Golden Eagles Score Six in Third in 8-4 Victory over Tulane
This is a news release from Southern Miss Athletics
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Southern Miss took advantage of a Tulane error to erupt for six runs in the third in an 8-4 non-conference baseball victory over the Green Wave here Wednesday night at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
The Golden Eagles (9-6-1) won for the second-straight game as they got 6 1/3 strong innings from current C-USA Pitcher of the Week Cord Cockrell.
“Everybody was disappointed in the series loss to Oakland but that's behind us now,” Southern Miss coach Scott Berry said. “We've got to look forward to every game that we play. The guys responded well today with that.”
Up 1-0 heading to the bottom of the third, the Golden Eagles registered six hits – four after there were two outs – and took advantage of an early Green Wave error in the frame to tie their season-high for runs in an inning this season.
Austin Roussel started things with a leadoff double, before a Michael Sterling's sacrifice moved him to third. Connor Barron, who had two singles in the contest, hit one through the right side to score Roussel.
After a hit by pitch to Daniel Keating, Dylan Burdeaux reached on a fielding error by Wave second baseman Jake Willsey. In what could have been a double play, instead allowed Barron to score on the play and give the Eagles runners at second and third with one out.
Matt Durst, who saw a team-best eight-game hitting streak snapped in the contest, then collected a sacrifice fly to center, before Tim Lynch knocked in a run with a single. Taylor Braley then doubled, before Chase Scott singled in both Lynch and Braley to complete the scoring in the frame.
The Golden Eagles most crucial run, though, may have come in the first.
With one out in the opening frame, Keating walked and then stole second before ending up on third on an errant throw by Tulane catcher Jake Rogers. Burdeaux followed with a sacrifice fly to score Keating.
“The key was that first inning and how we were able to execute and get the sacrifice fly out of Burdeaux,” Berry said. “I thought that was crucial in setting the tone. We followed up in the third with some quality at bats. We took advantage of an error or two that they had in that inning but regardless, we had quality at-bats, two-out hits. Those are momentum getters that you want to keep in your dugout.”
On the mound, Cockrell improved to 2-0 as he gave up four runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and no walks.
Cockrell gave up a pair of runs in the fifth on a RBI single from Garrett Deschamp and a sacrifice fly to Hunter Hope, while Stephen Alemais belted a two-run homer, his first of the year, in the seventh.
Tulane starter Patrick Duester, who had not allowed a run this season heading into the contest, surrendered seven runs (one earned) on five hits with a walk and a strikeout over 2 2/3 innings to suffer the loss and fall to 2-1 on the year.
The Green Wave fell to 12-5.
The Golden Eagles return to action this weekend as they open Conference USA play at home against FIU. The two teams will play at 6 p.m., on Friday, at 2 p.m., on Saturday and at 12 noon on Sunday.