May 16, 2017
BILOXI, Miss. -- J.C. Keys threw five-plus strong innings and the Golden Eagles put the game away with a six-run seventh as No. 15 Southern Miss defeated Southeastern Louisiana 11-3 Tuesday night at MGM Park.
The Golden Eagles (41-12) now has tied for the most victories during its regular season with the 2003 squad as they captured their 11th victory in a row. The win streak is the longest for the program since they registered 13 at the end of the 2015 regular season.
LeeMarcus Boyd, Dylan Burdeaux and Matt Wallner led the Golden Eagles with two hits each in their nine-hit attack.
It was Keys, though, that was the story early on for the Golden Eagles. The sophomore from Hattiesburg, limited the Lions (34-17) to just five hits and a walk as he allowed just one run with two strikeouts to get the victory and improve to 3-3.
With the Golden Eagles leading 5-3, the home squad exploded for six runs in the seventh to put away the game. Southern Miss sent 10 men to the plate and managed just two hits, but took advantage of three walks, two wild pitches and a passed ball.
After Boyd singled and Burdeaux walked to open the frame, Irby hit into a fielder's choice that was thrown wild at first allowing Boyd to score from second.
Wallner then drove in a run with a walk and two more runs were plated on wild pitches before Daniel Keating blasted a two-run homer, his ninth of the year, to complete the team's scoring.
The Golden Eagles opened the scoring the third. Boyd led off the frame with a walk. After a couple of flyouts, of which Boyd advanced a base on the second one, Hunter Slater then singled to right to put Southern Miss on the board.
Southern Miss added four more runs in the fifth. With one out, Boyd singled and scored one batter later as Dylan Burdeaux doubled to right-center to extend hitting streak to eight games. After a strikeout and a walk to Slater, Braley blasted Payton Robinson' first pitch over the left-center wall for his 12th of the year, a three-run shot, to end the inning's scoring.
The Lions rallied with a solo run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Taylor Schwaner and then added two more in the seventh on a wild pitch and a bases loaded walk.
Lion starter Derrick Mount allowed a run on two hits with two walks and four strikeouts to suffer loss for the Lions. SLU used seven pitchers in the contest.
The Golden Eagles return to action this weekend when they travel to San Antonio, Texas, to face UTSA in its final Conference USA series. The two teams play 6 p.m., games on Thursday and Friday and finish the regular season with an 11:30 a.m., contest Saturday.