HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Andrew Pierce threw a complete game and Southern Miss banged out 14 hits in a 9-2 non-conference baseball victory over Louisiana-Lafayette here Friday night at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
Pierce limited the Cajuns to just one earned run on eight hits and posted 10 strikeouts to register his first complete game of the season and third of his career. The double-digit strikeout performance is his second of 2013 and the seventh of his two-year career. In 30 2/3 innings of work this season, Pierce has fanned 35 and walked just two.
The senior from Stringer, Miss., improved to 4-0 on the season as he has lasted at least seven innings in all four starts this season.
"They had some really good swings on him," Southern Miss coach Scott Berry said. "They put up eight hits and scratched for a couple runs, but (Friday night), Pierce did what we're used to seeing him do."
Tim Lynch notched a first-inning, run-scoring single and then added a RBI triple in the sixth to lead the way offensively for the Golden Eagles as he extended his hitting streak to a team-best 11 games. Dillon Day, Michael Sterling, Mason Robbins and Chase Fowler all also added two hits each.
The Golden Eagles (7-6) scored twice in the first, added three more runs in the second and one more in the third to build a lead that allowed the Golden Eagles to pull away with their ace on the mound.
A wild pitch and Lynch's RBI single gave the Golden Eagles its 2-0 advantage after one, before Day forced in a run via a UL error on a bunt, before a run-scoring groundout by Sterling and finished the second with an RBI double from Isaac Rodriguez.
After a RBI single by Bradley Roney in the third, the Golden Eagles finished their scoring with three runs in the sixth. Rodriguez drove in his second run of the night via a sacrifice fly, while Lynch added his RBI triple and Blake Brown knocked in a tally with a single.
The Cajuns got an RBI single from Ryan Wilson in the fifth, who lead UL with a pair of singles, while Tyler Girouard knocked in a run with a single of his own in the sixth.
UL starter Chase Traffica allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits with a strikeout to suffer the loss and fall to 1-1.
The same two teams will play again Saturday at 2 p.m. A pair of left-handed pitchers are slated to get the call including sophomore Jake Drehoff (0-1, 3.60 ERA) for the Golden Eagles against junior Cody Boutte (3-0, 5.17 ERA) for the Cajuns.