Baseball Drops Home Regular-Season Finale to UNO 14-9
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - New Orleans broke out the bats Tuesday night at Pete Taylor Park, collecting 22 hits off seven Southern Miss pitchers to take a 14-9 victory.
The 18th-ranked Golden Eagles (36-15) lost back-to-back games for the first time this season and have dropped three of their last four games, all at home.
The Golden Eagles remain in first place by 2 ½ games in C-USA, leading both Louisiana Tech and Florida Atlantic with three, regular-season conference games left for each school.
Southern Miss, which stands 20-6 in the conference, opens its final C-USA series at 5 p.m. CT Thursday at Marshall (19-28, 7-19 C-USA).
One Southern Miss win or a loss by Louisiana Tech and Florida Atlantic would clinch the Golden Eagles' second consecutive regular-season C-USA crown.
But the Golden Eagles will have to put Tuesday night's game quickly behind them after UNO (25-28) won its fifth consecutive game by collecting the most hits and runs allowed by Southern Miss in a single game this season.
Southern Miss starter Jarod Wright hit a batter and walked a batter with an error by shortstop LeeMarcus Boyd thrown into the mix to load the bases in the first inning. Jay Robinson's double, the lone hit of the inning, gave UNO a 2-0 lead.
The Golden Eagles bounced right back, ripping seven hits in a six-run rally that gave them a four-run lead after an inning. Luke Reynolds, who would finish his evening with three hits and two runs scored, drove in a pair with a double. Daniel Keating had a run-scoring double, Gabe Montenegro an RBI-single and Hunter Slater a sacrifice fly.
But the Privateers kept coming.
UNO's Owen Magee swatted his seventh home run of the year in the second inning, a three-run shot, to pull the Privateers' within 6-5. After Southern Miss went up 7-5 on Slater's second sacrifice fly in as many innings, UNO cut the lead back to a run on Magee's single in the top of the third.
Again, Southern Miss pushed the lead back to two runs on Matthew Guidry's bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the third.
But the Privateers laced reliever Adam Jackson for four, consecutive hits to lead off the fourth inning. By the time the inning ended, UNO had scored four runs on six hits to take a 10-8 lead.
After 3 1/3 innings, the two teams had combined to account for 18 runs on 22 hits.
Southern Miss, which had seven hits in the opening inning and nine hits through three, went into a funk at the plate, managing just one hit over the next four innings. Still, the Golden Eagles threatened, thanks to six walks issued by UNO.
Southern Miss came up empty in the fifth after getting two runners on base and failed to score after loading the bases on three walks to open the sixth.
The teams swapped runs in the seventh to keep it a two-run game, but UNO added a run in the eighth inning and two more in the ninth.
Montenegro, Keating, Bowen and Mason Irby each had two hits in the Golden Eagles' 13-hit attack. Irby extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
Jackson (1-1), who gave up five hits and four runs in 2/3 of an inning, took the loss for Southern Miss. Christopher DeMayo (1-1), the third of seven UNO pitchers, allowed a run on two hits over three innings to pick up the win.