Two-out runs pave way for 14-4 win over Old Dominion

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - (USM Athletics) - Southern Miss scored 11 of its runs with two outs, and the Golden Eagles picked up a 14-4 victory over visiting Old Dominion on Saturday afternoon, their 10th win out of the last 11 games.

Gabe Montenegro, Hunter Slater, Bryant Bowen and Danny Lynch each recorded three hits, with the freshman Lynch setting a new career-high. Montenegro also reached base for the 11th time out of his last 12 games.

Bowen and Matt Guidry each collected doubles, while Brent Blaylock, Cole Donaldson and Will McGillis drew hit-by-pitches.

The Golden Eagles scored all their runs in the first six innings, including four-spots in the fourth and sixth. The 15 hits were also a season-high after tallying 14 apiece against Louisiana Tech (twice) and Purdue.

"We were able to keep the momentum in our dugout by scoring runs and getting two-out hits," head coach Scott Berry said. "We used a lot of pitchers and scattered a lot of hits, but we only allowed those four runs. I was happy with our approach to the plate and that our pitchers pitched to contact, and for the most part, we played real good defense. The story is definitely about our two-out RBIs."

Mason Strickland made his third start and went 3 1/3 innings, allowing one earned run on five hits. He also struck out three. Adam Jackson came on in relief and earned his first win after tossing 1 2/3 innings.

Cody Carroll then came in and scattered six hits over three scoreless frames. Brooks Warren, a junior transfer out of East Central CC, made his second appearance and allowed a run in the ninth.

"We knew that with being down a starter with Stevie Powers, who has the ability to go deep into the game, we would have to piece this thing together a little bit," Berry said. "For our guys to do that and limit a real good hitting club, hitting at .296 coming in, to just four runs, that's pretty impressive. Cody has done a good job at helping us in relief all year."

The Monarchs (15-7, 1-4 C-USA) started Ryne Moore, who entered the day 4-0 with a 2.10 ERA. The Black and Gold were able to tag him with his first loss after six hits and five earned runs in three innings.