Notebook: USM baseball scrimmage highlights

By ANDREW ABADIE,
The Southern Miss baseball team rescheduled its third scrimmage for Monday after rain kept the Golden Eagles from playing on Sunday.

Monday’s scrimmage featured several notable performances from both veterans and freshmen in the lineup as well as on the mound.

The starting pitchers of the day were freshman right-handed pitcher and shortstop Dustin Dickerson and senior left-handed pitcher Josh Lewis.

Both pitchers look to be potential starters with notably Lewis in conversation to be the next left-handed starter.

Dickerson went one and two-thirds of an inning in which he threw two strikeouts, two flyouts and gave up a single and an RBI double to redshirt freshman catcher Andrew Stanley. 

Lewis went for three innings for his day on the mound. In the first inning, Lewis loaded the bases with two outs by giving up back-to-back singles and a walk, however, he managed to pitch out of the inning with a strikeout.

Lewis found himself in another jam in the second inning as he gave up a one-out single and double. Lewis gave up an RBI sac fly to sophomore Will McGillis and a two-run RBI double to senior Matthew Guidry before closing the inning with a groundout.

In Lewis’ final inning, he walked and hit a batter to start the inning off and loaded the bases on a two-out walk. McGillis capitalized with an RBI single.

Stepping into relief for Dickerson and Lewis were freshman right-handed pitcher Matthew Adams and right-handed freshman Isaiah Rhodes.

Rhodes, who had a tough outing on Friday after walking three batters, had a two-inning outing on Sunday that featured some redemption for the freshman. In his first inning Rhodes threw a strikeout, a flyout and a walk but Stanley, an Arkansas transfer, closed the inning with a throwout. In the next inning, Rhodes put the first two batters on base and gave up a run on a suicide squeeze but closed the inning with a double play.

Adams had a rough start on the mound but closed his day out on a positive note. Freshman Reed Trimble hit a solo home run to right field at the start of Adams’ time on the mound. However, Adams retired the next three batters in order and in the following inning he retired the lineup in order with a pair of strikeouts.

Freshmen Blake Wehunt and Chandler Best both then saw action on the mound. Wehunt, a six-foot-six-inch hard-throwing right-hander, threw three strikeouts and gave up one run in two innings. Wehunt’s lone run came from Guidry who hit a solo home run off the scoreboard.  The left-handed Best threw four strikeouts, two walks and allowed two hits and RBI single to Stanley.

Senior Alex Nelms threw three walks, a strikeout and gave up two hits and an RBI single to Reed before left-handed pitcher Ryan Och stepped in relief.

It was the second time in the weekend that the redshirt sophomore inherited a bases-loaded situation. On Friday, Och kept the damage minimal despite giving up an RBI single, he closed that inning with a strikeout and a double play. On Sunday, Och inherited bases loaded with one out but ended the inning with two strikeouts to close out his day.

On the hitting side, Guidry led the lineup going 4-for-5 with two RBI. Austen Izzio finished 3-for-4, Andrew Stanley finished 3-for-4 with two RBI, McGillis was 1-for-4 with a walk and two RBI and Trimble finished 2-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and a stolen base.

Southern Miss baseball opens the season against Murray State on Feb. 14 with first pitch set for 4 p.m.