March 17, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - After opening Conference USA play last weekend with a series win at Marshall, the Southern Miss baseball team returns to action Tuesday to open a four-game homestand with a single contest against non-conference foe ULM. Game time is set for 6 p.m., at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
The first 500 fans in attendance at Pete Taylor Park will receive a free green Southern Miss t-shirt. It will also be Twitter Tuesday and fans that follow @USMGoldenEagles are asked to look for a special code for a ticket promotion for the game.
The Golden Eagles (9-11) return home having won three of their last five games and have already defeated ULM, 14-2, last month in Monroe in the team's other meeting this season. Southern Miss registered a season-high for both runs and hits (14) in that contest.
Southern Miss also leads the series 45-18 over the Warhawks (7-14) who dropped all three games to Louisiana-Lafayette in their Sun Belt season-opening series last weekend.
Junior Matt Durst (Whitehouse, Texas) has been the hottest Golden Eagle hitter as of late, going 6-for-12 in the Marshall series to raise his season average to .300 on the year. Durst has tallied a team-high tying numbers for both homers (two) and RBI (13). He returned to action over the weekend after missing four games with a back injury.
Juniors Mason Robbins (Leakesville, Miss.) and Bradley Roney (Wetumpka, Ala.) are second on the squad in hitting with .260 marks apiece.
Southern Miss is slated to throw Cody Carroll against the Warhawks Tuesday. Carroll made his first appearance, a start last Wednesday night against South Alabama, and threw four scoreless innings giving up just two hits and two walks with three strikeouts in a limited pitch count outing.
The Warhawks will counter with senior right-hander Jared Dye, who has accumulated no record with a 3.00 earned run average.
Following the ULM contest, the Golden Eagles entertain C-USA newcomer UTSA this weekend at Pete Taylor Park.