March 11, 2014
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The University of Southern Mississippi returns home for six games beginning with a nonconference midweek series with in-state rival Alcorn State. The Golden Eagles and Lady Braves square off on Wednesday (doubleheader at 4:00 p.m.) and Thursday (1:00 p.m.).
The games will be "Dollar Days" as tickets for both days will be just $1.00.
Southern Miss enters the weekend after opening Conference USA play with a 2-1 series win on the road against UTEP. The opening conference weekend victory was the first for the Golden Eagles since 2006, when Southern Miss defeated Marshall 2 games to 1 in Hattiesburg. In addition, the series victory was first time since sweeping Houston in 2002 that Southern Miss won an opening C-USA series on the road.
The Last Meeting
April 24, 2012
The Golden Eagles began C-USA play, batting .282 as a team, going 24-for-85. The Black and Gold combined to score 20 runs with 17 runs batted in. Southern Miss notched a double and two home runs in its opening weekend, including a grand slam.
Sarah Evans led the offense, finishing the weekend 5-for-10 (.500) with a run scored, four RBI and her first collegiate home run. She was joined by Samantha Robles, who hit a grand slam, to conclude the weekend with a home run and four RBI. Meaghen Nelson paced the team with four runs scored, while Morgan McKeever and Arielle Pollock each had three runs apiece over the weekend. Katie Cleary, who had a hit in each game, posted her season-best 10th double against UTEP.
In the circle, Southern Miss allowed 18 runs (nine earned run) in 20.0 innings of work for a 3.15 combined earned run average. The duo of Robles and Shelbee Rodgers struck out a combined 12 batters while walking just four.
Southern Miss owns a 6-1 (.857) advantage in the all-time series. The Golden Eagles are 2-1 (.667) against the Lady Braves in Hattiesburg; 2-0 (1.000) against them in Lorman, Miss.; and 2-0 (1.000) at neutral sites. Southern Miss has won the last four meetings between the two teams. The Golden Eagles and Lady Braves have met in three separate tournaments, but have never played in a three-game series.
The series dates back to 2004 when the Golden Eagles notched a 5-0 victory over the Lady Braves at the LSU Purple and Gold Challenge in Baton Rouge, La. The two met again in 2007 at the Ole Miss Red and Blue Classic in Oxford with Southern Miss once against claiming a victory (W, 5-3). Alcorn State won the first meeting between the two teams in Hattiesburg - a 4-1 win in 2009. The two teams met twice in 2010 with the Golden Eagles earning an 8-1 victory at the Southern Miss Mizuno Classic in Hattiesburg and a 4-1 win in Lorman. USM won 5-1 in Hattiesburg in 2011 before claiming a 10-2 victory in Lorman in 2012 - the last meeting between the two teams.