April 29, 2013
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss looks to continue its winning ways when they welcome non-conference foe ULM to Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field for a single contest, Tuesday, at 6 p.m.
The Golden Eagles, which hold a 24-19 record, have won 13 of their last 15 games and are on top of the Conference USA standings, two games up on second-place UCF.
Last weekend, in their three-game sweep of UAB, Southern Miss scored 39 runs in the series which marked the most runs in a C-USA set since scoring 51 at UCF on March 27-28, 2009. A big reason for the large run total was a season-high run total in a 21-6 victory in the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday, which also included a season-best 24 hits. It was the first 20-plus scoring game for the school since beating Mississippi Valley State 20-2 (Feb. 24, 2010) and the most runs for the school since recording a 26-10 victory over UCF on March 28, 2009 in the first game of a twinbill.
The Golden Eagles hit four home runs in that contest and registering that many for the first time since hitting the same number against Memphis on May 26, 2010, in the C-USA Tournament opener.
Individually, Southern Miss' Blake Brown hit a grand slam in consecutive at bats over the weekend, collecting the first of his career on Friday night in his last at bat and then added one in his first at bat in Saturday's doubleheader. Travis Creel tied a school record against the Blazers in the opening game of the DH by registering six hits, tying him with three other former Golden Eagles including Todd Nace (Southeastern Louisiana, 3/5/91), Shane Pullen (UT Martin, 3/16/94) and Matt Shepherd (TCU, 4/2/04). Creel reached base on nine consecutive plate appearances at one point during the series.
Senior second baseman Isaac Rodriguez, who is hitting .333, has now hit safely in current team-best nine-straight games and has reached base successfully in the last 16 contests.
The Golden Eagles are also tied for second in the country with Mississippi State in double plays turned with 59, while Towson leads the nation with 62.
Heading into this affair, Southern Miss, which leads the series over the Warhawks 44-18 dating back to the 1949 campaign, dropped the earlier season meeting in Monroe at Warhawk Field, 6-5.
The Golden Eagles are set to go with junior righthander Sean Buchholz (0-0, 8.31 ERA) versus ULM on Tuesday. It will be Buchholz's first start of his USM career and sixth overall appearance. He will face ULM lefty Alex Dumaine (2-3, 4.79 ERA).
Following the ULM contest, Southern Miss returns to the road with a three-game C-USA series at East Carolina. Game times (all central) are 5 p.m., on Friday, 1 p.m., on Saturday and 10 a.m., on Sunday.
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