March 20, 2011
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - Southern Mississippi came from behind to defeat the No. 19 UConn baseball team 6-3 on Sunday morning in the Huskies' final game of the Cougar Invitational.
UConn (8-9) took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first after the Huskies led off the ballgame with back-to-back singles. A sacrifice fly by George Springer, his fourth of the season, put the Huskies on the board. Junior John Andreoli scored UConn's first run before Nick Ahmed scored on a Southern Miss throwing error by Jared Bales as his throw to third on Ahmed's steal sailed high over his target.
Two walks and a single loaded the bases for the Huskies in the third inning before Ryan Fuller was hit by a pitch to earn his ninth RBI of the season.
Southern Miss (15-3) tallied runs in three straight innings to take a one-run lead in the bottom of the sixth. After cutting the UConn advantage to one run at 3-2, the Golden Eagles scored two runs in the sixth to take its first lead of the contest.
The Golden Eagles extended their lead to 6-3 in the seventh with another two-run inning. After registering a two-RBI single in the sixth, Adam Doleac doubled down the left field line to score two more runs. It was his second straight hit of the contest.
Greg Nappo gave up two earned runs in five innings of work. He allowed six hits in his fourth start of the season for the Huskies. Will Jolin, who entered the contest without an earned run to his name this year, allowed four hits and one walk as well as four earned runs. After throwing 1.1 innings, David Fischer came out of the bullpen for the Huskies and faced eight batters. He struck out one, walked one and allowed one hit in 1.2 innings of work.
Jolin took the loss to move to 1-1 on the year. Southern Mississippi's Geoffrey Thomas pitched a complete game for the Golden Eagles as he allowed three runs and four hits, while striking out six.
Fuller's one-hit performance extended his hitting streak to nine games as he added an RBI. Andreoli as well as teammate Nick Ahmed tallied one hit and one run as well. The Golden Eagles out-hit the Huskies 11-4 on the afternoon.
UConn will host Holy Cross on Tuesday afternoon at J.O. Christian Field in the Huskies' first game in Storrs this season. Game time is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.