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Baseball Finishes Five-Game Stretch Away from The Pete with Pair of Midweek Home Games

April 17, 2017

Stats: Southern MissNicholls - Tulane
TV: None
Webstream ($): None Tuesday | Wednesday
Live Stats: Tuesday | Wednesday
Radio Network: Hattiesburg (WKZW-FM, 94.3), Jackson (WJDX-AM 620), Columbia (WFFF-FM, 96.7), Pascagoula (WPMO-AM 1580); Southern Miss Gameday App (free)

Pitching Probables (Southern Miss vs. Opponent):
   Tuesday - RH Alex Nelms, Fr. (1-0, 3.27) vs. RH Cayden Hatcher, Jr. (3-3, 4.89), 7:05 p.m.
   Wednesday – TBA vs. TBA, 6:30 p.m.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Southern Miss begins its third, five-game week of the season with a pair of midweek contests away from Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field against Nicholls and Tulane.

The Golden Eagles (28-9) take on Nicholls in the first of two regular-season games Southern Miss will play at MGM Park in Biloxi in 2017, Tuesday, starting at 7:05 p.m., before completing the midweek slate with a trip to New Orleans to face Tulane in a 6:30 p.m., Wednesday tilt.

The Golden Eagles, which hold rankings in all five major national baseball polls and are as high as No. 16 by D1Baseball.com. Nicholls starts the midweek with a 20-18 overall record, while the Green Wave are 18-18.

Freshman right-hander Alex Nelms, from Gulfport, is expected to get the call for the Golden Eagles in the contest against the Colonels. Southern Miss has not announced a starting pitcher for its game at Tulane at this time.

Southern Miss continues the strong start to its season as they defeated league rival Rice two of three games over the weekend at Reckling Park in Houston. It was only the second series win for the Golden Eagles there and the first since 2008.

The team belted seven home runs over the weekend against the Owls to give them a league-high 53 this season. Freshman Matt Wallner leads the squad with 11, while Taylor Braley has added nine to pace the squad. All 14 players that have at least one at bat have recorded a home run this season for Southern Miss.

Senior Dylan Burdeaux currently holds the team’s longest hitting streak at 14 games, as he has batted .456 (31x68) during this streak with eight doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI, to go along with 17 runs, five walks, four strikeouts and six stolen bases. Burdeaux has had 12 multi-hit games during this stretch as the team’s leadoff hitter.

Following the two midweek games, the Golden Eagles return home this weekend to face Old Dominion in a key Conference USA series at The Pete.

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