NORFOLK, Va. - Junior right-hander Nick Sandlin pitched a complete-game, three-hitter as the University of Southern Mississippi scored late to take a 2-0 Conference USA victory Friday over Old Dominion University at Bud Metheny Baseball Complex.
No. 15 USM (30-11, 14-4 C-USA) extended its season-long winning streak to seven games to reach the 30-win plateau for a 17th consecutive season.
Sandlin (6-0) struck 10 and walked two Friday, giving him 97 strikeouts against eight walks this season.
For a second consecutive game, the Golden Eagles struggled to score runs, but for a second consecutive game, Mathew Guidry came up big.
After loading the bases in the fourth and fifth innings and failing to score, Mason Irby opened the seventh inning with a single.
Irby moved to second on a bunt and third on a groundout before Guidry ripped a double to give USM a 1-0 lead.
The Golden Eagles added an insurance run in the ninth inning on Cole Donaldson's leadoff double and Irby's run-scoring single.
Guidry finished with three hits and Irby had two hits.
The teams meet in the second of the three-game series at 2 p.m. Saturday.