Southern Mississippi was able to scratch 2 runs across the plate in the top of the 10th inning and escape a bases loaded no out jam in the bottom half to take a 4-2 victory over the Warhawks Wednesday night.
Justin Anderson got the starting nod for the Warhawks and had a good showing allowing 5 hits over 4.1 innings. Anderson struck out 2, walked 2, and was charged with 2 earned runs. Justin was on cruise control until he ran into some trouble in the top half of the 5th. Joey Archer reached via walk and scored with Tyler Graves ripped a double down the left field line to tie the game at one.
Taylor Walker singled into shallow left field and Graves would test the arm of Jon Prevost on the play. Prevost made a perfect throw to catcher Ryan McMillan that beat Graves but the home plate umpire ruled that McMillan dropped the ball and USM took a 2-1 lead.
The score would stay that away until the bottom of the 6th when Ben Soignier(3/5) drilled a one out triple to right center field. Matt Collins would follow that up with a double down the right field line tying the game at 2.
ULM had a big opportunity to take the lead in the bottom of the 8th when Jordy Poche walked and Soignier followed that up with a single putting 2 Warhaks on with no outs. Matt Collins(2/5) bunt was played perfect by USM and Poche was throw out at 3rd leaving 2 on with one out. Southern Miss would go to the bullpen and bring in submarine pitcher Collin Cargill to face Matt Laird(2/5) and Ryan McMillan(0/5). Cargill was able to strike both ULM batters out and end the threat.
ULM reliever Derek Ward would take the mound in the top of the 10th but would not fair well giving up 2 runs on 4 hits allowing USM to take a 4-2 lead.
ULM didn't go away quietly and in fact looked as if they were going to pull off a dramatic come from behind victory. Poche would single to lead off the inning and Soignier would reach on an error. Collins would single to left field loading the bases with nobody out. It was not meant to be as Laird would go down swinging and McMillan would ground into the game ending double play, 3rd to 1st.
ULM (6-2) will hit the road tomorrow as they travel to Western Kentucky for a big showdown between 2 the leagues best teams this weekend.