Southern Miss falls in series finale 10-5 to Florida Atlantic

Southern Miss falls in series finale 10-5 to Florida Atlantic

This is a news release from Southern Miss athletics

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Ricky Santiago homered twice, including one in a four-run ninth, to lead No. 16 Florida Atlantic over Southern Miss 10-5 here Sunday afternoon in capturing a Conference USA series win at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.

The game, which was resumed after umpires suspended play due to rain Saturday evening in the bottom of the third with the Owls leading 4-2, saw the Golden Eagles load the bases – after Taylor Braley and Matt Durst singled right before the suspension of the game - when Tim Lynch drew a walk. Rightfielder Dylan Burdeaux, though, then grounded out to end the threat.

The score stayed at 4-2 until the sixth when Estaban Puerta led off the frame with a solo shot to leftfield, his third of the year, to increase the lead for the Owls (31-9 overall, 13-5).

The two teams then traded solo home runs as Lynch belted his team-leading fifth to right-centerfield in the bottom of the frame, before Santiago added the first blast in the seventh.

Santiago's second shot come with one-out in the ninth, to give him six for the year, before CJ Chatham added a two-run single and Ryan Miller added a run-scoring single of his own to complete the visitor's scoring.

Austin Roussel opened the bottom of the ninth with his first homer and added another tally on a sacrifice fly by Braley, before falling in the contest.

Southern Miss scored its first two runs on a solo home run in the second by Chase Scott, his first of the year, and a RBI single by Braley.

Golden Eagle starter James McMahon, who did not see any action on Sunday, suffered his first loss of the year by allowing all of his runs in a four-run, second-inning on five hits and gave up seven hits over three innings of work with a pair of strikeouts. He fell to 7-1 on the year.

Florida Atlantic reliever Bo Logan, the first pitcher to see action on Sunday, get the win and improve to 3-1 as he limited the Golden Eagles (21-14-1, 9-8) to a hit and a walk with two strikeouts. Seth McGarry gave up two runs on five hits over the final three innings to get his first save.

The Golden Eagles return to action Tuesday when they play host to ULM. Game time is set for 6 p.m., at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.