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Downed trees alter campus landscape Tyler Hill News Editor
During the tornado that devastated Hattiesburg two weeks ago, prominent buildings on the University of Southern Mississippi campus, including the Performing Arts Center and Ogletree Alumni House, were heavily damaged, and it will take months for those buildings to aesthetically get back to normal. Though the buildings are vital to Southern Miss in terms of academics and alumni relations, they are already in the process of being rebuilt. However, the tornado also took about 75 trees at the front of campus, landmarks that can’t be so easily replaced. Planted in the 1920s, the oaks that stood in the historic district graced the landscape of the front of campus, making it a beautiful entryway into the heart of campus. Now those same trees are nothing but stumps, leaving an
open and bare campus for all motorist on Hardy Street to see. USM Superintendent of Campus Landscape Loren Erickson surveyed the damage shortly following the storm. “My initial thoughts were shock and amazement at seeing one of our largest, oldest live oaks blown up and all the other trees lying shredded in the road,” Erickson told University Communications. “When I saw it by the light of day, I was absolutely devastated. So much of USM, and the community as a whole, kind of identifies with the front of campus. I knew there would be a huge sense of loss.” Kimberly Gaddis, an admissions counselor in the Office of Admissions, said the oak trees surrounding Lake Byron and The District made campus homey. “The front of campus has always been my favorite because of the history, and the oak trees added a lot of character,” Gaddis said. “Thankfully, the oak tree in front of Kennard-
A single standing oak remains outside of Southern Hall on the south end of campus.
Washington made it through the storm.” Erickson said the process of replanting and landscaping will be a delicate process, due to
extensive ground repair, grading and irrigation repair. If the ground is not properly restored before replanting trees and other plant life, it will become too
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wet and uninhabitable. Drainage has also been affected, along with grass needing to be
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MCJ professor remembered as inspiring mentor Rachel Beech Printz Writer Dr. Gene Wiggins, a professor emeritus in the University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, died Thursday, Feb. 21 at his home in Hattiesburg. He was 69. Wiggins officially became part of the Southern Miss family in 1973 after earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from USM and a Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.
Wiggins also wrote for the Jackson Daily News and the Hattiesburg American. His public service efforts extended far beyond his job as a public information officer when he was in the U.S. Air Force. Rick Cleveland, Executive Director of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, began working with Wiggins at the Hattiesburg American when he was 13 years old. After Wiggins’ visitation Monday night, Cleveland recalled one of the most impressionable lessons he received from Wiggins.
Dr. Gene Wiggins
“It was past midnight at the Hattiesburg American and Gene was outside waiting on me while smoking a cigarette,”
Cleveland said. “He looked at me and said, ‘Why are you taking so long? We ain’t tryin’ to be Hemingway or Faulkner— hurry up and finish the damn thing!’” Cleveland, who will be reading the eulogy at Wiggins’ funeral, also recalled that Wiggins had the gift of making each person he conversed with feel important. “He made you feel important every time you spoke to him,” Cleveland said. “Not many people have the ability to do something like that. He truly dispensed wit and wisdom into
his daily teachings, and that is what set him apart.” Wiggins made an impression on hundreds of students with his knowledge of media law, especially former student Hazel Cole, a professor at the University of West Georgia. Wiggins inspired Cole to receive her bachelor’s degree, even though she was married with a child. He also inspired her to pursue her master’s, which led her to pursue her doctorate in 2008. “Dr. Wiggins referred to me
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USM takes honors in theatre festival Chase Ladner Printz Writer
The theatre department at the University of Southern Mississippi recently sent students to participate in a regional theater festival, winning two events and being honored in many more. These students took part of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival between Feb. 5 and 9 and were critiqued by national judges and compared to other schools in the Southeast region. The best of the different
events are sent to nationals. The first of the two events was costume design, which was taken by Stephanie Abby, a third-year MFA candidate. Like all other events besides acting, participants bring a body of their work, which could involve sketches or actual objects, to be judged. “It’s always a little bit nervewracking, but our department prepares us very well for that process,” Abby said. The faculty of the theatre department often evaluates students in a similar manner as they would be by the KCACTF, besides a couple of format changes.
“It’s a great opportunity for our students,” said Kelly James-Penot, costume shop supervisor and a previous national winner in this event. “They get a chance to hear feedback about their work from people other than us.” This is the second year in a row USM has gone to nationals for this event, and it has been noticed. The Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas has selected four students from USM, including Abby, to fill their seven slots for a summer program. “Most importantly, it is an opportunity to see where the students stand among other students at other colleges and to see when
they measure up and who they will be competing with for jobs.” The other event Southern Miss won was for acting. Out of 409 actors, Alex Piper, a third-year graduate student, and his acting partner Kris Kuss will be one of two groups representing the region in nationals. Recently appearing in last semester’s “School for Scandal,” Piper was praised for his comedic skill by judges. “This opportunity is only made possible by the training and mentoring of such phenomenal professors and colleagues within the department,” Piper said. Abby, Piper and Kuss will travel
to Washington, D.C. in April to be judged on the national level. If they are honored then or not, the theatre department has not overlooked what they have already accomplished. “We were up against powerhouse theatre schools like SCAD and Central Florida,” said Monica Hayes, head of performance for the theatre department. “When we win, we prove that great artists come from Southern Miss, too. No one can dispute that our work is professional quality and our students are nationally competitive. We are thrilled for these students.”
Annual spring career fair to be held Wednesday Mary Margaret Halford Executive Editor Representatives from about 75 companies will be on campus Wednesday for Career Services’ annual spring Career Fair, which will be held in the Thad Cochran Center from noon until 4 p.m. “It’s important because it connects employers and students,” said Rusty Anderson, director of Career Services at the University of Southern Mississippi. “The Career Fair creates learning opportunities for both parties.” Anderson said the event benefits employers because they get
to see what USM students have to offer, and students gain by learning about job and internship opportunities, as well as professional presentation skills. Anderson added that business attire is suggested for all who plan on attending the career fair. “Students should dress to impress,” Anderson said. “A professional image is important.” Jeans, sweatpants, tennis shoes and baseball hats are a few examples of clothing that has been deemed inappropriate for the event. If a student required to go to the Career Fair for class is not dressed appropriately, Anderson said proof of attendance will not be given.
The event is open to all students, including those in graduate school. Anderson said interested sophomores could find potential internships, while seniors could start their job searches. Freshmen are encouraged to attend and explore opportunities. “It’s a great way to build rapport with employers from semester to semester,” Anderson said. Though some companies may not take paper resumes and will require students to apply online, Anderson said it is not a bad idea to have resumes prepared before coming to the event. Anderson said between 1,200 and 1,300 typically attend the career fairs
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Student journalist causes controversy April Garon Printz Writer
When Cassidi Bush, a University of Southern Mississippi student and staff writer at the Laurel-Leader Call covered the same-sex wedding ceremony of Jessica Powell and Crystal Craven, she did not foresee the whirlwind of negative and positive reactions that would follow both locally and globally. “I was just doing my job,” Bush said. Bush’s article, titled “Historic Wedding,” was published on the front page of the community newspaper on Feb. 7 and first received attention and backlash from subscribers in the Jones County area.
A post regarding the article on the Leader-Call’s Facebook page has more than 200 comments. Many were showing support, but some commenters reacted negatively to the article. One commenter said it was “insulting” to see the news in her local newspaper. “One of the most surprising comments was a lady that questioned my faith,” Bush said. “They said if you were a Christian you would have known better. I don’t think it had anything to do with my faith. It had to do with my job.” Bush noted that she has written articles on topics such as child exploitation that have made the front page with little to no reaction, yet this article sparked a lot of backlash.
Jennifer Lowe, a staff writer at the Laurel-Leader Call, witnessed the backlash that Bush and the paper received following publication. “It was disappointing to see the reactions that Jones County had,” Lowe said. “It’s unfortunate that people responded that way because Cassidi was just doing her job.” Bush said Laurel Leader-Call lost about 40 subscriptions since the article was published, but they have gained around 200 since the paper received national attention. Bush, a senior broadcast journalism major, believes that her journalism training at USM influenced her when writing the article. She also felt it was important to keep her person-
al opinions separate from her work. “Southern [Miss] has taught me how to be objective about my opinions, and a lot of my teachers focus on ethics and objectivity,” Bush said. “It’s not my job to sift through things I like and dislike. It’s my job to report the news, whether people agree with or not. There is always going to be somebody who disagrees.” Deep South Progressive, a blog run by USM student Ashton Pittman, first brought greater attention to the article. Pittman’s blog post was tweeted by Rachel Maddow, an MSNBC television show host. After this, the article went viral and was featured on CNN, Yahoo, Gawker, MSN and even Perez Hilton.
Bush is shocked at the amount of coverage her article has received. “It’s been really crazy,” Bush said. “This is not a story that I would have ever dreamed would get my name out there.” Because of the international coverage of her story, Bush has received hundreds of emails of support, some even from abroad. She has received emails from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, India, Iceland, Belgium and Canada. Bush said the emails were from the LGBT community as well as heterosexual supporters. “I also received emails from fellow journalists and scholars who supported our journalistic integrity at the Laurel-Leader Call,” Bush said. “That meant a lot.”
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85th Annual Academy Awards Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained” Best Animated Short Film: “Paperman” Best Animated Feature Film: “Brave” Achievement in Cinematography: “Life of Pi,” Claudio Miranda Achievement in Visual Effects: “Life of Pi” Achievement in Costume Design: “Anna Karenina,” Jacqueline Durran Achievement in Makeup & Hairstyling: “Les Misérables” Best Live-Action Short Film: “Curfew” Best Documentary Short Subject: “Inocente” Best Documentary Feature: “Searching for Sugar Man” Best Foreign-Language Film: “Amour” Achievement in Sound Mixing: “Les Misérables” Achievement in Sound Editing: “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Skyfall” Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway, “Les Misérables” Achievement in Film Editing: “Argo” Achievement in Production Direction: “Lincoln” Original Score: “Life of Pi,” Mychael Danna Original Song: “Skyfall,” Adele Adkins & Paul Epworth Adapted Screenplay: “Argo,” Chris Terrio Original Screenplay: “Django Unchained,” Quentin Tarantino Achievement in Directing: Ang Lee, “Life of Pi” Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis, “Lincoln” Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook” Best Motion Picture: “Argo”
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#OSCARS2013 @joelmchale “Kristen Stewart is limping because she sprained her ankle from being excessively disinterested.” @TheNardvark “Jennifer Lawrence’s legs just won for worst supporting an actress.” @sgervais21 “Of all the world problems, the first one that we must address is the fact that Juicy J has more Oscars than Leonardo Dicaprio” @ohthatcharlie “Is Barbara Streisand singing her memoriam tribute? I had no clue she died.” @germenis10 “Tim Burton, the best work you’ve done since 2003 was a Samsung commercial. This is your life, these are your choices.” @buzzfeedandrew “Joseph Gordon-Levitt won the Oscar last night for Best Photobomb” @spenceralthouse “’She doesn’t even go here!’ -Leo DiCaprio to Academy Award winner Adele”
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#TheRHOyalBLUenvy 2.28.2013 #ClubMemories Door open at 9:20! Your USM Zetas would like to thank you all that came out to our pageant Sunday! We and our contestants really appreciate it! Come join the Iota Kappa Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in celebrating the last day of Black History Month. We will be hosting our signature program, “ESSENCE OF BLACK” 2/28/13 at 6pm at The Cultural Center! So you want to be a Stage Monkey? Join us THIS THURSDAY at 7 in Joseph Greene 115 for AUDITIONS. Fun, laughs and improv comedy mayhem will ensue! BYOB--Bring Your Own Banana. I don’t know about anyone else, but I won’t mind AT ALL if you want to put change in my case. Feel free to give as much as you want! It’s just a few days before Southern Miss Quidditch takes on the rest of the South to compete for a place at the Quidditch World Cup. Eat well, sleep well, learn the plays, and focus - we can do this! SMQTTT! To the guy who has a crush on the tall brunette working in the Library Learning Commons, don’t be afraid to drop by and say hey To the guy that just started making omelets in the fresh without gloves. DON’T ASK ME IF I WANT ANY CHEESE! Fellow Eagles: This year has been rough on our institution. Between Hurricane Isaac and the tornado that ripped through the campus, we must not give up hope. Life will get tough and so will professors but we must continue on. We are stronger than puppy dogs and teddy bears from the North. SMTTT! KNASTY KNOX, KNASTY KNOX, KNAAAAAAAAAAASTY KNOX, HEY! #KnoxSGA13 Cant wait to see what this new SGA group had in store! Im ready for a change! SMTTT!
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SGA Elections: We need a change What has SGA done for you? What has SGA done for you lately? Those are two very similar questions with two very different answers in our opinion. Historically, the Student Government Association at Southern Miss has been very active. Our favorite example of this happened in 1982, when one determined SGA president and an involved student body made the push for a Mardi Gras holiday, a break that is still being observed more than 30 years later. When Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas first approved the Mardi Gras break, it was a one-day holiday. Years later, another eager SGA president came on board, and the break was extended to two days. SGA was also responsible for the construction of the Payne Center on campus, a place that many students couldn’t imagine their lives without today. When we look back at the history of Southern Miss, it seems
that SGA has played a significant role in the development of the university, which brings us back to our original question: what has SGA done lately? Aside from knowing about Eaglepalooza, most students can’t even tell you what the role of student government is on campus. Many don’t know that SGA has meetings and passes legislation. But our question is, what have those meetings been about in the past few years? We aren’t demanding that SGA provide us with another holiday or a brand-new facility on campus, but we do think the organization that is the so-called “voice of the student body” should be a little more active. So how should we go about fixing this problem? All the candidates we’ve seen in the past few years have had something in common, a promise for change. However, we haven’t seen that change.
The Student Printz editors feel that in order to restore SGA to its full potential, a change needs to occur within the organization. Two candidates stood out to us in terms of the possibility of bringing about that change: Ann Marie Chilcutt for president and Owen Terry for vice president. These two have not previously been involved with SGA, and we feel that it is a good thing. In order to bring fresh insight to the organization, we need people free from the influences of their experiences within the broken system we have now. Though our suggestion is a Chilcutt/Terry ticket, the most important thing to remember today is just to vote. The previous SGA administrations who got us a break and a fitness center couldn’t do anything without the help of an involved student body, and the upcoming administration can’t either.
tal of about 90 rings. Rhinehart said there is a positive, a clean slate. “There are already a couple of plans for that part of campus on file. We will dust those files off and add our twist to the design,” said Rhinehart. “Science has a term for such an
event – ‘punctuated equilibria,’ which means that things stay the same until a catastrophe and then a new order takes over. Well, a new order will take over, and everyone will be proud of the results.”
that he wasn’t afraid,” Cole said. His fearlessness rang true in the classroom of his media law and ethics class last semester—the last class he ever taught. Wiggins did not tell his class about his illness because he did not want anyone’s studies to get off track. “He was an awesome teacher who used many life lessons in his lectures,” said senior
broadcast journalism major Zak Ducote, who took Wiggins’ class in the fall. “His knowledge about media was unparalleled and his class was insightful.” “He was awesome,” Cole said. “That’s the only word I can describe him: awesome.”
TREES, from 1 grown via sod or seed. Kenneth Rhinehart, adjunct professor of environmental science and a member of the University’s Tree Management Task Force, told University Communications that he counted the rings on the live oak in The District, with a to-
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as his daughter, and I still consider myself as his daughter,” Cole said. “He taught me to be true to what I’m doing—to be the best teacher I can be, and to pass the torch.” Cole remembered Dr. Wiggins by the way he was firm in his beliefs. “When he found out he was sick, he called me and told me he was a righteous man and
We are currently about to vote in SGA elections. Why should you vote for Chilcutt & Terry you ask? Because they care about Southern Miss! Ann Marie was one of the tour guides that ﬁrst showed & introduced me to Southern MIss. She knows and loves the people @ Southern Miss. Vote Chilcutt & Terry. Putting the Students back in Student Government!!! To the guy wearing the University of Texas shirt in his campaign video... What happened to I AM Southern Miss? #RRRFail
Vote CRYSTAL JOHNSON SGA Treasurer 2013-2014!!!! Hey guys, vote for Connor ‘Knasty’ Knox, The Underdog, today at the SGA polls. He may not have any fancy campaign video, but he deﬁnitely gets the job done. SMTTT!
Vote Brandon Hersey for SGA president! He’s an awesome person and would make a great leader on this campus!!!!!!!!! I for one can’t wait until SGA elections are over. Everyone knows they don’t do anything anyway.
Hersey/Sims for Student Government Association president and vice president! Reform. Revamp. Restore. Don’t forget to support Tri Delta during Triple Play this week! Greek Life TTT!!!!!!
Just a week and a half until spring break!!! Hang in there everyone!!! Technology can be like so wonky sometimes ya know?
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Football field possibly damaged by tornado The Southern Miss football field is currently off-limits due to potential damage from the Feb. 10 tornado. It’s currently unclear whether the field will need any type of work done on it, but there is a possibility it could need to be replaced. “It is very possible that it could be sanitized, but it’s also very possible that it can’t be because of the age of the turf,” Athletic Director Jeff Hammond told the Hattiesburg American. “All options are open at this stage.” Southern Miss is set to start spring football practice on March 19, and the annual Black and Gold Game is scheduled for April 20. It is still unclear whether the field will be ready for use by practice time. The Hattiesburg American reported last week that the turf is scheduled to be replaced at the conclusion of the 2013 football season. The cost would be $650,000 to $700,000 and is already slotted into the facility upgrade plan. Basketball falls at Memphis The Southern Miss men’s basketball team suffered their thirteenth straight loss at Memphis on Saturday afternoon, falling to the
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Tigers for the second time this season, 89-73. After trading baskets for the majority of the first half, Memphis went on an 18-3 run to finish the half up 46-30. The teams continued to trade buckets for the remainder of the game, with Memphis leading by as much as 23 points. Dwayne Davis led Southern Miss with a career-high 28 points on 8-of13 shooting. Jerrold Brooks added 16 points for the Golden Eagles, and Jonathan Mills added 11 points and a game-high 9 rebounds. Chris Crawford and Shaq Goodwin led five Memphis players in double figures with 19 points apiece. The win also locked up the regular season conference title for Memphis. Southern Miss (21-7, 10-3 CUSA) will face East Carolina at Reed Green Coliseum next Saturday at 7 p.m. Jamie Collins impresses at NFL Combine Former Golden Eagle football standout Jamie Collins has been impressing NFL scouts over the weekend in Indianapolis. After conducting medical examinations, psychological evaluations and interviews the past couple of
days, Collins got to go to work on the field today. The 6’3” Collins showed off his athletic ability on Monday, especially in the broad jump, where he broke the all-group combine record with an 11-foot, 7-inch jump. He also stood out in the 40-yard dash (4.64 seconds), the bench press (225 lbs for 19 reps) and the vertical jump (41.5 inches). The vertical jump mark was one inch off of the record for linebackers. Southern Miss’s Pro Day is scheduled for March 8 at the Rock, with NFL.com naming Collins and offensive lineman Jason Weaver as “notable players to watch.” Track and Field finishes No. 6 and No. 8 at indoor championships The Southern Miss indoor track and field teams concluded the 2013 Conference USA Indoor Championship at the Birmingham Crossplex in Birmingham, Ala. on Sunday after winning several medals over the weekend. The men’s team finished tied for sixth place with 49 total points. The women’s team finished ninth with 30 total points. The shotputters highlighted the weekend for the Golden Eagles, winning three medals total. Senior
shotputter Robert Collingwood took home the lone gold medal for the Eagles, winning the men’s shot put with a throw of 17.72 meters. Collingwood’s twin brother also medaled in the event, finishing third overall with a throw of 17.05 meters. Junior Rachel Polk took home the bronze medal in the women’s shot
put with a throw of 15.17 meters. Also taking home bronze medals were freshman triple jumper Christopher Monroe and 60-meter hurdler Randy McCoy. Freshman Felice Johnson recorded a school-record of 4:51:24 in the women’s one-mile run while finishing sixth overall in the event.
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Eagles take two in Southern Miss Invitational Barrett Negus Printz Writer Golden Eagles take two in Southern Miss Invitational Game 1 Andrew Pierce tossed seven and a third scoreless innings in a 6-3 win over Eastern Illinois in the Golden Eagles’ first game of the Southern Miss Invitational. Isaac Rodriguez started a fourrun second inning with a leadoff double to left-center before Blake Brown followed with a single to left field put runners on the corners with no outs. Designated hitter Tim Lynch plated Rodriguez on a single through the right side of the infield, followed by a sacrifice fly by Andrew Furr scoring Brown. Bradley Roney walked before Chase Fowler’s single to right scored Lynch and Roney after the ball was misplayed in the outfield, making the score 4-0. The Eagles pushed across one more run in the sixth on a Panther error to stretch the lead to five. Pierce (2-0) set down the first ten hitters of the game before
allowing a one-out single in the fourth. He struck out five, allowing only three hits before an hour and a half rain delay ended his night after only 77 pitches, 55 of which were strikes. The Panthers plated three runs in the eighth off Luke Lowery before Daniel Wineski came on to get the save, pitching one and a third innings of hitless relief. Furr drove in his second run of the game in the bottom half of the eighth on a single up the middle scoring Brown. Game 2 The Golden Eagles struggled hitting with runners in scoring position, stranding eight runners in a 5-1 loss to Missouri State on day two of the invitational. Missouri State took a 1-0 lead on two-out Koby Peebles single up the middle in the fourth after a leadoff double off Eagle starter Jake Drehoff. The Bears added two in the fifth on three errors and two wild pitches via the Eagle defense. The Bears’ starter Nick Petree (1-0), a 2012 All-American, allowed only one run in seven innings of work, striking out seven.
Petree stranded eight Southern Miss runners, giving up seven hits and four walks en route to his first win of the season. Petree set the NCAA record for consecutive scoreless innings, pitching 38 straight innings without giving up a run. He went 73 innings without giving up an earned run, another NCAA record. Blake Brown drove in the only run on an RBI groundout, scoring Michael Sterling from third. Cameron Giannini, one of the lone bright spots for the Eagles, threw four solid innings out of the pen, striking out a careerhigh for the second time this season with seven strikeouts. Drehoff picked up the loss for Southern Miss, pitching four and a third innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits with four strikeouts. Game 3 Southern Miss collected a season high 15 hits in route to a 7-2 win over Alcorn State in the final game of the invitational on Sunday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park. The Golden Eagles struck
first, pushing two runs across in the opening frame. Mason Robbins drove in the first run on a double, his first of four hits, in the right-center field gap before scoring on an error by the Alcorn State first baseman. Southern Miss added two runs in the third inning on five hits and a walk. Roussel ripped a bases loaded single back up the middle scoring Isaac Rodriguez and Tim Lynch, pushing the lead to 5-0. “I am proud of the way we responded from the loss, setting the tone early by scoring some runs,” head baseball coach Scott Berry said. “All in all, we are just making too many mistakes as a whole right now. We are just an average team because we are not doing any of the little things to be a good team.” Two-way star Robbins picked up the win, pitching six innings, giving up one earned run on six hits, striking out five. Alcorn State scored their first run in the sixth inning of Robbins. Cedric Walker led the inning off with a single, followed by a double from Angel Rosa, and scored on Christian Hick-
man’s sacrifice fly to center field. James McMahon came on in relief, stranding runners on second and third in the seventh before giving way to Sean Buchholtz in the eighth. Buchholtz threw one inning giving up one run on three hits. The Eagles tacked on two runs in the bottom of the eighth on three consecutive hits with two outs. Day began the rally with a two-out walk, Rodriguez double down the line scored him, and Robbins drove Rodriguez in on a single over shortstop, his fourth hit of the game. “I think we are just pressing a little bit so it was good to come out and swing the bats good today,” Robbins said. “Its better to have an ugly win than an ugly loss any day.” Jay Myrick closed the game with two strikeouts in the ninth without allowing a hit. The Golden Eagles (5-2) return to action on Tuesday, traveling to Monroe, La. to play University of Louisiana - Monroe. Freshman right-hander Jake Winston will toe the rubber for the Eagles in his second career start.