HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) _The University of Southern Mississippi shook up its baseball lineup Tuesday night, trying to generate more offense and shore up a shaky defense.
Instead, the 23rd Golden Eagles looked much like the same bunch that had scored just five runs in three games over the weekend at then-ninth-ranked Mississippi State University.
Tuesday night at Pete Taylor Park, USM simply couldn’t push the right button to get past a stream of University of New Orleans’ pitchers and Golden Eagle starter Jarod Wright saw a second consecutive start come to an abrupt end as the Privateers left town with a 2-1 victory.
“We just didn’t get it done,” USM coach Scott Berry said.
Eight UNO pitchers checked the Golden Eagles on six hits as USM (4-3) dropped a third consecutive game and its first at home.
UNO (6-1) hasn’t lost since its season opener and won its first road game of the season.
The Golden Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Matt Wallner doubled and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly by Will McGillis off first pitcher out of the pen, Brandon Mitchell.
But the Privateers chased Wright on four consecutive hits, including an RBI- single by catcher Beau Bratton and run-scoring double by Jones College product Luther Woullard.
USM stranded 10 runners over the final eight innings and managed just one run for the third time in four games.
Mitchell (1-0) allowed an unearned run on two hits, walking one and striking out one.
Reeves Martin picked up his third save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning. He allowed a hit and struck out three.
Wright (0-1) gave up two runs on six hits, walking one and striking out five.
Wallner, who went hitless in three games at Mississippi State University last weekend, had two, opposite-field doubles Tuesday. USM leadoff man Gabe Montenegro also had two hits.
UNO finished with nine hits off seven USM pitchers, with the bullpen allowing just three hits and no runs in 6 2/3 innings.
Bratton, Woullard and center fielder Wade Raburn each had two hits for the Privateers.
Tuesday night marked the opening of an eight-game homestand by the Golden Eagles.
USM is scheduled to host Gonzaga University in a three-game series this weekend.