Eagles Return Home Wednesday to Face Alabama

A.J. Glasshof gets the start for the Golden Eagles against Alabama.

A.J. Glasshof gets the start for the Golden Eagles against Alabama.

April 23, 2013

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss baseball team looks to start a new winning streak here Wednesday when they play host to Southeastern Conference foe Alabama in a 6 p.m., contest at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.

The game is a designated BLACKOUT contest and Golden Eagle fans are asked to wear black. In addition, the first 500 fans will receive a free rally towel courtesy of Elite Screen Printing (200 N. 40th Ave., Hattiesburg, 39401/elitetshirts.com).

The Golden Eagles (21-18) had their longest winning streak since 2010 - 10 games - snapped Sunday in a 2-1 loss at Memphis. Southern Miss, though, won its fourth consecutive league series and holds a one-game lead in the C-USA standings.

This will be the second meeting between Southern Miss and Alabama (24-18) this season as the Crimson Tide took the opening game, 10-8, back on Feb. 19 in Tuscaloosa.

The Golden Eagles expect to send junior left-handed pitcher A.J. Glasshof to the mound against Alabama. Glasshof has posted a 0-2 record with a 3.86 earned run average. In his two starts, his ERA is 0.84 with 9 strikeouts and just one walk over 10 2/3 innings.

Alabama will counter with lefthander Jon Keller (3-5, 3.50 ERA) on the mound.

Sophomore Austin Roussel continues to lead the Golden Eagles in hitting with a .370 batting average to go along with a home run and 10 RBI. He is followed by senior Chase Fowler, who is hitting .333 with a homer and a team-high 20 RBI, while senior Isaac Rodriguez is at .316 with a homer and 17 RBI and Mason Robbins at .308 with one homer and 17 RBI.

Following the Alabama contest, Southern Miss entertains long-time C-USA rival UAB this weekend. Friday's contest will take place at 6 p.m., but Saturday's normal starting time has been moved to 6:30 p.m., to accommodate television. The series finale takes place Sunday at 1 p.m.

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