Baseball Completes Sweep of Georgia Southern with 8-2 Win in Game 2 of Twinbill
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - After two, one-run walk-off victories to clinch the weekend baseball series with Georgia Southern, Southern Miss left little doubt on its way to a sweep.
First baseman Hunter Slater's two-run home run and RBI-doubles by center fielder Matt Wallner and third baseman Luke Reynolds keyed a four-run, fifth inning that fortified a 8-2 victory Saturday night at Pete Taylor Park.
The teams had been scheduled for single games Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but inclement weather forecasts shuffled the schedule.
USM (11-4) won Friday night's opener 4-3 on Slater's bases-loaded single that one-hopped the left-field wall in the bottom.
Saturday's game, originally scheduled for 2 p.m., was bumped up to noon to dodge what was supposed to be rough weather later in the day. Instead, the expected bad weather had been pushed back into Sunday, so the teams decided to play games at noon and 6 p.m. Saturday.
USM won the afternoon opener 3-2 on Wallner's two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, and then the Golden Eagles got the bats going to knock around three GSU pitchers for 11 hits in the nightcap.
GSU (7-9) grabbed a 1-0 lead off USM starter Cody Carroll in the second inning on Noah Searcy's RBI single, but the Golden Eagles answered with three runs in the third on a wild pitch, Matt Guidry's run-scoring triple and an error.
The Golden Eagles strung together six hits with two outs in the fifth inning to push the lead to 8-1. Guidry singled and scored on Reynolds' double to right field. After moving up on a wild pitch, Reynolds scored when Wallner drilled a double over the first baseman's head into right field to make the score 6-1.
On the next pitch, Slater went opposite field over the left-field fence for his first home run of the year.
Shortstop Mitchell Golden led off the sixth inning against USM reliever Adam Jackson with his first homer of the season to round out the scoring.
Carroll allowed a run on three hits in four innings, walking two and striking out four. Reliever Calder Mikell (1-0) gave up a hit in a scoreless fifth inning to get the win.
GSU starter David Johnson (1-1) took the loss, allowing eight runs (seven earned) on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out four.
Southenr Miss will travel to New Orleans at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to take on Tulane University at Turchin Stadium.