Southern Miss scores 10 in sixth to run-rule FIU in series finale

Southern Miss scores 10 in sixth to run-rule FIU in series finale

This is a news release from Southern Miss athletics

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Daniel Keating collected two triples in the sixth inning, tying a school-record, and Southern Miss scored all of its runs in the sixth to capture a 10-0, seven-inning Conference USA victory over FIU here Sunday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.

The Golden Eagles won their eighth C-USA home series of their last 11 dating back to the start of the 2013 campaign, improving to 11-7-1 overall and 2-1 in league play this season.

Keating, a freshman from Gulfport, Miss., matched the triples school mark with 13 other former Golden Eagles and added four runs driven in as well.

The game proved to be a pitcher's duel between FIU's Chris Mourelle and the Eagles' James McMahon through the first five and a half innings, before Southern Miss' big inning.

Nick Dawson and Connor Barron each singled to start the sixth, before Keating tripled both runs home to open the scoring. Breck Kline then singled in Keating to chase Mourelle from the contest.

Mourelle (3-2) allowed five runs on seven hits with a strikeout over five-plus innings to suffer the loss.

Matt Durst then greeted the FIU reliever with a triple down the rightfield line to score Kline, before scoring on a wild pitch. After a strikeout, Taylor Braley was hit by a pitch and then went to third on a pair of passed balls. Austin Roussel then walked and both runners moved up on a wild pitch to make the score 6-0.

The Panthers (9-11, 1-2) went to the bullpen again and, after a groundout, Dawson singled for the second time in the frame, driving in Roussel. After Barron reached on a throwing error by shortstop Julius Gaines, Keating tripled into the leftfield corner, driving in two more runs, before scoring on a Kline's second single in the frame.

It was the first 10-plus run inning for Southern Miss since they registered 13 tallies against Houston on March 24, 2012.

McMahon (4-0) limited the Panthers to four hits and three walks with a pair of strikeouts for both his second complete game and shutout of the year in the victory.

The Golden Eagles return to action Tuesday when they travel to face New Orleans in a 6:30 p.m., contest.