Golden Eagles complete sweep with 9-0 shutout of Charlotte Sunday

Golden Eagles complete sweep with 9-0 shutout of Charlotte Sunday

This is a news release from Southern Miss athletics

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Chuckie Robinson homered twice and four Southern Miss pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout Charlotte 9-0 here Sunday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field, completing the three-game Conference USA sweep.

The Golden Eagles (31-16-1 overall, 16-10 C-USA) won their season-best ninth consecutive game, marking the longest winning streak since putting together a 10-gamer in 2013 from April 6-20. The streak also ties for the seventh-longest in school history, as Southern Miss closed out the home portion of its regular-season schedule.

"We're playing good baseball right now," said Southern Miss coach Scott Berry. "We're playing hard and attacking the game. Obviously, we're getting great outings from our starting pitching and our bullpen's performing pretty well. Offensively, I've got to credit those guys. They're doing the things we need to do to score runs."

Southern Miss collected 14 hits in the contest, including a game-high three from Nick Dawson, and two each from Tim Lynch, Matt Durst and Robinson. Chase Scott also increased his team-best hitting streak to 17 games with an infield single in the fifth inning.

Durst and Robinson got the offensive going in the second as the duo hit back-to-back round-trippers to leftfield to open the scoring. For Durst, it was his fifth of the year.

The team then turned the game over to its pitching as James McMahon limited Charlotte (17-27, 10-17) to one hit and two walks over six innings – the only one coming on a two-out single to centerfield from Brett Netzer in the sixth – to earn the victory and improve to 10-1 on the year.

McMahon is the first Golden Eagle pitcher since 2011 to register double-digit victories and only the 10 different pitcher at the school to record 10 or more wins in a campaign. Former Golden Eagle hurler Damon Pollard is the only pitcher to win that many twice for Southern Miss.

McMahon then turned the game over to the bullpen and Connor O'Brien, Christian Talley and Clay Tageant each threw scoreless frames for the home squad.

The Golden Eagles also increased their advantage by scoring in five different innings in the contest.

Dylan Burdeaux knocked in a run on a groundout in the third and the Golden Eagles added two more runs in the fourth – one on a fielding error by 49er shortstop Luke Gibbs and one on a single by Nick Dawson.

Robinson drove in his second run of the game in the fifth on a sacrifice fly, before Michael Sterling plated a run with a single.

The sophomore catcher from Danville, Ill., then clubbed his second homer of the game to center to start the seventh, marking the first time a Southern Miss player has hit two dingers in a contest since B.A. Vollmuth clubbed a pair against Missouri State on March 11, 2011.

Burdeaux then completed the scoring four batters later with a run-scoring double to left.

Southern Miss blanked Charlotte for the second time in the series, giving them a single-season school record of nine shutouts.

Charlotte starter Josh Maciejewski (2-6) suffered the loss by allowed five runs (three earned) on five hits with two walks and one strikeout over 3 2/3 innings.

The Golden Eagles return to action Tuesday when they travel to New Orleans, Tuesday, May 12, to take on Tulane in a makeup contest from an earlier season rainout. Game time is set for 5 p.m.