Seven of USM's 12 losses this season have come in the month of April. Courtesy: WDAM
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -
For the first time in two years, Southern Miss lost a baseball series inside Pete Taylor Park.
Old Dominion defeated the Golden Eagles 9-2 on Sunday to hand USM its first Conference USA loss of the season.
"We did not match their intensity in any phase of the game honestly,” said Southern Miss head coach Scott Berry. “I felt like, not that we didn't try, I just sensed [Old Dominion] felt like they had an opportunity to knock off the No. 1 team in conference and No. 16 team [in the nation]."
Down 4-0 in the fifth inning, Southern Miss got on the board with LeeMarcus Boyd’s RBI single.
The Eagles had a golden opportunity to engineer some more runs in the sixth with bases loaded and one out before Boyd grounded into a double play to end the inning.
The Monarchs (28-12, 12-6 C-USA) registered 18 hits against USM (30-12, 13-5 C-USA), a season-high given up by the Eagles.
Meanwhile, Southern Miss recorded just six hits. Junior Taylor Braley’s streak of reaching base in every contest he’s played this season came to an end at 41 games.
“We just didn't play a good game,” Braley said. “They obviously wanted it more than we did, had more energy than we did. We have a target on our back. Everybody wants to beat us and we just took it too lightly."
USM’s last series loss at home came against FAU from April 17-18, 2015. Since USM’s 6-5, extra-inning loss to Ole Miss on April 4, 2016, the Eagles are 6-7.
Up next for Southern Miss is a visit to South Alabama on Tuesday at 6:30.