HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - USM Press Release
The Southern Miss baseball team opens a seven-game homestand this weekend when they play host to Conference USA foe WKU at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in a three-game series.
Game times include a 6 p.m., start on Friday, followed by a 2 p.m., contest, Saturday, with the series finale set for Sunday, at 1 p.m. Click here to read about the series promotions as it will be Pack the Pete in Pink Weekend against the Hilltoppers.
The nationally-ranked Golden Eagles (31-14 overall, 15-6 C-USA) rank No. 18 by Collegiate Baseball and No. 21 by Baseball America in their weekly polls. The team sits atop the league standings along with Rice, while Florida Atlantic trails by a single game with three weekends to play in the regular season. The C-USA Tournament takes place May 25-29 in Hattiesburg.
The Golden Eagles opened the month of May on a solid note by winning their sixth one-run game of eight this season to end the Florida Atlantic series, 4-3, in Boca Raton. With 10 regular-season games remaining, the Golden Eagles play host to the Hilltoppers this weekend before taking on Louisiana Tech at home next weekend and then finish the home slate with a Tuesday, May 17, non-conference tilt against ULM.
Offensively, Southern Miss continues to swing the bat well as they lead C-USA in hitting with a .301 batting mark
Five Golden Eagle starters continue to hit above the .300 mark including a team-best .382 by graduate transfer and centerfielder Jake Sandlin. Senior first baseman Tim Lynch ranks second on the club at .345 with a team-high 47 runs batted in, while senior shortstop Nick Dawson holds a .336 mark and junior rightfielder Dylan Burdeaux collects a .333 average, while leading the team in runs scored with 42.
Redshirt freshman designated hitter/outfielder Hunter Slater rounds out the Golden Eagles, who currently hit above .300, by posting a .315 average.
As a team, the Golden Eagles also rank first in the league in home runs with 52, which also ranks tied for ninth nationally with Western Carolina and Tennessee Tech.
After dropping a 6-1 decision during the midweek to nationally ranked Vanderbilt, WKU comes to Hattiesburg with a 24-21 overall record and are tied for sixth in the league with Old Dominion and UAB at 10-11.
The two schools met for the first time last spring in Bowling Green with the Golden Eagles capturing two of three games.