HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Three Golden Eagle pitchers combined to throw a five-hit shutout and Connor Barron drove in the game's lone run as Southern Miss defeated Charlotte 1-0 here Friday night in a Conference USA series opener at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
The Golden Eagles (29-16-1 overall, 14-10 C-USA) won for the season-high seventh time as they registered their school-record eighth shutout in the process.
Reigning C-USA Pitcher of the Week Cody Carroll limited the 49ers (17-25, 10-15) to just four hits and three walks with six strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings, running his scoreless streak to 16 2/3 innings. Carroll got the victory to improve to 4-4 on the year.
Luke Lowery came on to get the final out in the seventh and Ryan Milton gave up a leadoff single in the ninth, before getting a double play and a strikeout to end the contest and register his ninth save of the year.
Charlotte starter Sean Geoghegan (5-5) went seven strong innings and kept the Golden Eagles off balance over seven innings, giving up just one unearned run on three hits and two walks to suffer the loss.
“We just really never could get anything squared up (off Geoghegan),” Southern Miss coach Scott Berry said. “So you've got to tip your hat to him. He had a great mix with his pitches. But our guy, Cody Carroll, pitched very well, too.”
The Golden Eagles plated their lone run in the fifth. Austin Roussel led off the inning by reaching on a fielding error by Luke Gibbs. After a sacrifice bunt by Michael Sterling and a groundout by Nick Dawson to push Roussel to third, Barron drove home the game's only run on a single to short centerfield.
Freshman Taylor Braley led the Golden Eagles with two of their five hits. Leftfielder Chase Scott also increased his team-best hitting streak to 15 games with an eighth-inning single, while also making a pair of outstanding defensive plays in the outfield.
Game two of the series is set for 2 p.m., Saturday.