NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Nate Lape hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs overall to help Marshall stay alive in the Conference USA tournament with a 6-3 win over Southern Miss on Saturday night.
With the win, Marshall (29-29-1) forced a rematch with the Golden Eagles (40-19) on Sunday morning to decide who'll play later that day in the tournament championship game.
The performance capped a banner day for Lape, who had a two-run home run and three RBIs in Marshall's 8-7 victory over Tulane on Saturday morning. That game eliminated the Green Wave.
Against Southern Miss, Marshall used a season-high nine pitchers.
Ryan Kiel (3-1) pitched three innings, the most of any Marshall pitcher. He opened the bottom of the fourth and did not allow a run, giving up only one hit and striking out three in getting the win.
Arik Sikula, who got the win against Tulane by recording the final seven outs of that game, returned with one out in the ninth against Southern Miss and struck out the first batter he faced. He gave up a run-scoring infield single to Chris Matesich before getting Keith Winstead to fly out to end the game for his eighth save of the season.
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