Southern Miss zooms by South Alabama

Published 9:28 am Wednesday, April 26, 2017

MOBILE, Ala. — Mason Irby drove in four runs and Southern Miss registered 16 hits in defeating South Alabama 13-7 Tuesday night.

The Golden Eagles (31-12) snapped a two-game losing streak as they won the season series with the Jaguars, after a 4-2 win in Hattiesburg last month.

Cole Donaldson led the Golden Eagles with three hits. Dylan Burdeaux, Irby, Matt Wallner and LeeMarcus Boyd added two apiece.

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Travis Swaggerty finished 4-for-4 with a home run, two RBIs and three runs scored for South Alabama.
Southern Miss scored in the first four innings and in six different frames to earn its 11th road victory of the year.

After Hunter Slater drove in Burdeaux for the game’s first run in the first inning, the Jaguars scored twice in the bottom half.

The Golden Eagles, though, answered with three runs in the second and never looked back. Boyd tied the score by driving home Donaldson, who doubled. Irby then followed with a two-run triple.

South Alabama (25-17) cut the score in the bottom of the second to 4-3, but the Golden Eagles answered again in the third with four more runs. After scoring on both a fielder’s choice and a hit batter with the bases loaded, Irby registered his second hit, a two-run single, to make it 8-3.

South Alabama tallied a lone run in the bottom of the inning on a solo home run by Swaggerty, but the Golden Eagles again extended the lead with two more runs in the fourth on a two-run homer by Daniel Keating, his eighth of the year.

Southern Miss scored another run in the seventh on an RBI single by Burdeaux and then added two final runs in the eighth on RBI singles from Donaldson and Boyd.

Stevie Powers, the second of six Golden Eagle pitchers, gave up two runs on three hits with a walk and four strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings of relief to capture the win.