Southern Miss shuts out Nicholls State, 5-0

Southern Miss shuts out Nicholls State, 5-0
The Golden Eagles improve to 16-6 overall.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The University of Southern Mississippi started off a four-game road trip on the right foot Tuesday.

The Golden Eagles posted a 5-0 shutout win Tuesday over Nicholls State University at the “Shrine on Airline” Park in Metairie, La.

USM (16-6) won its eighth consecutive game and for the 12th in its last 13 games.

First baseman Hunter Slater and catcher Bryant Bowen each drove in a pair of runs to lead the Golden Eagles’ offense.

Five USM pitchers blanked the Colonels (13-13), limiting them to just three hits and striking out 13.

Starter Jarod Wright turned in his best outing of the season, allowing two hits and two walks over four, shutout innings,. He struck out four.

Relievers Sean Tweedy (3-0), Aaron Ginn and Cody Carroll combined for three, shutout innings before J.C. Keys wrapped up the game with two scoreless innings.

The Golden Eagles did see a an eight-game streak with 10 hits or more snapped, as the Colonels limited USM to seven hits.

Bowen had a pair of hits, as did Gabe Montenegro, who has had a hit in 13 of his last 14 games.

USM went up 2-0 on Slater’s two-out double in the third inning off Nicholls State starter Parker White (2-3) that scored Montenegro and Matt Guidry.

USM extended its lead with a solo run in the fourth inning on Danny Lynch’s sacrifice fly that drove in Bowen.

Bowen capped the scoring a two-run single in the eighth inning.

The Golden Eagles, who have swept their first two Conference USA baseball series, will try to keep the momentum going this weekend when they travel to the Lone Star State to face the University of Texas-San Antonio.

The opener of the three-game set is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday night.

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