March 24, 2014
The Last Meeting
May 14, 2013
Pete Taylor Park
- The Southern Miss baseball team begins a stretch of six-straight games away from home Tuesday when they travel to Trustmark Park in Pearl to face nationally ranked Ole Miss in a 6:30 p.m., contest.
The Golden Eagles (12-12) have won five of their last seven games after winning their second-straight league series last weekend over UTSA at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
Southern Miss takes on an Ole Miss squad that has started out hot with a 21-4 record and a ranking as high as No. 12 by both Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The Golden Eagles, though, won both meetings over the Rebels last season, winning 2-1 in Pearl as Andrew Furr delivered an RBI single in the top of the ninth and with a 10-3 decision in Hattiesburg in its final home game of the year.
Under fifth-year coach Scott Berry, the Golden Eagles have now won five of the last six meetings between the schools.
Southern Miss has been on a power tear the last few games, hitting 10 home runs in the last six games as the squad has pelted 14 this season after hitting just 22 a season ago.
Matt Durst, who leads the team in hitting with a .312 batting average, is tied for the lead in round-trippers with Mason Robbins and Connor Barron with three apiece. Durst had a team-best 10-game hitting streak ended Sunday against the Roadrunners. Robbins, who paces the squad in both doubles with nine and RBI with 22, is next in hitting at .284. Junior Michael Sterling is hitting .266 with three doubles and seven RBI and sophomore Nick Dawson is batting .265 a double and nine RBI.
The Golden Eagles are set to send sophomore right-hander Cody Carroll (1-0, 1.00 ERA) to the mound against Rebel left Jeremy Mazzie (1-1, 2.25 ERA). It will be Carroll's third start of the year.
This is the first of two games for the Golden Eagles at Trustmark Park this season, the double-A home of the Atlanta Braves. Southern Miss also takes on Mississippi State, Tuesday, April 8, in a 6:30 p.m., contest. The Golden Eagles are 12-9 all-time at Trustmark Park and 5-3 against the Rebels there.
Following the Ole Miss tilt, the Golden Eagles return to the road this weekend when they travel to Boca Raton, Fla., to face Florida Atlantic in a C-USA three-game series.