HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Southern Miss took down its first opponent in the C-USA tournament in front of a home crowd in the Hub City.
The Golden Eagles knocked off Old Dominion, 17-5, in 7 innings and earned its first opening round win in a conference tournament since 2013.
The Eagles will face the winner of Florida-International University v. Marshall game at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
Fans and players got quite the treat for the opening of the game as NFL legend Brett Favre threw the first pitch.
The Eagles jumped out to an early lead in the first inning with a 3-run homer by Daniel Keating, putting the Eagles on the board 4-0. That homerun was Keating's fifth of the year.
Southern Miss managed to bat through the lineup in the first, but that was quickly rivaled by Old Dominion offense in the second inning. Old Dominion jumped back in the lead with a 3-run homerun to go up 5-4.
The Eagles were back in action in the bottom of the second, and a Chase Scott 2-run single puts up a pair of runs on the board, giving the 6-4 lead.
Over in the fourth inning, Old Dominion loaded the bases with Golden Eagles, a pair of walked in runs puts USM up 8-5.
In the fifth inning with bases loaded, Tim Lynch rockets a grand slam, which was his 10th homer of the season. Eagles go up 12-5.
After that celebration, the inning continued and a scary moment came for the Eagles when Chase Scott was hit in the helmet by a pitch. Scott left the field, sending in Storme Cooper as a pinch-runner.
A 2-run single by Chuckie Robinson gave the Eagles a 15-5 lead over Old Dominion.
Dylan Burdeaux added to the hit total and drove in another run. Eagles were up 16-5.
During the 5th inning, the Eagles scored more runs than any other inning this season.
After 5 innings, Southern Miss pitcher Winston headed to the dugout, and Luke Lowrey comes in for his 80th career appearance. Winston gave up 1 hit and 0 runs in his outing.
In the bottom of the 6th, a solo homerun for Jake Sandlin put the Eagles up 17-5. This was his 5th homer of the season.
The Eagles go on to win the game when the run rule goes into play in the 7th inning.