HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Hunter Slater registered three hits and drove in two runs, while Erick Hoard knocked in a pair of his own to lead Southern Miss to a 5-1 Conference USA victory over Louisiana Tech Saturday afternoon at J.C. Love Field to capture the series win.
The Golden Eagles, winners of six of their last seven games, improved to 10-6 overall as they finish the series with the Bulldogs (11-7, 0-2) Sunday at 1 p.m.
Freshman Danny Lynch got the visitors on the board first with an RBI single in the second. Brant Blaylock, who also tallied two hits, singled with one out and stole second prior to being plated on Lynch’s hit.
Southern Miss extended its lead to 4-0 with three more runs off of LA Tech starter Logan Robbins (1-1) in the third. The first five batters of the frame reached base to start the inning – four singles and a walk – with Slater increasing the lead with a run-scoring single, before Hoard added his two-run single.
Robbins, who was tagged with the loss, gave up four runs on seven hits over two-plus innings with a walk and two strikeouts.
Golden Eagle starter Stevie Powers, who worked out of a jam with runners at second and third with no outs in the second without allowing a run, breezed through until the fifth. After a strikeout of Mason Robinson to open the fifth, Powers walked back-to-back hitters and was removed from the game.
Powers allowed a run on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings.
Reliever Alex Nelms entered and promptly gave up a hit by pitch and a walk to Mason Mallard, which drove in the Bulldogs lone run.
Nelms then added a strikeout before junior left-hander Sean Tweedy (1-0) entered from the Golden Eagle pen and got out of the frame with a fly out to left.
Tweedy went on to throw a career-long 2 2/3 scoreless innings and recorded the victory as he gave up three hits and fanned a pair of hitters.
The Golden Eagles extended their lead on a Slater RBI double in the sixth to keep the advantage at four runs.
Hunter Stanley pitched the final 1 2/3 and fanned two to help seal the victory.
Southern Miss registered a season-high tying 14 hits in the contest as they also got doubles from Matt Wallner and Cole Donaldson.