Southern Miss salvages series, takes Game 3 against UTSA

By FROM SOUTHERN MISS,

SAN ANTONIO – Hunter LeBlanc and Will McGillis combined to score five times and drive in seven runs from the bottom of the Southern Miss batting order as the Golden Eagles overpowered UTSA 14-6 Sunday.

No. 27 Southern Miss salvaged the finale of the three-game Conference USA baseball series at Roadrunner Field, pounding out 13 hits to go with nine walks and two hit-batsmen.

LeBlanc and McGillis, who combined for five hits and three walks, each came through with a two-run, two-out hit in the top of the eighth inning. The four-run rally helped Southern Miss regain the momentum after the Roadrunners had scored four times in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Southern Miss scored 10 runs over the game’s final four innings, including four runs in each of the seventh and eighth innings.

Seven Golden Eagle pitchers surrendered just eight singles, though they combined to walk nine batters and hit two others.

USTA (13-15, 5-4 C-USA) got a second-inning, RBI-single from Shane Sirdashney to open the game with a 1-0 lead before answered with two runs in the third inning on Matt Guidry’s RBI grounder and Hunter Slater’s run-scoring double.

The Golden Eagles (17-8, 7-2) went up 3-1 in the fourth inning, scoring a run a passed ball, made it 4-1 in the fifth inning on Lynch’s run-scoring grounder and went up by four runs an inning later on Guidry’s RBI-single.

The Roadrunners cut the lead to 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning when Bryant Arias walked with the bases loaded, but an error by Arias led to two more Southern Miss runs and McGillis capped the seventh-inning rally with a two-run single for a 9-2 Golden Eagles’ lead.

Four walks from Southern Miss’ pitching helped UTSA recoup all four runs, as the Roadrunners pulled with 9-6 on RBI-singles by Garrett Moon and Layton Barry, a sacrifice fly by Chase Keng and a grounder by Arias.

But Southern Miss loaded the bases on two singles and a walk with two outs. LeBlanc doubled down the left-field to put the Golden Eagles ahead 11-6 and McGillis followed with a single through the left side for a 13-6 lead.

Southern Miss capped the scoring in the ninth, when Guidry doubled and eventually scored on Matt Wallner’s sacrifice fly.

UTSA starter Hunter Mason (1-1) took the loss, allowing three runs on three hits over 3 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out two.

Southern Miss reliever Sean Tweedy (4-0) picked up the win, allowing one hit in two scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out one.

McGillis had three singles, walked once, scored once and drove in a career-high four runs. LeBlanc hit a double and single, walked twice, scored four runs and drove in one.

Slater also doubled and singled, walked twice and drove in a run. Wallner reached four times on a double and three walks with a sac fly and scored twice. Guidry finished with a double and single and drove in two runs.

No Roadrunner had more than one hit, though Arias and Paxton each had a hit and walked twice.

Southern Miss will return home for a four-game homestand starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday when South Alabama visits Pete Taylor Park.

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