This is a news release from Southern Miss athletics
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Southern Miss scored a season-high for runs in collecting a 15-3 Conference USA victory over WKU here Saturday afternoon at Nick Denes Field.
The Golden Eagles (19-12-1 overall, 7-6 C-USA) evened the series at a game apiece, with the deciding game set for 12 noon on Sunday. The contest will be telecast on the American Sports Network, including in the state of Mississippi on WHPM in Hattiesburg (FOX 23), WGBC in Meridian (FOX 30) and Cox Sports Television in Greenwood.
Southern Miss exploded for six runs in both the second and third innings, taking advantage of three Hilltopper errors over that span, to break open the game.
Tim Lynch and Matt Durst each had two hits to lead the nine-hit Golden Eagle attack.
With one out in the second, Lynch reached on a fielding error by first baseman Ryan Church. After a single to Matt Durst, Ryan Ellis then loaded the bases on Church's second fielding error of the frame.
The Golden Eagles then scored a pair of runs on back-to-back bases loaded walks to Chase Scott and Austin Roussel, before Michael Sterling hit a grand slam to leftfield. It was Sterling's first round-tripper of the year and first in 464 at bats, since collecting a homer at UL Lafayette in March of 2012, his freshman season.
Southern Miss then opened the third inning on a throwing error by shortstop Cody Wofford. Lynch followed with a single, before a pair of flyouts. Scott then doubled in a run off the left-centerfield wall and Roussel knocked in Scott with a double of his own.
After Sterling was hit by a pitch, Connor Barron blasted his team-tying best fourth homer of the year to right to make it 12-0.
The visitors added two more runs in the fourth on a fielding error by Wofford and a passed ball, before finishing their scoring in fifth on an RBI double by Lynch.
Freshman Kirk McCarty limited the Hilltoppers (16-15, 7-7) to a run on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts to garner the victory and improve to 2-0 on the year.
WKU got four hits and an RBI from Paul Murray, while Steven Kraft and Ty Hogan also drove in a run for the Toppers.
Josh Bartley, the first of five WKU pitchers, suffered the loss and fell to 4-3 on the year. Barltey allowed eight runs (none earned) on three hits with two walks and one strikeout over 2 1/3 innings.