USM baseball takes FAU series with 14-3 win

USM baseball takes FAU series with 14-3 win
USM (9-9, 2-3), which saw a two-game winning streak snapped. (Photo source: USM)

BOCA RATON, FLA - Walker Powell posted a career day on the mound and Matt Wallner hit the first grand slam of his career Sunday as the University of Southern Mississippi downed Florida Atlantic University 14-3.

The 15th-ranked Golden Eagles (17-5, 4-1 Conference USA) came back from a 6-5 loss Friday night to claim their sixth consecutive C-USA series by winning Saturday and Sunday. USM also has won its last six conference road series.

Powell (2-1) went a career-long 7 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits. He struck out a career-high seven and didn't walk anyone.

"He really stepped up for us in a big series on the road this weekend," USM coach Scott Berry said.

USM, which scored 10 runs or more in a game for the ninth time this season, put up the most runs it ever had in a game with the Owls (17-7, 3-3).

The Golden Eagles spotted Walker a 5-0 lead in the third.

Mason Irby and LeeMarcus Boyd smacked consecutive doubles for the Golden Eagles' first run and then USM loaded the bases on a walk and an infield single. Wallner followed with his fifth homer of the year and second of the series, cracking his first grand slam to right field.

Gabe Montenegro's double in the fourth bumped the lead to 6-0 before Eric Rivera's sacrifice fly made it a 6-1 game in the bottom half of the inning.

In the fifth inning, Luke Reynolds doubled and Wallner drove him in with a single. A few batters later, Cole Donaldson made it 9-1 with a two-run single.

USM scored twice in the eighth on a FAU error and a wild pitch, but the Owls extended the game with two runs in the bottom of the inning off Powell.

USM added three runs in the ninth inning on a RBI-single by Boyd and two-run single by Casey Maack.

Mason Strickland came out of USM's bullpen to throw 1 2/3 scoreless innings to wrap up the game.

FAU starter Vince Coletti (1-2) allowed six runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings. He struck out two and walked three.

The Golden Eagles wrap up a four-game road swing with a 6:30 p.m. game Tuesday at the University of Mississippi at Oxford-University Stadium.

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