May 17, 2014
CHARLOTTE - Breck Kline and Austin Roussel each collected a two-run double in a five-run sixth to lead Southern Miss to a 5-2 Conference USA victory in the regular-season finale over Charlotte here Saturday afternoon at Hayes Stadium.
The Golden Eagles (32-23 overall, 19-11 C-USA) won their eighth league series of the 2014 campaign and captured their most league victories since collecting 20 in 2005. Southern Miss opens the C-USA Baseball Championship, Wednesday, playing at 7:30 p.m., at Pete Taylor Park against an undetermined opponent at this time.
Kline led the Golden Eagles with two doubles as the squad had four two-base hits of their six in the contest.
Down 1-0 in the sixth inning, Southern Miss got a one-out leadoff infield single from Michael Sterling.
Sterling hit an easy grounder to the shortstop Mikal Hill, but Sterling beat the throw to first base for the base hit. Sterling then stole his sixth base of the year on a great slide, evading the tag by Hill.
After a walk to Mason Robbins and Matt Durst being hit by a pitch, the Golden Eagles tied the game on a Brock Hudgens' wild pitch. Kline then doubled to right-center to give Southern Miss a 3-1 advantage. After a flyout, Roussel tallied a two-out, two-strike double into the rightfield corner to complete USM's scoring.
The 49ers (19-31-1, 10-19) opened the game's scoring in the fourth as Zach Jarrett belted Eagles starter Cameron Giannini's first offering of the frame over the fence down the leftfield line. It was Jarrett's second home run of the year.
Giannini (4-2) allowed just a pair of runs on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts to earn the victory, while Bradley Roney threw the final 2 1/3 innings giving up just a walk and a hit with two strikeouts. It was Roney's 11th save of the campaign to give him 29 for his career.
Charlotte added its only other run in the seventh on a run-scoring single by Grant Dunnegan.
Hudgens suffered the loss by allowing all five runs on five hits with two walks and eight strikeouts.