HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dylan Burdeaux and Daniel Keating led Sunday off with home runs and Hayden Roberts went 7 1/3 solid innings as the University of Southern Mississippi beat Marshall University13-3 in eight innings at Taylor Park.
With the win, the25th-ranked Golden Eagles (19-5, 5-1 Conference USA) won the rubber match of the three-game series after the teams split a Friday doubleheader.
"Thought we came out and made a statement right off the bat," USM coach Scott Berry said. "Hayden goes three up, and three down and we answer with three runs, and really make their guy really pitch a lot in the first inning."
Burdeaux, one of three Golden Eagles who drove in three runs, hit his sixth home run of the season to start the game then ended with a two-run double that capped a four-run eighth inning as USM 10-run-ruled the Thundering Herd (11-10, 3-3).
Mason Irby had three of USM's 15 hits, scored three times and drove in three runs, while Storme Cooper also had three hits and drove in three runs. Matt Wallner and Cole Donaldson had two hits each for the Golden Eagles, who have at least 10 hits in each of their first six conference games.
Roberts (3-1) allowed three runs on five hits, walking three while striking out seven. Stevie Powers wrapped up the final two outs.
"Hayden Roberts really pitched (Sunday)," Berry said. "The reason I say that is because he did not have his best stuff. Honestly, it was probably the worst stuff he had all year, but he pitched with it, and you're talking about a Marshall team that had double-digit hits in both games prior to this one, and he limits them to five (hits)."
After Burdeaux and Keating led off with back-to-back home runs off Marshall starter Patrick Murphy (1-1), the Golden Eagles took a 3-0 lead when Taylor Braley walked and eventually came around to score on a passed ball.
Braley, who walked three times and scored two runs, has 24 walks on the season, an average of one walk per game.
Marshall made the score 3-2 on Shane Hanon's two-run homer to left-center field in the top of the second inning, but USM bumped the lead to 4-2 in the third when Storme Cooper forced in a run with a bases-loaded walk.
The Golden Eagles opened an 8-2 lead, scoring four runs with two outs in the fourth inning on Mason Irby's bases-clearing double and Cole Donaldson's single.
Hanon, who had entered the series without a home run, lined his second of the game over the left-field wall to lead off the fifth inning to get the Herd back to 8-3.
Cooper drove in a run in the sixth inning with a single to make it 9-3, then he and LeeMarcus Boyd each drove in a run in the eighth before Burdeaux ended the game with his two-run fly ball over the head of Hanon in center field.
Southern Miss will host the University of South Alabama at 6 p.m. Tuesday and the University of New Orleans at 6 p.m. Wednesday before embarking on a three-game trip to Western Kentucky University.