Feb. 27, 2014
The Last Meeting
March 3, 2013
Homers Lift Troy over Eagles in Series Finale
A pair of home runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh helped lead Troy to an 8-3 non-conference baseball victory here over Southern Miss Sunday afternoon at Riddle-Pace Field.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss baseball team completes an eight-game homestand this weekend when they entertain Troy in a three-game weekend series at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
The two teams are set to play a 6 p.m., contest Friday, followed by a 2 p.m., affair on Saturday and a 1 p.m., game on Sunday. It will be Take a Kid to a Game Weekend with any child 12 and under receiving free admission with the purchase of an adult ticket to any game in the series.
The Golden Eagles (4-5) enter the weekend on a little bit of a roll after defeating Alcorn State and No. 21 Alabama during the midweek. Southern Miss welcomes a Troy squad that has posted a 6-3 record which includes taking three of four games from Northern Kentucky and splitting a four-game set with Central Michigan as well as defeating Florida A&M, 7-6, earlier this week on the road.
In a series that dates back to 1998, Southern Miss and Troy have met 22 times on the diamond with the Golden Eagles holding a 12-10 advantage in the series. The Trojans took two of three games in Alabama last season, but Southern Miss captured two contests in the 2012 meeting in Hattiesburg.
Southern Miss is being led in hitting over the first nine games offensively by freshman Dylan Burdeaux (West Monroe, La.), posting a .333 batting mark. Juniors Mason Robbins (Leakesville, Miss.), Michael Sterling (Meridian, Miss.), Joey Harris (Gulfport, Miss.) and Bradley Roney (Wetumpka, Ala.) are all next at .308. Robbins paces the team in doubles with four and runs batted in with 10 as well.
The rotation for the Golden Eagles against Troy will be the same as the first two days last weekend. Senior right-handed hurler Conor Fisk (Brown Deer, Wis.) gets the nod on Friday. In his first start last week against UL Lafayette, Fisk limited the Cajuns to just two runs on four hits with a career-high tying 11 strikeouts over six innings. He will be pitted against Troy senior righty Tanner Hicks, who is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA this season.
On Saturday, righthander Cameron Giannini will take the mound. In his first two career starts for the Golden Eagles to begin the 2014 season, Giannini has not posted a record and has limited the opposition to a 0.77 ERA. Giannini will face senior left-handed pitcher Shane McCain, who has tallied a 1-1 mark with a 2.25 ERA this spring.
Both teams are undecided at this time on their Sunday starter.
All three games are set to be broadcast on the Southern Miss IMG Sports Network with flagship station WKZW-FM, 94.3, in the Hattiesburg/Laurel area.