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Pair of Big Innings Lift Golden Eagles Over Nicholls 16-8 at MGM Park

April 18, 2017

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BILOXI, Miss. -- No. 16 Southern Miss registered six-straight singles to start the bottom of the first and later added a 10-run inning to defeat Nicholls 16-8 at MGM Park Tuesday night.

The Golden Eagles improved to 29-9 on the season, while Nicholls fell to 20-19. The win was the first in three tries in the facility for Southern Miss over the past two seasons, after dropping both games here last season.

Southern Miss registered a season-high 20 hits, including three from both Mason Irby and Jake Viaene, while Dylan Burdeaux, Hunter Slater, Taylor Braley, Matt Wallner, Byrant Bowen and Matthew Guidry had two hits each. All nine Golden Eagle starters recorded a hit in the contest.

The home squad registered six consecutive singles in the first off of Colonel starter Cayden Hatcher (3-4) to plate five runs.

After the Colonels plated three runs in the third, Southern Miss exploded for 10 runs in the bottom of the frame to put the game out of reach and knocking Hatcher out of the game as he lasted two-plus innings and allowed seven runs on nine hits with a walk and a strikeout.

Burdeaux, who extended his hitting streak to 15 games and includes 13 multi-hit games during this stretch, walked with the bases loaded to open the stretch. Irby then cleared the bases with a three-run triple to left-center. After a sacrifice fly by Hunter Slater, Wallner and Bowen then added a run-scoring single before Guidry knocked in a run with a ground-rule double and Boyd plated two with a double of his own.

The second of four Golden Eagle pitchers, Hunter Stevens, went 2 1/3 innings in relief and allowed an unearned run on two hits with a walk and four strikeouts to earn the victory and improve to 1-0.

Southern Miss added one more run in the eighth on an RBI groundout by Boyd.

The Golden Eagles finish a string of five games away from home Wednesday when they travel to New Orleans to face Tulane. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m., at Greer Stadium at Turchin Field.

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