HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - USM Press Release
With two weekends left in the regular season, the Southern Miss baseball team faces one of its more formidable weekend challenges of the year when they entertain Louisiana Tech in a three-game Conference USA series at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
The Golden Eagles, ranked as high as No. 16 in the national polls by Collegiate Baseball, and Bulldogs play a 6 p.m., contest to open things on Friday, before battling in a 2 p.m., affair on Saturday and then a 1 p.m., contest on Sunday.
Both teams bring in winning streaks as the Golden Eagles (34-14 overall, 18-6 C-USA) have won their last four games, while the Bulldogs (33-14, 15-9) have captured their last five contests. Louisiana Tech captured a pair of midweek triumphs over in-state rival Northwestern State, beating the Demons in Natchitoches, 6-0 on Tuesday, and 5-4 in Ruston on Wednesday.
It will be senior weekend for the Golden Eagles as 14 will be recognized prior to Saturday's game. Also being honored are first baseman Tim Lynch, shortstop Nick Dawson, outfielders Chase Scott and Jake Sandlin, infielder/outfielder Michael Gilbert and pitchers Cord Cockrell, Nick Johnson, Jake Winston, Luke Lowery, Cody Livingston, Clay Tageant, Connor O'Brien and Bryan Coughlin and student manager John Bullock.
The Golden Eagles, along with Rice, sit atop the C-USA standings, while Florida Atlantic finds themselves one game behind in the league race, with Marshall two games back and Louisiana Tech three games out of the lead. Rice and Florida Atlantic play in Houston this weekend.
Southern Miss will continue to try and use its potent offense to lead the way this weekend as the team ranks first in the league with a .306 batting average.
Jake Sandlin leads the way with a .377 batting average for the Golden Eagles, while Lynch ranks second at .351 and needs just one RBI to become the first Southern Miss player to drive in at least 50 runs in a season since B.A. Vollmuth notched 70 in 2010.
Dawson holds a .335 batting mark, while junior rightfielder Dylan Burdeaux adds a .332 average with a team-best 45 runs scored. Junior catcher Chuckie Robinson, the reigning C-USA Hitter of the Week, who has hit. 684 and tallied two homers with 15 RBI over the last five games, is batting at .305.
The Golden Eagles close out the home portion of the regular season when they welcome ULM to The Pete, Tuesday, May 17, in a 5 p.m., contest.