Southern Miss loses in extra to Louisiana-Lafayette

By FROM SOUTHERN MISS,

LAFAYETTE, La. – Orynn Veillon belted a 12th-inning leadoff home run to lift Louisiana-Lafayette to a 6-5 victory over Southern Miss Wednesday night at Russo Park.

The Golden Eagles (8-6) had a four-game winning streak snapped as they started a four-game spring break road swing. Southern Miss opens Conference USA play this weekend at Louisiana Tech in Ruston.

Cole Donaldson and Danny Lynch had two hit apiece in the 10-hit Golden Eagle attack. Donaldson also drove in three of the five Southern Miss runs and doubled for both of his hits.

His first double came in the second frame, which scored Fred Franklin from second base, to account for the first tally of the contest. The Ragin’ Cajuns (7-10) tied the game in the bottom of the inning when Daniel Lahare – who had two hits and drove in two runs – collected an RBI double.

The game stayed that way until the sixth. After a leadoff triple by Golden Eagle Erick Hoard, Matt Wallner walked. Will McGillis then performed a safety squeeze to score pinch runner Hunter LeBlanc and Wallner was plated later in the frame on a Lynch single to make the score 3-1.

Once again, though, the Cajuns tied the scored in their half of the frame by taking advantage of two Golden Eagle errors and a pair of passed balls – of which both runs scored on – to knot the affair against at 3-3.

UL then went ahead for the first time by a run in the seventh on a RBI single by Brennan Breaux, who had two hits for the Cajuns.

But Donaldson came up big again for the visitors with a two-run double to give the Golden Eagles their final lead of 5-4 in the eighth. The Cajuns tied the game again, 5-5, on their own safety squeeze by Lahare.

Chance Stone threw the final three innings for the home squad, retiring the last seven batters, to get the victory and improve to 1-0.

Southern Miss reliever Jarod Wright, the 11th pitcher by Southern Miss, fell to 0-2 after allowing a run over the final 1 2/3 on two hits and three walks, two intentional, along with two strikeouts to suffer the loss.