HATTIESBURG, Miss. - UTSA rallied for four runs in the top of the eighth to lead the visiting Roadrunners to a 4-1 Conference USA victory over Southern Miss here Saturday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
The deciding game of the series will take place, Sunday, at 1 p.m.
The Golden Eagles, which had a three-game winning streak snapped, took the early lead with a sacrifice fly in the fourth by Dylan Burdeaux. Southern Miss, though, had trouble getting hits with runners on base going 2-for-17 for the contest and leaving at least one runner on from the second through the eighth frame.
"The things we've been doing in this little run we've had, and hopefully that we'll continue to have it, is that we've been having clutch two-out RBI hits and those kind of eluded us today," said Southern Miss coach Scott Berry. "We left eight runners on and had some opportunities to extend the lead, but sometimes you've got to tip your hat to the other team for being able to get out of it."
Southern Miss senior right-hander Conor Fisk kept the Roadrunners off balance for seven innings limiting the visitors to three hits and two walks with three strikeouts over seven-plus innings.
Fisk, though, did start the eighth with a leadoff walk and Southern Miss went to the bullpen. After Jake Winston got a strikeout to his first hitter, UTSA got a single from John Welborn and then Horacio Correa hit a ball to Michael Sterling at short that could have been a potential inning-ending double play. Instead, the ball was mishandled allowing the tying run to score.
The Roadrunners then collected RBI singles from Matt Perucki and Tony Ramirez with a bases-loaded walk to Mike Warren sandwiched in between the two to finish the scoring.
Junior Matt Durst extended his team-best hitting streak to 10 games with a pair of hits.
Wesley Cox, the second of three Roadrunner pitchers, threw two innings of shutout relief to capture the victory for UTSA and improve to 4-1 on the season. Logan Onda tossed the final two frames to earn his third save.
Winston (1-1) allowed three runs (two earned) on a strikeout and two hits to suffer the loss.