This is a news release from Southern Miss athletics
HOUSTON, Texas – No. 14 Rice used a 10-run first inning to defeat Southern Miss 11-4 here Saturday afternoon at Reckling Park in Conference USA baseball action.
The Golden Eagles (14-10-1 overall, 3-4 C-USA) will look to salvage the final game of the series with the Owls in a 1 p.m., game Sunday after dropping the opening two games of the set.
Ryan Chandler and John Clay Reeves each had three of the 12-hit Rice attack and the home team sent 14 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first, registered nine hits and taking advantage of an early Golden Eagle fielding error.
Both Chandler and Reeves had a pair of hits in the innings, while Leon Byrd collected a pair of doubles in the stanza. Chandler drove in a run in the inning and Reeves plated a run in each of his two at bats.
Charlie Warren added his first homer of the season in the opening frame, and Reeves later blasted his fourth of the year to open the fourth in completing the Rice (19-10, 9-2) scoring.
The Golden Eagles got on the board in the third, chipping into the Rice lead. With two outs, Michael Sterling registered a single and Daniel Keating doubled, before freshman Taylor Braley singled up the middle to drive in both runners.
Chuckie Robinson also added an RBI single in the seventh and Michael Sterling, who had a season-high three hits in the contest, drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth to account for the other Golden Eagle runs.
Christian Talley pitched to just 10 batters in the contest, suffering the loss and falling to 2-4 on the year. Talley gave up eight runs (four earned) on six hits over 2/3 of an inning. Reliever Kirk McCarty then threw 5 1/3 solid innings of relief before Nick Johnson tossed the final two frames.
Blake Fox allowed three runs on eight hits over seven innings with seven strikeouts to earn the victory and improve to 3-0 on the season and 21-0 for his Rice career.