HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Three home runs and another solid pitching performance by Walker Powell lifted Southern Miss to a 6-3 win at Rice on Friday.
The Golden Eagles (32-15 overall, 19-6 C-USA) stay one game ahead of FAU atop the Conference USA standings with five conference games left.
Powell struck out five, gave up just two runs and seven hits in seven innings.
Matt Wallner, Gabe Montenegro and Danny Lynch all left the yard – marking freshman Lynch’s first career homer. Wallner recorded his 50th career home run, tying Jeff Cook for second on USM’s all-time list. Marc Maddox holds the record with 53.
Game two between the Owls and Eagles is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m.