Troy State beats Southern Miss, 9-4

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 26, 2001

HATTIESBURG, Miss. ­ A 16-hit performance helped Troy State to pull out a 9-4 victory over Southern Miss on the road at Pete Taylor Park on Tuesday.

After five complete scoreless innings, the Trojans (21-22) nailed a RBI single and two RBI doubles to send three runners home in the top of the sixth and jump out to a 3-0 lead.

The Eagles (20-25) put their first runs on the board with a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning. Southern Miss then posted its final two runs in the seventh inning, when first baseman Bobby Garner and left fielder Michael Artman had RBI singles.

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Troy State rallied in the seventh inning with five runs off of five hits. Brian Lipman, Tim Ellis, Lance Newman, Collin Holder and Casey Smith all had hits in the inning, including a two-run homer by Holder, his ninth home run of the season. Holder led the Trojan offense, going 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs. Freshman designated hitter Wade Miller crossed the plate in the eighth inning on a wild pitch after reaching on a single to center field to give the Trojans their last run of the game.

Freshman Mal Winters (2-1), a righty from Pine Apple, Ala., earned the win on the mound for Troy State, allowing no runs off of three hits while striking out five batters in the first five innings. Sophomore Shawn Andrews also picked up his second save of the season, allowing only one hit and striking out three batters in the last two and two-thirds innings.

The Trojans are on the road again this weekend to face Trans America Athletic Conference foe Jacksonville for a three-game weekend series. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. on Friday, while Saturday’s doubleheader begins at 1 p.m.