March 5, 2013
Falls to South Alabama, 8-7
South Alabama scored all but one its runs with two outs in the contest as they defeated Southern Miss 8-7 here Wednesday night at Eddie Stanky Field.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss baseball team completes its longest road swing of the 2013 regular season, Wednesday, when they travel to Mobile to face South Alabama. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m., at Eddie Stanky Field.
The game can be heard on the Southern Miss IMG Sports Network with flagship station, WKZW-FM, 94.3, in the Hattiesburg/Laurel area carrying the game. Against USA, the Golden Eagles look to snap a two-game losing streak after falling twice to Troy in the final two games of a three-game series last weekend.
The 6-5 Golden Eagles face a Jaguar squad that has won 10 of their first 12 games heading into a Tuesday night matchup at Nicholls State.
The Golden Eagles look to the trio of Tim Lynch, Chase Fowler and Isaac Rodriguez to continue to pace the squad offensively. Lynch, a freshman from Jupiter, Fla., leads the team with a .417 batting average to go along with three doubles and eight runs batted in. The designated hitter/first baseman holds the team's current best hitting streak at nine games.
Senior catcher Chase Fowler is next with a .417 batting mark to go along with a double, a triple and a team-high nine RBI. The Cumming, Ga., native has the second-longest hitting streak on the club at eight games. Fellow senior, second baseman Isaac Rodriguez, has posted a .341 average behind a team-best five doubles, a home run and five RBI. The Weston, Fla., native connected on his first home run Sunday at Troy in almost two seasons.
On the mound, freshman right-handed pitcher Jake Winston (0-1, 3.00 ERA) earns his third midweek start for the Golden Eagles and will face Jaguar senior lefthander Andrew Fonzi (1-0, 1.59 ERA). Winston has fanned eight hitters over six innings of work with five walks and six hits to go along with surrendering six runs on which only two have been earned.
Wednesday's meeting between the schools is the first of two matchups this season. Both squads are also slated to play at Pete Taylor Park on March 26.
The game marks the 85th meeting between the two schools with the Jaguars holding a 55-29 advantage in the series dating back to the 1967 season. USA won both meetings last season, but the Golden Eagles have won three of the last five contests between the schools.
Following the USA tilt, the Golden Eagles return home this weekend to finish a stretch of eight-straight games against Sun Belt Conference schools when they entertain Louisiana-Lafayette for three games. There will be single games played on Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).
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