Southern Miss Sports Information
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) – Steele Netterville blasted a sixth-inning, three-run home run to lift Louisiana Tech to a 4-2 Conference USA victory over Southern Miss Saturday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field to even the three-game series.
The Golden Eagles (18-8 overall, 6-2 C-USA) had a five-game winning streak snapped despite jumping out to an early 2-0 advantage.
Gabe Montenegro led off the bottom of the first with a single before Dustin Dickerson added a single of his own to extend his hitting streak to nine games. Reece Ewing then followed with an RBI single and Christopher Sargent grounded into a double play to allow the second run to score.
The game remained that way until the fourth when Jorge Corona knocked in the first Bulldog run on a fielder’s choice.
The Bulldogs (19-8, 6-2) took the lead for good in the fifth. Logan McLeod and Wade Elliott, the eight and nine hitters in the LA Tech lineup, opened the frame with a single off Southern Miss starter Hunter Riggins. The Golden Eagles got a couple of outs, but Netterville drilled a 1-1 pitch over the left field wall.
The game marked the first time in 15 contests that Southern Miss out-hit its opponent but lost in the contest. Both Ewing and Slade Wilks led the Golden Eagle offensive attack with two hits apiece as they outhit the visitors 8-6.
Cade Gibson (4-0) kept the Golden Eagles off balanced after the opening frame as he gave up two runs while scattering seven hits with a walk and nine strikeouts over seven innings to get the victory. Kyle Crigger threw the final frame to earn his fourth save.
Riggins (3-2) suffered the loss as he surrendered four runs on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts over six innings.
Montenegro left the game in the second inning after he was hit by a pitch just under the helmet.
The deciding game of the series is set for 1 pm, Sunday.
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