabry and, shortly after, Kline reached third on an error. Williams intentionally walked Sterling to load the bases, which allowed ECU to get two straight outs to force extra innings.

Houchins, Townsend and Dylan Brown led off with three consecutive singles in the 15th inning. Brown's single that plated Houchins proved to be the game-winning hit. Townsend scored another run to pad the lead before Garrett Brooks grounded into a double play at shortstop.

ECU wasn't able to string together the hits needed to score in Game 2. The Pirates only had one multi-hit inning, which was a two-hit showing in the fourth that resulted in their lone run of the game.

Tyler Bolton did all he could to keep ECU in the game. In seven innings of work, he gave up seven hits and one earned run. Southern Miss pitcher Christian Talley didn't budge, though. He pitched a full nine innings and only allowed six hits and that one run.

Drew Reynolds earned the loss after pitching the final four outs and giving up the winning run, which was unearned. After striking out the leadoff batter, Reynolds gave up three straight singles. Michael Gilbert reached scoring position on an error and scored the walk-off run shortly thereafter. ECU came out in Game 3 and fell behind early. David Lucroy surrendered a pair of runs (both earned) on two hits in the first inning. He only lasted long enough to record one out before being relieved by Nick Durazo, who allowed another pair of runs (both earned) in the second inning.

Brown's two-RBI single and Harman's sac-fly were enough to tie the game in the seventh. Despite ECU's three-run explosion that evened the game at 4-4, Southern Miss was able to add a run in the bottom of the seventh and again in the bottom of the eighth.

ECU returns to Clark-LeClair Stadium for its final four games of the season. The Pirates host High Point Tuesday before UTSA visits for a final conference series.


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