Big innings give Southern Miss a 12-2 victory over Oakland in series finale

Big innings give Southern Miss a 12-2 victory over Oakland in series finale

This is a news release from Southern Miss athletics

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Chase Scott had three hits and drove in three runs to help lead Southern Miss to a 12-2 baseball victory over Oakland here Sunday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.

The Golden Eagles (8-6-1) snapped a two-game losing streak as they collected 10 hits in the contest, winning the final game in the series.

"I hate that we didn't win the series, but going into today, the best we could do was win today," said Southern Miss baseball coach Scott Berry. "That's what we did, and I'm very proud of that. I felt like Oakland was a good club."

Matt Durst collected two hits and drove in a couple of runs for Southern Miss to extend his current team-best hitting streak to eight games. Tim Lynch added a pair of hits as well, including a double.

Southern Miss broke open the game with five runs in the first as Durst starting the scoring with a two-run double. Scott then added a two-run single, before Michael Sterling finished the scoring with an RBI single to center.

After Oakland cut the gap with a run in the second on a Tyler Pagano run-scoring single, the Golden Eagles added four more tallies in the third.

The lead extended to 6-1 on a wild pitch to start the scoring, before Scott notched an RBI double, Connor Barron laced a sacrifice fly to left and Dylan Burdeaux notched an RBI single to left-centerfield.

The Golden Eagles, which took advantage of four Oakland errors in the contest, scored twice when the Golden Grizzlies had two outfielders collide on a ball in left-centerfield and then completed their scoring on a wild pitch.

Oakland (2-9) added its last run in the top of the seventh on a RBI double by Ben Hart.

Southern Miss starter James McMahon improved to 3-0 on the year by limiting Oakland to just two runs on six hits with a walk and four strikeouts. Clay Tageant, in his first Golden Eagle appearance, and Ryan Milton each also threw an inning of scoreless relief.

Jake Morton, the first of six Oakland pitchers, allowed eight runs (three earned) on six hits with two walks and a strikeout over two-plus innings to suffer the loss and fall to 0-2.

The Golden Eagles continue their homestand on Tuesday when they entertain South Dakota State in a 6 p.m., contest.