HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Freshman Dylan Burdeaux (West Monroe, La.) belted a two-run, game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth to give Southern Miss a 10-9 victory over UTSA here Sunday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
The win gave Southern Miss (12-12, 4-2 C-USA) its second series victory to start league play as the Golden Eagles have now won five of their last seven games.
After falling behind 8-2 in the contest going to the bottom of the fourth, the Golden Eagles scored eight of the game's final nine runs behind 14 hits. Connor Barron and Nick Dawson led the squad with three hits each, while Mason Robbins and Burdeaux added two apiece.
It was the third time this season that the Golden Eagles got three home as Mason Robbins and Barron each hit round-trippers, along with Burdeaux's blast.
Southern Miss trailed 9-8 going to the bottom of the ninth. After Matt Durst fanned to end his team-best 10-game hitting streak, Robbins reached on a ground ball to second base that Jesse Baker mishandled. After a lineout by Bradley Roney, Burdeaux hit a 1-0 pitch off of UTSA reliever Matt Simms just in front of the scoreboard in leftfield to give the Golden Eagles the victory.
It was the first game-winning home run for Southern Miss since Kameron Brunty did it on May 8, 2011, at Pete Taylor Park over UAB.
Southern Miss rallied from its largest deficit of the season to win the series finale over UTSA. Down 8-2 in the fourth, the Golden Eagles began their comeback in the fourth. With one out, Robbins belted his third homer of the year to rightfield, while Austin Roussel added an RBI single to cut the lead in half.
The Roadrunners (16-8, 3-3) then converted a double steal in the seventh as RJ Perucki, who had three hits and three RBI for the UTSA, came home on the play to make it 9-4.
Southern Miss then scored two runs in each of the last three innings to complete the comeback.
In the seventh, Dawson and Barron led off the inning with a pair of singles. After a walk to Michael Sterling,
Tim Lynch knocked in a run with a single and Robbins drove home a run on a fielder's choice.
Barron then hit a two-run homer to rightfield in the eighth, his third of the year, before the Eagles won it in the ninth.
Luke Lowery, the seventh pitcher for Southern Miss in the game, got the final two outs on a double play groundout to get out of the top of the ninth with no damage to register the victory and improve to 1-0. Simms fell to 2-2 after allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts over the final 2 2/3 innings.
The Golden Eagles now take to the road for the next six games, starting Tuesday against Ole Miss in Pearl, Miss., at Trustmark Park. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m, and Southern Miss is the designated home team.
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