The Bulldogs beat the Golden Eagles 8-1 and 8-6 to take the Hattiesburg Regional.
The championship game is set for 1 p.m., Sunday, and can be seen on the CBS SN.
The two teams are now set to play a 1 p.m., doubleheader Friday.
The series continues with a 2 p.m., contest Saturday.
2017 (Jr.) Appeared in 56 games, including 39 starts (20 in outfield, 19 as designated hitter)…One of four Golden Eagles with double-digit home runs (11)…Hit .260, with 31 runs scored and 29 RBIs…Second on team with 11 steals; seventh with .526 slugging percentage...Career-day at Western Kentucky (4/2), with two home runs, four RBIs…Career-high 3 hits twice; vs. Xavier (3/11, 2nd game); vs. Columbia (3/15)…Career-high three runs vs. Columbia (3/15)…Two stolen bases, twice; vs. Northeastern (2/17); vs. Florida International (4/7).
2016 (So.): Named Conference USA Tournament Most Valuable Player, after hitting .428 (6 of 14) with four doubles, a home run, four runs scored and six RBI in the Golden Eagles’ run to the tournament title...Appeared in 48 games, including 36 starts (33 at designated hitter and three in left field)…Hit .303 with 29 RBI and 28 runs scored…Hit five home runs, nine doubles and a triple…Tallied a walk-off single in 2-1 win against Rice (4/24)…Ended game with UTSA (4/26) after eight innings with two-run home run…Tallied a nine-game hitting streak from April 20 to May 19…Hit safely in seven of his final eight games, with multiple hits in six of them…Drove in season-high five runs against Old Dominion (5/25) in the opening game of the C-USA Tournament, which included a three-run homer…Named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester and the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll during the spring semester.
2015 (Fr.): One of three Golden Eagles to make debut in 2015 as true freshmen…Appeared in 36 games, including 19 starts (15 in left field, three in center, one in right)…Hit .278 with 19 runs scored and 10 RBIs…Seven RBIs came in two contests…Was 2-for-2 with a triple, two RBIs and run scored at Troy (2/28)…Was 3x4 with two triples, double, four RBIs and run scored vs. FIU (3/15)…Also was 3X3 with three runs scored in first game of doubleheader at Louisiana Tech (3/20)…Finished season with three doubles, three triples and stole 8 bases in 11 attempts… Named to 2014 fall Athletic Director’s Honor Roll.
Prep: Played for Coach Jamie McMahon…Posted a .329 career batting average with 16 doubles, four triples, 11 home runs and 57 RBI over three seasons at Gulfport High School…Batted .370 with 10 doubles, three triples, four home runs and 22 RBI en route to an all-state season as senior…Also earned all-region, all-area and all-district honors…Named all-region, all-area and all-district following his junior campaign, hitting .333 with six doubles, a triple, six home runs and 30 RBI to go along with 15 stolen bases…Also a member of the football team.
Personal: Son of Hugh and Donna Keating…One brother, one sister…Majoring in Business Administration.