Press release from Southern Miss Athletics
NEW ORLEANS – Tulane scored four times in the first inning and limited Southern Miss to two hits in cruising to a 12-0 victory over the 19th-ranked Golden Eagles at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium Tuesday night.
Southern Miss (27-11) dropped its third game over the last four contests, but look to rebound this weekend as they play host to fellow Conference USA leader, Rice, in a three-game set at Pete Taylor Park.
J.P. France limited the Golden Eagles to one hit over six innings with four walks and seven strikeouts to get the victory and improve to 3-1 on the season. Four Green Wave hurlers combined to limit Southern Miss to a season-low tying two hits, a pair of singles by Tim Lynch in the first and eighth innings, while also fanning 11 Golden Eagles, which tied a Southern Miss season high.
Stephen Alemais led off the first inning with a double and, after a sacrifice bunt, Southern Miss starter Stevie Powers walked the next two batters before hitting Lex Kaplan with a pitch to drive in the game's first run. Hunter Williams, who led the Green Wave with four RBI, doubled the bases clean to give the home squad a 4-0 advantage after one frame.
Tulane extended the lead in the second to 6-0 on a two-run homer by Hunter Hope, his 10th of the year, and Powers night ended not much later, as he suffered the loss to fall to 0-1 on the year. Powers allowed six runs on three hits with four walks and a strikeout over 1 2/3 innings.
The Green Wave then added a solo run in the fourth and then tallied three more in the sixth and two more in the seventh to put the game out of reach.
Seven Southern Miss pitchers combined to allow a season-high tying 12 walks as eight of the Green Wave runs that scored either reach via a walk or hit by pitch.