HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Grant Brown had three hits and Stephen Alemais added a pair of runs batted in to lead Tulane to a 5-3 Conference USA baseball victory over Southern Miss here Saturday afternoon at Turchin Stadium at Greer Field.
The Golden Eagles (28-20 overall, 15-8 C-USA) were led by Austin Roussel who collected two hits and drove in a pair of runs including an RBI triple in the fifth and a solo home run to rightfield, his fourth of the year, in the seventh.
The Green Wave (19-25, 7-14) scored four times in the fourth inning to take a lead that they never relinquished. After a strikeout by Southern Miss starting pitcher Christian Talley to start the frame, Brown worked a walk and Jake Rogers put runners on the corners with a single. Richard Carthon then put down a bunt to knock in a run and, after another walk, Alemais doubled to right-centerfield knocking in both of his runs. Lex Kaplan finished the scoring with an RBI single to end Talley's day.
Talley (3-4) went 3 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on five hits with a pair of walks with four strikeouts to suffer the loss. It was his shortest outing since going only four innings against Middle Tennessee on April 4.
The Golden Eagles cut into that gap with two runs in the fifth. With one out, Dylan Burdeaux singled before Roussel tripled to right-center to knock in the first run. Nick Dawson followed with a single of his own to center to drive in Roussel.
The Green Wave lead was trimmed to 4-3 in the seventh on Roussel's homer to right-centerfield in the seventh, but Tulane added an insurance tally of their own in the eighth on a run-scoring double by Brown.
Southern Miss tried to rally in the ninth with a leadoff single by Matt Durst, but Mason Robbins grounded into a double play and Burdeaux lined out to leftfield to end the game.
Wave starting pitcher Randy LeBlanc allowed three runs on six hits with four strikeouts and one walk over seven innings to get the victory and improve to 4-4. Tim Yandel limited the visitors to a hit and posted two strikeouts over the final two frames to earn his first save of the year.
The deciding game of the series will take place at 1 p.m., Sunday.