Courtesy of Southern Miss Athletics
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Conor Fisk threw a complete-game shutout and Nick Dawson drove in both of the game’s runs in the seventh with a double as Southern Miss opened its three-game Conference USA series here Friday night with a 2-0 victory over Louisiana Tech at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
The Golden Eagles (22-17 overall, 11-5 C-USA) and Bulldogs will play game two of the series at 4 p.m., Saturday, following the school’s annual Black and Gold spring game at 1 p.m.
Fisk recorded the school’s first complete-game shutout since he blanked Tulane on April, 7, 2013. Fisk allowed just three hits and one walk, while fanning six to improve to 4-1 on the season. He retired the Bulldogs (10-25, 4-15) in order six times during the contest.
His only trouble came in the fifth when he allowed a leadoff to Tyler Qualls and a single to Bre’shon Kimbell. After a sacrifice bunt and a lineout to second base, Fisk got Taylor Burch looking on a strikeout to end the threat.
“He had a great mix of pitches (tonight),” said Southern Miss coach Scott Berry. “He had tremendous command and he made it easy on the defense. There weren't a lot of hard plays they had to make behind him. To throw 109 pitches and a complete game, I'm very proud of him.”
Austin Greer started the game for the Bulldogs and kept the Golden Eagles off the scoreboard for 2 1/3 innings, allowing two hits and a hit batter, while fanning a pair of USM hitters. Louisiana Tech then went to Phil Maton who was equally as good.
The Golden Eagles finally got to Maton in the seventh. Bradley Roney, one of three Golden Eagles to get two hits in the contest along with Matt Durst and Dawson, singled on a pop up to the infield that the Bulldogs could not corral that landed at the pitcher’s mound. After an out, Austin Roussel singled up the middle. After another flyout, Dawson lined the first pitch he saw from Maton just inside the bag at third base that got into the corner allowing both runners to score.
Maton gave up both runs on six hits to go along with three strikeouts to suffer the loss and fall to 2-6.