Baseball Wins on the Road 9-7 at UNO
NEW ORLEANS - LeeMarcus Boyd and Luke Reynolds each collected two hits and also drove in a pair of runs, while Jarod Wright added four solid shutout innings of relief as No. 13 Southern Miss defeated New Orleans 9-7 Tuesday night at First NBC Ballpark.
The Golden Eagles (6-2) defeated the Privateers for the fifth-straight time and now 17 times over the last 18 meetings.
After jumping out to a 4-0 lead with a run-scoring double by Matt Wallner and a two-run homer by Boyd in the second as well as an RBI infield single in the third by Reynolds, the Privateers rallied for five-straight runs to take their lone lead of the contest.
Walker Powell, who retired nine of the first 10 Privateer batters, gave up four runs in the third including a three-run shot to Cody Ducote. UNO (4-5) then took their only lead on a Darren Willis RBI single one inning later.
The Golden Eagles regained the lead in the sixth as Matt Wallner, who reached by doubling for the second time in the game, scored on single to leftfield by Bryant Bowen. Hunter Slater later scored on one of three UNO errors.
Jarrod Wright started the fifth for Golden Eagles in relief of Powell and threw four solid innings, allowing a run on a hit with a walk to go along with four strikeouts in getting the victory and improving to 2-0. Matt Wallner threw the ninth to earn his second save.
Southern Miss added to its lead with a run-scoring double by Reynolds, who later stole home before Slater was tagged out on a double steal attempt in the seventh and then added a final run on a pinch-hit single by Matthew Guidry in the eighth.
The Privateers added solo runs in the seventh and ninth frames to cut the gap.
UNO starter John Michael Stephens went six innings and allowed six runs (four earned) on seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts to suffer the loss and fall to 0-1.
The Golden Eagles continue their five-game road swing at the Cox Diamond Invitational at Blue Wahoos Stadium in Pensacola this weekend. Southern Miss plays Eastern Michigan at 6 p.m., Friday, against Ohio State, Saturday, at 3 p.m., and Nicholls State at 3 p.m., Sunday.