Southern Miss Splits Twinbill at Charlotte Friday Afternoon
May 16, 2014
CHARLOTTE - Matt Durst drove in five runs in the opening game for Southern Miss, while Charlotte scored four times in the nightcap as the two teams split a doubleheader here Friday afternoon at Hayes Stadium. The Golden Eagles captured the opener 7-2, before falling in the second contest 8-0.
The Golden Eagles (31-23 overall, 18-11 C-USA) complete the regular season, Saturday, when they play the 49ers in a 10 a.m., CT contest. Southern Miss has a chance to win its eight set in 10 series this spring against league foes.
The Golden Eagles quickly jumped out in the opening game with three runs in the first. Connor Barron led off the game with a walk, before Robbins tripled into the rightfield corner to make the score 1-0. Matt Durst then singled in his first run, before Kline added a run-scoring single to give Southern Miss a lead that they did not relinquish.
The 49ers (19-30-1, 10-18) plated their first run in the second on a RBI single from Brett Lang, but Durst increased the Eagle lead with a double to knock in another run in the fifth. The junior from Whitehouse, Texas, finished his strong first game by belting a three-run homer to left-centerfield in the seventh, his team-leading sixth of the year, to complete his season-high RBI total and now has a team-best 40 RBI on the year.
Charlotte added its only other run on a run-scoring groundout by Grant Dunnegan.
Conor Fisk (6-2) captured the victory, allowing two runs on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts over seven innings. Charlotte starter Corey Roberts (3-5) got tagged with the loss allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits with four walks and two strikeouts over six innings of work.
In the nightcap, Charlotte scored four times in the second inning to cruise to the victory. Mikal Hill, Zach Jarrett and Patric King each drove in two runs for the 49ers as the Golden Eagles were shutout for the fourth time this season.
Ryan Butler limited Southern Miss to just six hits over eight-plus innings with two walks and four strikeouts to get the victory and improve to 5-7 on the year.
The 49ers strung together five hits in the second inning to race out to a 4-0 advantage in the second and then Hill added his first homer of the year, his first, in the sixth, to make the score 6-0.
The home squad added their final two runs in the eighth on a Dunnegan RBI double and a Jordan Hudson single.
Dylan Burdeaux led the Golden Eagles with two hits in the second game, including a double, but the visitors hit into three double plays and stranded seven runners on base.
Cody Carroll suffered the loss for the Golden Eagles, allowing five runs on six hits with a walk and three strikeouts to fall to 3-2 on the season.