Sandlin, Season-Best Offensive Game Lists Eagles over UTM
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Nick Sandlin threw seven scoreless innings and Southern Miss registered a season high for both runs and hits in a 16-2 victory over UT Martin Friday evening at Pete Taylor Park.
The Golden Eagles (4-1) were supposed to travel to Nacogdoches, Texas, this weekend, but rainy weather forced Southern Miss to have to make alternate plans. The coaching staff were able to lineup this series late Thursday afternoon in bringing the Skyhawks (0-5) to Hattiesburg for this three-game series.
The original start of the game was delayed just over three hours due to rain.
When the game finally started, Sandlin limited the Skyhawks to three hits over seven innings with a career-best 14 strikeouts and no walks in only his second career start. Sandlin has now fanned 23 and surrendered 0 walks in 14 innings of work this season to improve to 2-0 on the year.
Guidry and Daniel Keating each collected inning leadoff homers in the affair for the Golden Eagles - the second for Guidry and first for Keating - while Reynolds added two doubles and Slater added his own two-base hit.
Southern Miss started the game by jumping out with four runs in the first on just two hits while chasing UTM starter Dalton Westfall (0-2) after six batters. He allowed four runs on one hit and three walks with a hit by pitch.
UTM (0-5) scored its lone runs on a two-run homer in the eighth by Carson Shrode, who notched his first of the year.
The Golden Eagles scored in six of eight innings, culminating with a five-run eighth. Reynolds, who has now driven in 10 runs this season, capped the scoring with a three-run double in that frame.
The two teams complete the series with a doubleheader, Saturday, starting at 11 a.m.