NEWS RELEASE FROM SOUTHERN MISS
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Southern Miss scored four runs in the eighth to rally for the second time in the contest in defeating the University of New Orleans 8-5 here Wednesday night at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
Blake Brown led the Golden Eagles with three hits, while Mason Robbins added a pair of safeties and Austin Roussel and Chase Fowler each drove in a pair of runs in the contest as Southern Miss swept the two-game midweek series.
Down 5-4 in the bottom of the eighth, Robbins and Brown each singled to lead off the frame. After a popout on a bunt, UNO reliever Garrett Manning walked two batters with the second one to Bradley Roney driving in the tying run.
Daniel Martinez then entered in relief and he gave up an RBI walk to Fowler and USM took the lead for good. Dillon Day followed by hitting into a fielder's choice for a run. The Golden Eagles added another run on the play as the relay throw to get Day at first was errant by second baseman Trevor McCarthy.
UNO jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on a two-run homer by Jonathan Coco, his second of the season.
The Eagles, though, scratched for a solo run in both the second and third innings. Fowler drove in the team's first run with a single and Brown notched his third double in the last two days in the third to drive in a run and even the score.
Southern Miss (15-17) then went ahead in the fourth on a two-run single by Roussel. It was the sophomore's first game back since missing 12 games with a hand injury.
"Our first four runs were on two-out, RBI hits, and we haven't had that in a long time," Southern Miss coach Scott Berry said. "The fact that the offense was able to get us those (hits), those are huge, momentum breakers for the other team."
The Privateers (5-28) retook the lead in the seventh with three runs. UNO bunched together four singles, including a run-scoring single from Zach Liberto and a two RBI, one-base hit from Dan Perkins. Liberto led the Privateers with three hits.
USM reliever Jake Winston, the second of five Golden Eagle pitchers, allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and fanned four to collect the victory and improve to 1-1 on the season.
Andrew Shirley got tagged with the loss by surrendering two runs on two hits and one walk to fall to 0-2.
The Golden Eagles returned to action this weekend when they entertain Marshall in a three-game Conference USA series. The set begins Friday with a 6 p.m., contest, followed by a 2 p.m., tilt on Saturday and a 10:30 a.m., series finale on Sunday.