HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Isaac Rodriguez drove in three runs and Andrew Pierce threw a complete game to lead Southern Miss to an 8-1 Conference USA victory over Memphis here Saturday afternoon at FedExPark.
The Golden Eagles (21-17 overall, 10-4 C-USA) won their fourth-straight league series and captured their first set victory in Memphis since 2005 en route to capturing their 10th consecutive contest. The final game of the series will take place Sunday at 1 p.m.
Southern Miss got two hits each from Rodriguez, Blake Brown and Chase Fowler in the 10-hit Golden Eagle attack as the squad recorded their first double-digit hit performance since UCF on March 30.
Rodriguez drove in the visitors' first three runs as he drove in Michael Sterling and Mason Robbins in with a two-run single in the first and then added an RBI single to drive in Blake Brown, who doubled, in the third.
Pierce (8-1) gave up his only run in the opening inning and on a Tucker Tubbs run-scoring single, but did not allow the Tigers (24-16, 7-7) another tally the rest of the way.
The senior from Stringer, Miss., gave up just five hits and allowed two walks while fanning seven to collect his third complete game of the year and keep his string of throwing at least seven innings in a start to 10 games.
After the Eagles gave up two errors on consecutive batters in the second, Pierce then retired the next 12 batters and also got two double plays down the stretch - as the Eagles now total 50 twin killings on the year - to finish the game.
The Golden Eagles extended their lead in the seventh with a five-run explosion. Bradley Roney, Fowler and Austin Roussel each singled to lead off the inning. After a fielder's choice to retire Roney at the plate, Creel singled to right-centerfield and the ball was misplayed by Bryce Beeler to clear the bases.
Blake Brown then hit a two-run home run, his fourth of the campaign, to complete the scoring for Southern Miss.
UofM starter Erik Schoenrock threw seven innings and allowed eight runs on 10 hits with two walks and one strikeout to suffer the loss and fall to 5-3.