Southern Miss uses four-run sixth inning to surge past No. 9 Ole Miss, 5-3

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PEARL, Miss. – The University of Southern Mississippi baseball team used a four-run sixth inning to surge past No. 9 Ole Miss for a 5-3 victory at Trustmark Stadium in Pearl, Miss. on Tuesday night. With the win, the Golden Eagles have now won 6-of-7 against the Rebels, including three in a row.

Southern Miss improved to 13-12 overall, while Ole Miss fell to 21-5. The Golden Eagles are now 6-3 all-time against the Rebels at Trustmark Stadium.

The Black and Gold used solid pitching to keep the Rebels off balance. A.J. Glasshof picked up the victory in relief, while Bradley Roney picked up his team-leading seventh save of the season. Cody Carroll started the game, working 5.2 innings. He allowed three runs (one earned run) on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Glasshof took the mound in the sixth inning, tossing 2.1 scoreless innings with three strikeouts and no walks. Roney closed out the game with a perfect 1-2-3 ninth inning that featured a pair of strikeouts. The Southern Miss pitching staff held Ole Miss hitless over the final 5.1 innings.

Offensively, the Golden Eagles scored five runs on 10 hits. Michael Sterling led the team with three runs, scoring a team-high two runs. Austin Roussel posted two hits in the game, including the two-run go-ahead single. Matt Durst added a pair of hits in the contest. Roney posted the only extra-base hit of the game, notching a RBI-double in the sixth inning.

Ole Miss was the first team to score, plating a pair of runs in the top of the third inning. The Rebels started the inning with a single through the right side of the infield. With one out, Ole Miss used a bunt single to place a pair of runners on the bases. The next batter reached on a fielder's choice that saw the Golden Eagles go to second base with the ball. An errant throw allowed the lead runner to score and left the designated visiting team with runners on the corners. The Rebels used a RBI groundout to take a 2-0 advantage, but Carroll was able to get out of the jam with an inning-ending strikeout.

The Rebels increased their advantage to 3-0 with a run in the top of the fourth inning. With one out, Ole Miss benefited from a hit batter. The runner stole second to move into scoring position. The Rebels used a two-out single up the middle to score the runner and extend the lead to three runs.

In the bottom of the fourth, the Golden Eagles chipped into the lead with a run. Sterling delivered a one-out single to center field to end a streak of eight consecutive batters retired by Ole Miss starter Jeremy Massie. Tim Lynch followed with a single to give the Black and Gold runners on the corners. Sterling came around to score on a RBI single by Durst, cutting the deficit to 3-1.

The game changed in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Black and Gold erupted for four innings to take the lead. Sterling led off the inning beating out a bunt single. With one out, Durst singled through the left side of the infield. Dylan Burdeaux hit a line drive back up the middle, hitting Massie in the leg and ricocheting through the left side of the infield. On the play, Sterling came around to score, trimming the margin to 3-2. The Rebels went to the bullpen, but Roney doubled to left center field, tying the score at 3-3. After a second pitching change in the inning, Roussel singled to right field, plating Burdeaux and Roney and giving the Golden Eagles a 5-3 lead they would not relinquish.

The Black and Gold pitching staff held Ole Miss scoreless over the last three innings, posting a combined five strikeouts.

Southern Miss returns to action this weekend as the Golden Eagles travel to Boca Raton, Fla. for a three-game Conference USA series against league newcomer Florida Atlantic.