TROY, Ala. - Brandon Brown's sixth-inning, run-scoring bunt single completed a Troy comeback as the Trojans rallied from a three-run deficit to beat Southern Miss 6-3 here Saturday afternoon at Riddle-Pace Field.
Starting pitchers Jake Drehoff of Southern Miss and Shane McCain of Troy held each other scoreless through the first five innings, before the No. 24 ranked Golden Eagles (6-4) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the sixth inning.
Isaac Rodriguez drew a one-out walk for the visitors to start things. After a pop out to the catcher, Blake Brown hit an opposite field home run to rightfield, his second of the year, to put the Golden Eagles on the board.
Bradley Roney, who tallied two of the Golden Eagles nine hits, then notched a single before Chase Fowler drove him in with a double to left-centerfield. The double extended Fowler's hitting streak to eight games.
Down 3-0, the Trojans began a rally of their own with one out in the bottom of the inning. Following a Logan Pierce walk and a Danny Collins single. Trae Santos doubled in the Trojans' first run. Drehoff was then lifted for Cameron Giannini, who allowed a two-run double to Jake Harrell to tie the score.
The Trojans loaded the bases and Brown put down a perfect bunt on the first base line to drive ahead the go-ahead run.
Troy (7-3) then added a run in the seventh on a solo homer by Collins, his third of the season, while Peyton Fuller plated the final run in the eighth with a double.
Giannini (1-1) got tagged with the loss as he allowed a run on three hits with a walk in 2/3 of inning in relief of Drehoff, who gave up three runs on four hits and four walks with five strikeouts.
McCain scattered eight hits over six innings and allowed three runs on a walk with seven strikeouts to get the victory and improve to 2-0. Matthew Howard limited the Golden Eagles to one hits with two strikeouts over the final three frames to get his first save of the campaign.
Dillon Day added two hits for Southern Miss and Tim Lynch added a double to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
The final game of the series is set for 1 p.m., Sunday. The contest can be heard on the Southern Miss IMG Sports Network with flagship station WKZW-FM, 94.3, in Hattiesburg/Laurel.