Press Release from SouthernMiss.com
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The freshman duo of Jake Drehoff and James McMahon limited Troy to just five hits as Southern Miss defeated the visiting Trojans 2-1 here Saturday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
The victory evened the three-game series after Southern Miss fell in the opener Friday night 3-0, as the Golden Eagles improved to 3-3 on the campaign.
Drehoff, who won his second consecutive start to begin his collegiate career, shut out the visitors over his first six innings allowing just three hits during that time.
"Once again, today, we got fine pitching performances from both clubs," said Southern Miss coach Scott Berry. "Both teams had their opportunities, and thankfully for us, we were the team that was able to put up two runs to their one."
The Golden Eagles, which were limited to just four hits, manufactured solo runs in both the first and third innings.
Freshman Michael Sterling led of bottom of the first with a walk. With Ashley Graeter batting, Sterling broke to steal second and Trojan starter Jimmy Hodgskin threw wildly to first on an attempted pick off.
With Sterling on the move and the ball down the rightfield line, Sterling scored on the play for the game's first run. The run ended a 17-inning scoring drought for the Golden Eagles.
Southern Miss completed its scoring in the third on a run-scoring single by Graeter, plating Travis Creel on the play. Creel opened the frame with a double down the leftfield line and then went to third on a wild pitch before scoring on Graeter's single.
Drehoff held on to his 2-0 advantage until the seventh when Troy drew a walk and a single which was followed up with a throwing error to put runners at second and third with no outs.
The Golden Eagles then went to James McMahon ending a solid day for Drehoff, who surrendered just four hits and three walks with one strikeout in the victory.
McMahon succeeded in getting a couple of outs before surrendering a wild pitch for Troy's lone run. McMahon threw the final three innings for USM, allowing a walk and a hit while fanning three to get his second save of the campaign.
The two teams will complete the series with a 1 p.m., contest on Sunday.