This is a news release from Southern Miss athletics
HOUSTON, Texas – Connor Teykl finished a two-run fifth inning with a go-ahead run-scoring single to lift No. 14 Rice over Southern Miss 6-3 here Friday night at Reckling Park in the opening game of a Conference USA series.
The Owls took advantage of leadoff walks in the first, fourth and fifth innings, as each hitter scored and the home squad notched two runs in each of those frames off of Golden Eagle starter Cody Carroll (1-1).
Down 3-2 in the fourth, the Golden Eagles (14-9-1, 3-3 C-USA) took their only lead of the contest when they scored all three of their runs on five hits.
Matt Durst led off the frame with a single to center. After a groundout, Dylan Burdeaux doubled to left-center to cut the gap to a run by driving in Durst. Chuckie Robinson then tied the game with a single, scoring Burdeaux, before Nick Dawson followed with an RBI single giving Southern Miss its only lead.
Rice (18-10, 3-3) then went ahead for good in its half of the fourth on back-to-back RBI singles from Tristan Gray and Teykl. They added two more runs one inning later on a John Clay Reeves RBI single and a run-scoring fielder's choice.
The Owls took the early lead in the first. After a walk to Ryan Chandler opened the inning, Ford Stainback followed with a double down the leftfield line to score Chandler. Leon Byrd then plated the first run with a sacrifice fly before Kirby Taylor's single knocked in the inning's second run.
Carroll lasted four-plus innings for the visitors, suffering the loss in the contest. The junior allowed all six runs on five hits with three walks and two hit batters to go along with five strikeouts. Cord Cockrell threw the final four innings for Southern Miss, surrendering just two hits.
Kevin McCanna started for Rice and went seven innings, getting the victory and improving to 3-2. He gave up three runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts in the winning effort. Josh Pettitte threw the final two frames to earn his first save.
The two teams continue the series with a 2 p.m., contest on Saturday.