Southern Miss Falls to Oakland in Series Opener 3-2 on Friday

Southern Miss Falls to Oakland in Series Opener 3-2 on Friday

This is a news release from Southern Miss Athletics


– Southern Miss got three hits each from Matt Durst and Taylor Braley, but left 12 runners on base in a 3-2 series-opening loss to Oakland here Friday night at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.

The Golden Eagles (7-5-1) had a four-game winning streak snapped as Oakland jumped out immediately in front in the opening inning.

Zach Sterry, who had two of the Golden Grizzlies seven hits, knocked in the game's first run with a run-scoring single to center.

The visitors then registered their final two runs in the sixth off of Golden Eagle starter Christian Talley. Ian Yetsko and Brett Impemba collected back-to-back RBI doubles to give Oakland (1-8) a 3-0 advantage.

Talley (1-3) allowed all three runs on six hits with a walk and a strikeout over 5 1/3 innings to suffer the loss. Junior Luke Lowery threw the final 3 2/3 innings, giving up just a hit and a walk with two strikeouts.

The Golden Eagles cut into the deficit in the bottom of that inning when Chuckie Robinson plated the first run with a groundout, before adding its final tally on a Ryan Ellis RBI single in the eighth.

Southern Miss, though, left a season-high 12 runners on base in the contest. That number included two runners each in the fourth through eighth innings.

Oakland starter Jason Hager (1-0) got the victory by scattering five hits over 5 2/3 innings and allowing a run with strikeouts. Lucas Scocchia, the fifth Golden Grizzlies pitcher of the night, threw the final 1 1/3 and fanned three to earn his first save of the campaign.

The Golden Eagles registered nine hits in the game and Durst extended his hitting streak to six games, while Braley collected a season-high for hits.

The series continues with a 1 p.m., contest on Saturday.