April 23, 2013
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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