Braley gets four hits and drives in four in series-clinching win at WKU Sunday

Braley gets four hits and drives in four in series-clinching win at WKU Sunday

This is a news release from Southern Miss athletics

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Freshman Taylor Braley had four hits and drove in four runs to lead Southern Miss to a 6-3 Conference USA victory over WKU here Sunday afternoon at Nick Denes Field.

The Golden Eagles (20-12-1 overall, 8-6 C-USA) won the series with the triumph in the finale, after winning 15-3 on Saturday.

Braley had four of the Golden Eagles' 15 hits, along with three from Austin Roussel and two from Tim Lynch. It was Braley's first hit which got Southern Miss on the board early in the contest.

After a leadoff single by Michael Sterling to start the game and a one-out walk to Dylan Burdeaux, Braley collected his first home run of the season, a three-run shot, to give the Golden Eagles the early 3-0 advantage.

The visitors increased that lead to 5-0 in the fifth as Braley collected a one-out double to drive in Burdeaux for the second time, who singled a batter earlier. Lynch then drove home Braley with a single of his own up the middle.

The Hilltoppers (16-16, 7-8) cut into the Southern Miss lead by scoring a pair of runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth before the Golden Eagles pitching staff took over down the stretch.

Golden Eagle starter James McMahon (7-0) threw five strong innings to get the victory, giving up two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks, while fanning three in the contest.

After giving up a run to open the sixth, reliever Nick Johnson then settled down to retire the final seven batters he faced over three innings of work with three strikeouts and Ryan Milton threw a perfect ninth to earn his eighth save of the season.

Southern Miss added one more run in the seventh on a run-scoring single to right by Austin Roussel.

WKU starter Austin King (1-4) allowed five runs on nine hits over 4 1/3 innings with a walk and two strikeouts to suffer the loss.

The Golden Eagles finish the five-game road swing on Tuesday when they travel to New Orleans to face former C-USA foe Tulane. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m.