Southern Miss gets first sweep of year

Published 11:30 am Monday, April 21, 2014

It took six weeks, but Southern Miss finally got its sweep.

Bradley Roney’s three-run home run highlighted a five-run first inning, and the Golden Eagles went on to finish a weekend sweep of Louisiana Tech with an 8-3 victory Sunday in Hattiesburg.

Southern Miss (24-17, 13-5 Conference USA) won its sixth consecutive series in league play, but this was its first sweep.

The Golden Eagles are in second place in C-USA, 1 1/2 games behind Rice — which comes to Hattiesburg for a three-game series next weekend.

“The challenge before today’s game was that we were two thirds of the way to sweeping the series,” Southern Miss coach Scott Berry said. “This team has had some opportunities to do that and had not gotten it done.”

Southern Miss shut out Louisiana Tech (10-27, 4-17) in the first two games of the series. Although the Bulldogs snapped their 24-inning scoreless streak on Tyler Ervine’s two-run homer in the seventh inning, USM had the game well in hand by that point.

After Southern Miss scored its first run on an error, Roney’s homer made it 4-0. Dylan Burdeaux followed with a base hit, stole second, and scored on Austin Roussel’s single for a 5-0 lead.

Matt Durst added an RBI single in the second inning, and the Golden Eagles tacked on two in the seventh to answer Tech’s brief comeback bid.

Roney added a sacrifice fly to his homer and finished with four RBIs. Burdeaux was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, and Durst was 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Cody Carroll (3-0) allowed three hits and three walks while striking out six in six shutout innings to get the win.

Memphis 13, Alcorn State 3

Ethan Gross went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, Zach Schritenthal was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and three runs scored, and Memphis (22-19) completed a three-game sweep of Alcorn State (6-36).

Earl Burl went 2-for-3 with a run scored for Alcorn, and Joshua Powell was 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Alcorn led 3-2 after three innings, but Memphis used a pair of errors by the Braves to score twice in the fourth inning to take the lead for good. The Tigers then blew it open with three runs in the fifth and six in the sixth.