(1) Rice 5, (2) Southern Miss 4, F/11
Owls claimed a 5-4 walk-off win over No. 2 seed Southern Miss in the 2013 Conference USA Baseball Championship title game on Sunday afternoon at Reckling Park.
The Golden Eagles play in the championship game Sunday at 1 p.m., against Rice.
Jake Drehoff limits the Cougars to two hits over five innings.
The series finale is set for 1 p.m., Sunday.
Four Golden Eagle pitchers limit the Bears to four hits.
The Golden Eagles got first career homer from Austin Roussel.
Southern Miss now stands at 6-6 on the season.
Played in 51 games and started 50 (49 in centerfield and one at DH) ... Batted .290 with 10 doubles, four triples and 20 RBI ... Belted 15 multi-hit contests (9 two-hit, 4 three-hit, 1 four-hit and 1 five-hit game) and added three two-RBI contest and one three-RBI tilt ... Posted five-hit game against Alcorn State (4/6) in which he doubled and drove in a pair of runs ... Finished C-USA regular-play strong with a three-hit game against East Carolina (5/13) and a four-hit performance versus UAB (5/18) ... Hit safely in nine straight games (2/28-3/11), batting .368 with four doubles, two triples and five RBI over that span ... Did not commit an error in the last 12 games of the season, spanning 35 fielding changes ... Started one game on the mound, getting tagged with the loss, despite allowing just two earned runs over five innings against Ole Miss (5/1) at Trustmark Park in Pearl ... It was his only pitching appearance of the season
Saw action on both the mound and in the outfield for the Golden Eagles ... Appeared in 14 games as a pitcher with two starts and has posted a 1-2 record with a 5.35 ERA ... Made two starts, but saw the most effective action as a long reliever ... Had five-inning performance at Memphis (4/10) in which he got the victory ... Posted a four-inning stint against LSU (4/20) ... Added a .135 batting average with just 37 at bats and made nine starts in centerfield
Member of C-USA All-Freshman team ... Enjoyed stellar first season that included a .355 batting average with a homer and 33 RBI ... Played in 42 games, including 33 starts (31 in CF, 1 in LF, 1 at DH) ... Had an 11-game hitting streak in which he batted .452 (29x42) with 20 RBI ... Was the C-USA Hitter of the Week for May 3 ... Had 12 multi-hit games and 10 multi-RBI contests ... Registered four-hit games against UCF (4/11) and Marshall (4/16) ... Appeared in seven games as a pitcher and posted an 0-2 record with a 13.09 earned run average
Played at Dutchtown High School for coach Chris Schexnaydre ... Louisiana Class 5A Pitcher of the Year ... Led his team to the 2009 5A State Championship ... First Team all-state, all district, all-parish and all-metro in 2009 as a pitcher ... A first-team, all-district and all-parish in 2009 as an outfielder ... Was 10-1 with a 0.90 ERA and seven compete games as a senior ... Recorded 105 strikeouts with only 13 walks ... Allowed only five earned runs in 75 innings ... Hit .380 with seven home runs and 29 RBI ... Participated in the Louisiana East vs. West All-Star Game
Son of Greg and Shantay Day ... Majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Sport Management ... Born on August 12, 1991.
At Bats: 6, twice (last vs. Houston (5/24/12)
Hits: 5 vs. Alcorn State (4/6/12)
RBI: 3, four times (last at Tulane, 5/6/12)
Home Runs: 1 at Louisiana Tech, 3/20/10
Stolen Bases: 1 vs. Memphis, 4/12/12
Innings Pitched: 6.2 at Louisiana-Monroe, 3/22/11
Strikeouts: 6 at Louisiana-Monroe, 3/22/11
Walks: 4 at Louisiana-Monroe, 3/22/11
Hits: 9 vs. Alabama, 4/26/11
Runs: 5 twice (last vs. Alabama, 4/26/11)
Earned Runs: 5 vs. Northwestern State (2/21/10)
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