Southern Miss Sweeps Season Series with Ole Miss in 6-5 Victory Tuesday Night at Pearl
This is a news release from Southern Miss Athletics
PEARL, Miss. – Matt Durst scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh on a wild pitch as Southern Miss defeated Ole Miss 6-5 here Tuesday night at Trustmark Park.
The Golden Eagles (18-11-1) swept the season series with the Rebels – also beating Ole Miss 5-1 in Hattiesburg on March 4 – to win their sixth-straight and ninth of the last 10 contests over their in-state rival.
Southern Miss registered its fourth-straight double-digit hit contest with 13, including three from Tim Lynch, and two each from Taylor Braley, Durst and Michael Sterling.
The game featured five lead changes and the Golden Eagles scored all five times that they had the leadoff man reach base.
Southern Miss jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first on a RBI double by Braley.
After Ole Miss got two in the bottom of the frame, Austin Roussel – who finished 14-for-20 against Ole Miss for his career – doubled to lead off the second. After a single by Sterling, Nick Dawson tied the game with a single up the middle. Southern Miss then went ahead on a bases-loaded walk to Braley to make it 3-2.
Sterling then drove in his only run of the game in the third on a flair to rightfield, before the Rebels cut the gap to 4-3 with a Colby Bortles' RBI single in the bottom of the inning.
Sikes Orvis put Ole Miss (16-17) up for the last time in the fifth on a two-run double to left-centerfield, before the Golden Eagles tied the game in the sixth on a run-scoring single to center by Burdeaux.
The designated visiting team, the Golden Eagles, then went ahead for good in the seventh. Durst led off the inning pivotal with a double. After a groundout to move Durst to third and a strikeout, Durst later scored on a Drake Robison wild pitch which proved to be the winning run.
Four Golden Eagle relievers combined to allow just two runs (one earned) to the Rebels and Kirk McCarty, the fourth of five Southern Miss hurlers, allowed just one walk over 2 2/3 innings to get the victory and improve to 1-0.
Ryan Milton allowed a hit and fanned a batter in the ninth to earn his seventh save of the campaign.
Robison, the third of five Ole Miss pitchers, allowed a run on a hit with a walk and two strikeouts to suffer the loss and fall to 0-1.
The Golden Eagles return to action this weekend when they travel to Bowling Green, Ky., to face Western Kentucky in a three-game Conference USA series, beginning with a 6 p.m., contest on Friday.