Press Release from SouthernMiss.com
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Houston used a six-run, second inning to race out to an early lead and defeat Southern Miss 10-5 here Sunday in Conference USA baseball action and avoid a sweep at the hands of the Golden Eagles in the opening series of league play.
The Golden Eagles (14-10 overall, 2-1 C-USA) had a three-game winning streak snapped as it was the first time in 10 meetings that the Cougars had been able to collect a win over USM at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
Blake Brown tallied a three-run homer in the seventh, his sixth of the season, to provide the big offensive blow for the home squad, but it was too little, too late as the Cougars had built a 10-2 advantage up prior to his blast.
After getting out of a jam in the first inning with two runners stranded, USM starter Cody Livingston (1-1) could not get an out in the second as he allowed four-straight hits to start the frame and then hit a batter to end his day.
Livingston allowed five runs on six hits with a strikeout to suffer the loss.
Southern Miss allowed a season-high 17 hits as Jonathan Davis, Landon Appling and Chase Jensen each collected three hits for the visitors, while John Cannon, Price Jacobs and Zach Gibson added two each.
After allowing the six runs in the second, the Golden Eagles closed the gap with two runs in the bottom of the frame.
Ashley Graeter, who had two of the five Golden Eagle hits, doubled to start the stanza. After a groundout and a walk, Travis Creel singled in Graeter and Chase Fowler added a sacrifice fly.
With the score 6-2, Houston added a solo run in the third and fifth innings and two more in the fourth to complete their scoring.
Freshman Taylor Nunez limited the Cougars (10-12, 1-2) to just three hits over the final five innings in relief and fanned two while walking one.
UH starter Justin Pruitt (2-2) went 6 2/3 innings and surrendered three runs on four hits and four walks with six strikeouts to capture the victory.
The Golden Eagles return to action Tuesday when they entertain Louisiana-Monroe (13-11) in a 6 p.m., contest at home to end a string of seven-of-game at the friendly confines of Pete Taylor Park.