Preview: 4-0 Golden Eagles host Central Arkansas

By ANDREW ABADIE,

Southern Miss baseball is off to a 4-0 start to the season after sweeping Murray State and defeating the University of New Orleans on Tuesday night. 

The Golden Eagles will host Central Arkansas for its second home series starting on Friday at 6 p.m. The Bears opened their season with a 1-2 record after dropping its opening weekend to a Missouri State team that posted its first losing season since 2014 a year ago. Central Arkansas finished last season 32-27. 

After opening weekend, Southern Miss posts a rating percentage index of 73 while Central Arkansas enters the game with a 218. 

Against Missouri State, Central Arkansas showcased a solid pitching staff, most notably in its starting pitching. The Bears’ starting pitchers combined for a 2.12 earned run average while as an entire staff, the team combined for a 4.00 ERA. 

Friday starter Gavin Stone threw six innings in which he allowed one run off five hits. The right-handed pitcher threw three strikeouts and did not give up a walk. Last season, Stone was Central Arkansas’s ace out of the bullpen as he posted a 1.52 ERA in which threw 58 strikeouts and allowed 11 walks. 

Sophomore left-handed pitcher Noah Cameron got the Saturday start and had similar success. On Saturday, Cameron went six innings in which he struck out five batters allowed one run off five hits. Cameron was started in all 14 games he appeared in a year ago for Central Arkansas. In his freshman year, Cameron threw 94.2 innings and struck out 91 batters while walking 19 batters and posting a 2.95 ERA. 

Getting the Sunday start was right-handed pitcher Mark Moyer. In five innings on Sunday, Moyet allowed two runs off four hits while striking out two batters and walking two. Moyer has made several starts in his career with Central Arkansas, and last season, a regular out of the bullpen despite posting a 4.56 ERA. 

Out of the bullpen, Central Arkansas’ go-to arm was left-handed pitcher Brad Verel. The junior college transfer was the Bears’ closer on Friday and Sunday and threw a combined five innings. In his outings, Verel gave up just six hits and struck out five batters.  

Offensively, Central Arkansas had its shortcomings as the team hit a .241 batting average and came up with 7.6 hits per game on the weekend. The Bears’ bats came alive in its 5-2 win on Sunday. Junior college transfer Beau Orlando had the most consistent bat as he came up with a hit in each game and finished the weekend 4-for-9. 

Southern Miss baseball is off to a 4-0 start to the season after sweeping Murray State and defeating the University of New Orleans on Tuesday night.

The Golden Eagles will host Central Arkansas for its second series fo the season. The Bears opened their season with a 1-2 record after dropping its opening weekend to a Missouri State team that posted its first losing season since 2014 a year ago. Central Arkansas finished last season 32-27.

After opening weekend, Southern Miss posts a rating percentage index of 73 while Central Arkansas enters the game with a 218.

Against Missouri State, Central Arkansas showcased a solid pitching staff, most notably in its starting pitching. The Bears’ starting pitchers combined for a 2.12 earned run average while as an entire staff, the team combined for a 4.00 ERA.

Friday starter Gavin Stone threw six innings in which he allowed one run off five hits. The right-handed pitcher threw three strikeouts and did not give up a walk. Last season, Stone was Central Arkansas’s ace out of the bullpen as he posted a 1.52 ERA in which threw 58 strikeouts and allowed 11 walks.

Sophomore left-handed pitcher Noah Cameron got the Saturday start and had similar success. On Saturday, Cameron went six innings in which he struck out five batters allowed one run off five hits. Cameron was started in all 14 games he appeared in a year ago for Central Arkansas. In his freshman year, Cameron threw 94.2 innings and struck out 91 batters while walking 19 batters and posting a 2.95 ERA.

Getting the Sunday start was right-handed pitcher Mark Moyer. In five innings on Sunday, Moyet allowed two runs off four hits while striking out two batters and walking two. Moyer has made several starts in his career with Central Arkansas, and last season, a regular out of the bullpen despite posting a 4.56 ERA.

Out of the bullpen, Central Arkansas’ go-to arm was left-handed pitcher Brad Verel. The junior college transfer was the Bears’ closer on Friday and Sunday and threw a combined five innings. In his outings, Verel gave up just six hits and struck out five batters. 

Offensively, Central Arkansas had its shortcomings as the team hit a .241 batting average and came up with 7.6 hits per game on the weekend. The Bears’ bats came alive in its 5-2 win on Sunday. Junior college transfer Beau Orlando had the most consistent bat as he came up with a hit in each game and finished the weekend 4-for-9.

First pitch for Friday's game is set for 6 p.m.