NEW ORLEANS - Conor Fisk threw 8 1/3 strong innings and Connor Barron added two hits to lead Southern Miss to a 4-2 Conference USA series-opening baseball victory over Tulane here Friday night at Turchin Stadium at Greer Field.
The Golden Eagles (28-19 overall, 15-7 C-USA) moved to just two games behind league-leading Rice, who is off this weekend. The squad also won their 17th contest over the last 24 games.
Fisk (5-2) limited the Green Wave to a pair of runs on six hits and fanned 11, while walking one to get the victory. Sean Buchholz came on with two runners in the ninth and got a strikeout and a groundout to end the game and record his fourth save of the year.
Fisk pitched just one batter over the minimum through the first seven innings and struck out the side in the second. It was his fourth double-digit strikeout game of the year and the fifth of his career.
Southern Miss managed just seven hits but registered them all in just two innings both of which they scored all of its runs.
The Golden Eagles strung together four hits in the third to score three times and take the early advantage. With one out, Nick Dawson singled, followed by consecutive one-base hits from Barron and Michael Sterling. Sterling drove in the game's first run with his single to centerfield.
Tim Lynch then added a run-scoring groundout and Matt Durst doubled in Sterling with a double down the line to finish the Eagles' inning and give Southern Miss a 3-0 lead
Southern Miss then added its other three hits in the eighth and Barron, who along with Durst had two safeties for the Golden Eagles, hit a towering home run to right-centerfield to give the Golden Eagles a 4-0 lead.
The Green Wave (18-25, 6-14) scratched home a run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth by Grant Brown.
Tulane then rallied in the ninth by getting a runner on following strikeout on a pitcher that got away from catcher Austin Roussel. The Green Wave then recorded back-to-back singles - the second one driving in a run by Andrew Garner - before Buchholz entered the game to end the ninth-inning rally.
The two teams continue the series with a 2 p.m., contest on Saturday.