April 2, 2013
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss baseball team returns to action Wednesday night when they travel to Metairie, La., to face No. 2 LSU at Zephyr Field. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
The game is part of the Wally Pontiff, Jr., Baseball Classic, to honor the memory of the former LSU standout, who died at an early age. This will be the fourth consecutive year that the Golden Eagles have played in this game that is staged at the home of the Triple A New Orleans Zephyrs.
The Golden Eagles (11-16) look to snap a six-game losing streak to the Tigers, who improved to 27-2 after a 7-3 Tuesday night victory at home over Alcorn State.
The last USM win came in the final contest of a three-game set at the original Alex Box Stadium on March 11, 2007.
Current Conference USA Hitter of the Week, Mason Robbins, has led the Golden Eagles as of late. The sophomore outfielder saw his average rise 65 points last week to .347, after enjoying an 11-for-16 span over four games which earned him the first weekly honor of his career.
Golden Eagle senior Chase Fowler continues to lead the squad in hitting with a .354 batting average on the strength of a nine-game hitting streak. Senior Isaac Rodriguez is also hitting over the .300 mark and brings a .307 mark into the contest.
Southern Miss will start redshirt-freshman lefthander Luke Lowery in the contest against the Tigers. Lowery, who has posted no record with a 5.40 earned run average, allowed an unearned run on five hits over five innings in his first career start against South Alabama on March 26.
The Tigers are set to counter with southpaw Cody Glenn (4-1, 3.38 ERA) in the contest.
The game can be heard on the Southern Miss IMG Sports Network, including flagship station, WKZW-FM, 94.3, in the Hattiesburg/Laurel area.
Following the LSU contest, the Golden Eagles return to action this weekend when they entertain Tulane in a three-game C-USA series. The game times are set for 6 p.m., on Friday, 2 p.m., on Saturday and 1 p.m., on Sunday.