Southern Miss notches midweek win over Ole Miss

Published 10:23 pm Tuesday, May 14, 2024

HATTIESBURG — Southern Miss finished its midweek schedule with a satisfying victory.

Carson Paetow collected three hits and drove in three runs, including a key two-run single in the sixth inning, as No. 25 Southern Miss rallied to beat Ole Miss 7-4 on Tuesday.

The Golden Eagles (35-17) increased their season-best winning streak to eight games, while snapping a five-game losing streak to the Rebels (27-25) in the process.

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Trailing 4-0 heading into the bottom of the second, Southern Miss got one back on a bases loaded walk to Dalton McIntyre and then used a pair of three run innings to take the lead for good.

In the fifth, with runners on the corners and two outs, Paetow hit a high hopper up the middle away from the shift to the left-handed hitter. Ole Miss shortstop Luke Hill fielded the ball but not in time to retire Paetow, which allowed the run to score. Nick Monistere then drove home the other two runs as he laced a double down the third-base line to tie the score at 4-4.

An inning later, McIntyre drew a two-out walk and scored from first on Ozzie Pratt’s double. Slade Wilks and Davis Gillespie were both hit by a pitch, and Paetow followed with another single up the middle to score the final two runs of the game.

Four Southern Miss relievers combined for eight strikeouts in seven scoreless innings. J.B. Middleton threw three innings and had five strikeouts. Ben Riley Flowers tossed the next two innings and was credited with the win.

Josh Och and Colby Allen finished up with one inning apiece. Allen worked the ninth for his fourth save of the season. The four Southern Miss relievers only allowed a total of one hit and one walk.

Ole Miss jumped out to an early lead with four runs over the first two innings.

Andrew Fischer blasted a two-run home run to right for his 20th of the year in the first inning. In the second, an RBI single from Luke Hill and a groundout by Jackson Ross put the Rebels ahead 4-0, but they couldn’t add to or hold the lead.

Southern Miss returns to action for its final Sun Belt Conference series this weekend, at Pete Taylor Park against Texas State. The first game is Thursday at 6 p.m.

Ole Miss will finish its SEC schedule with a series in Baton Rouge against LSU. The first game is Thursday at 6 p.m., and it will be televised on the SEC Network.