Baseball Returns Home for Weekend Series with Georgia Southern
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Pitching Probables (Southern Miss vs. Georgia Southern):
Friday - RH Nick Sandlin, Jr. (2-0, 1.35) vs. RH Brian Eichhorn, Jr. (0-0, 3.86), 6 p.m.
Saturday - LH Stevie Powers, Jr. (2-0, 4.24) vs. RH Seth Shuman, So. (2-0, 2.70), 2 p.m.
Sunday - TBA vs. RH David Johnson, Fr. (1-0, 2.20), 1 p.m.
Belanger Pitches Baseball To 7-1 Victory Over Georgia Southern
Ryan Belanger pitched eight strong innings, giving up one run on four hits, walking one and striking out seven to lead Southern Miss to a 7-1 victory over Georgia Southern in the first round of the Wiregrass Classic, today, at Northcutt Field in front of 183 in attendance.
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – After completing a five-game road swing during the middle of the week, Southern Miss returns home to start a string of seven of the next eight contests at Pete Taylor Park beginning this weekend when they entertain Georgia Southern for a three-game series.
The two teams will play a 6 p.m., contest Friday which will also be Parrot Head Night at The Pete. Lloyd “Hurricane” Munn and the Forecasters will play prior to and following the game in The Roost, while fans will receive leis when entering the ballpark. The Golden Eagles will also wear paradise-themed jerseys for the game.
The series continues with a 2 p.m., contest Saturday and concludes with a 1 p.m., tilt Sunday. It will also mark the school’s Pack the Pete in Pink Weekend.
The Golden Eagles continue to be in the national rankings. This week, Southern Miss holds a No. 15 spot by Baseball America, while also sporting a No. 16 ranking by both D1Baseball.com and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association along with a No. 24 poll spot by Collegiate Baseball.
The recent road swing ended Wednesday with a 3-0 loss at Alabama. The Golden Eagles, which managed just two hits in that contest, look to get their offense going again.
The squad holds a .305 team batting average with six players with at least 25 at bats sporting at least a .300 mark at the plate.
Junior Luke Reynolds leads the way with a .426 mark. The third baseman from Forest, Miss., leads the squad in runs (19), hits (20), doubles (6), home runs (4) and RBI (18).
Reynolds is followed by first baseman Hunter Slater (.375), outfielder Gabe Montenegro (.371), second baseman Matthew Guidry (.333), catcher Cole Donaldson (.333) and outfielder Daniel Keating (.313).
Southern Miss and Georgia Southern have played once in their history with the Golden Eagles taking a 7-1 decision in the 2007 Screentech Wireless Classic in Dothan, Ala.
Georgia Southern enters the weekend with a 7-6 record, defeating Holy Cross in its latest outing on Wednesday, 10-5.
Following the GSU series, the Golden Eagles return to the road for a midweek tilt at Tulane, Wednesday in New Orleans. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m.