UNO Holds Off Southern Miss in 7-6 Victory Wednesday Night

UNO Holds Off Southern Miss in 7-6 Victory Wednesday Night

This is a news release from Southern Miss athletics

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Sam Carriere had two hits including a two-run, go-ahead single in the in the top of the sixth to lead the University of New Orleans over Southern Miss 7-6 Wednesday evening at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.

The Golden Eagles (3-1) got 11 hits in the contest, getting two each from Matt Durst, Ryan Ellis, Tim Lynch and Chuckie Robinson but it wasn't enough as a pair of Golden Eagle rallies fell short.

"We continued to compete," said Southern Miss coach Scott Berry on the comebacks for the Golden Eagles. "I thought we played hard and we didn't give in."

UNO (1-3) knocked Southern Miss starter Kirk McCarty for four runs in the third inning to take the early, but the Golden Eagles rallied for four runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth.

Ellis knocked in the team's first run with a single, before Lynch belted a two-run homer, his first of the year, to rightfield to cut the gap to 4-3. Robinson, who doubled earlier in the contest, then tied the game with a RBI single two batters later.

Carriere then put the Privateers up again with his two-run in the sixth and the visitors added a run on a wild pitch in the seventh to take a 7-4 advantage.

The Golden Eagles cut into the gap in the eighth as pinch runner Breck Kline made the score 7-5 by scoring on a wild pitch. Michael Sterling then added an infield single to score another pinch runner, Chase Reeves, to cut the deficit to one, but Connor Barron fanned to end the frame.

Luke Lowery, the second of four Golden Eagle pitchers, gave up two unearned runs over an inning of work with three strikeouts to suffer the loss and fall to 1-1. Lowery has appeared in all four games in relief this season. McCarty allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits with a walk and three strikeouts in his Golden Eagle debut.

Jordan Priddle scattered three hits over two scoreless innings to get the win and improve to 1-0, while Jarred Taylor notched his first save by allowing two runs on three hits with a walk and four strikeouts over the final three frames.

The Golden Eagles now start an eight-game road swing beginning this weekend with three contests at the COX Diamond Invitational at Bayfront Stadium in Pensacola, Fla. The Golden Eagles play North Florida at 7 p.m., Friday, and conclude the weekend with a pair of game Saturday. Southern Miss takes on Saint Louis at 11 a.m., and Nicholls State at 7 p.m. The UNF game on Friday will be televised by Cox Sports Television.