Big sixth inning propels USM over .500

Big sixth inning propels USM over .500

First baseman Tim Lynch puts out a player from The University of Texas at San Antonio Saturday March 22 at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg. Hunt Mercier / Printz

First baseman Tim Lynch puts out a player from The University of Texas at San Antonio Saturday March 22 at Pete Taylor Park in Hattiesburg.
Hunt Mercier / Printz

Southern Miss finally got over the .500 mark Tuesday with their 5-3 win over no. 9 Ole Miss, marking their third straight against the Rebels.

Ole Miss would get on the board first in the third inning due in large part to a Tim Lynch fielding error that allowed a run to score with the bases loaded and extended the inning. The Rebels would tack on another run on a Will Allen groundout to take an early 2-0 lead.

Dalton Dulin would single home another run in the fourth inning for Ole Miss, scoring J.B. Woodman who got hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. The Golden Eagle offense would answer in the bottom of the frame with three consecutive singles; the third one off the bat of Matt Durst scored Michael Sterling to cut the lead back to two.

Ole Miss’ bats fell silent after the fourth inning as they did not register a hit for the rest of the game. USM starter Cody Carroll turned in a solid performance, pitching 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks. Carroll also struck out six batters in his outing.

The Southern Miss bullpen, which has struggled at times this season, pitched the remaining 3 1/3 innings without allowing a walk or a hit. Ole Miss’ Allen reached base in the eighth inning on a throwing error by Michael Sterling. Five of the ten outs recorded by the bullpen came by way of strikeouts.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Sterling started the inning with a bunt single before advancing to second on a Matt Durst single to left field. Sunday’s hero, Dylan Burdeaux, singled up the middle to score Sterling to cut the Rebels’ lead to just one.

After a pitching change, Bradley Roney doubled to left center field, scoring Durst to tie the game, 3-3. With runners on second and third, catcher Austin Roussel singled to right field to score Burdeaux and Roney to give the Golden Eagles their first lead of the game.

That score would hold for the remainder of the game as reliever A.J. Glasshof threw 2 1/3 innings of no-hit baseball to pick up the win, his second of the season. Roney pitched a flawless ninth inning, striking out two, to pick up his seventh save of the season.

Roussel’s two RBIs and Sterling’s three hits led Southern Miss to their 13th win of the season. Durst extended his hit streak to 11 games.

Carroll has proven to be a reliable starter lately. In his three starts, he has pitched 14 2/3 innings with a 1.23 ERA and 14 strikeouts. Roney is now a perfect 7-7 in save opportunities and lowered his ERA to 0.79. The Golden Eagles (13-12, 4-2) will travel to Boca Raton, Fla. this weekend for a three-game conference series with Florida Atlantic (14-10, 3-6).

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