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Baseball Sweeps Season Series with South Alabama with 13-7 Victory Tuesday

April 26, 2017

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MOBILE, Ala. - Mason Irby drove in four runs and No. 25 Southern Miss registered 16 hits in defeating South Alabama 13-7 Tuesday night at Eddie Stanky Field.

The Golden Eagles (31-12) snapped a two-game losing streak as they won the season series with the Jaguars, after a 4-2 win in Hattiesburg last month.

Cole Donaldson led the Golden Eagles with three hits as Dylan Burdeaux, Irby, Matt Wallner and LeeMarcus Boyd added two hits apiece.

Southern Miss scored in the first four innings and in six different frames to give them their 11th road victory of the year.

After Hunter Slater drove in Burdeaux for the game's first run in the opening frame, the Jaguars answered for two runs in the bottom of the inning.

The Golden Eagles, though, answered with three runs in the second and never looked back.  Boyd tied the score by driving home Donaldson, who doubled. Irby then followed with a two-run triple.

USA (25-17) cut the score in the bottom of the second to 4-3 with a tally, but the Golden Eagles answered again in the third with four more runs. After scoring a run on both a fielder's choice and a hit batter with the bases loaded, Irby registered his second hit, a two-run single, to make the score 8-3.

Again South Alabama tallied a lone run in the bottom of the inning, but the Eagles again extended the lead with two more runs in the fourth on a two-run homer by Daniel Keating, his eighth of the year.

Southern Miss scored another run in the seventh on a RBI single by Burdeaux and then added two final runs in the eighth on RBI singles from Donaldson and Boyd.

Stevie Powers, the second of six Golden Eagle pitchers, gave up two runs on three hits with a walk and four strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings of relief to capture the win. Powers came in for Calder Mikell, who allowed three runs on three hits and two walks with one strikeout over the first 1 2/3.

USA starter Sean Trimble gave up six runs on six hits with two walks over two-plus innings to suffer the loss and fall to 2-1 on the year.

The Golden Eagles continues its road swing this weekend with a three-game C-USA series at Middle Tennessee. Game times are set for 6 p.m., on Friday, 4 p.m., on Saturday and 1 p.m., on Sunday.

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