HATTIESBURG – Gabe Montenegro homered to lead off the game Saturday afternoon for Southern Miss, and five Golden Eagle pitchers checked Holy Cross on four hits in 4-0 victory at Pete Taylor Park.
The Golden Eagles (8-5) won its fourth consecutive game with their weekend sweep of the Crusaders (1-14), finishing up the season’s longest homestand of seven games at 4-3.
“It feels good after what happened before that,” Montenegro said of a five-game skid by the Golden Eagles. “But really, we’re just trying to keep going and just looking forward to the next game.”
Left-hander Adam Jackson allowed two hits, walked two and struck out two. He was followed by Cody Carroll (1-0), who struck out six and allowed just one hit in three innings.
Gabe Shepard, Hunter Stanley and Ryan Och combined on two, perfect innings to preserve Southern Miss’ second shutout of the season. Holy Cross stranded seven runners, including five in scoring position.
“We’ve got a lot of good pieces, and (pitching coach Christian Ostrander) has been using them really well coming out of the bullpen,” Southern Miss coach Scott Berry said. “Those guys have a lot of confidence.”
Southern Miss collected nine hits and coaxed eight walks from five Crusader pitchers. But the Golden Eagles once again left double-digit men stranded, leaving 11 on base Saturday.
Will McGillis turned in a two-hit effort for a second consecutive game and Bryant Bowen, who started at catcher for all three games of the series, also had a pair of hits.
Montenegro, who leads the team with 14 runs scored, scored twice Saturday.
Holy Cross starter Garrett Keough (0-2) took the loss, allowing a run on five hits in 4 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out three.
Southern Miss will spend the next four games on the road, stopping in at Louisiana-Lafayette at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday before opening Conference USA play at Louisiana Tech March 15-17.