Southern Miss tops Marshall
BILOXI, Miss. — Southern Miss withstood Marshall University’s comeback bid in the eighth inning and added some insurance in the ninth inning for a 10-5 victory Thursday in the Conference USA baseball tournament at MGM Park.
Marshall cut into a 7-3 deficit with two runs in the eighth.
Raul Cabrera’s single, a walk from Luke Edwards and Geordon Blanton’s walk loaded the bases for Shane Hanon who delivered a two-run single with one out. The Thundering Herd left two runners on base.
Gabe Montenegro of the second-seeded Golden Eagles bashed a three-run home run in the ninth for a 10-5 lead.
Sixth-seeded Marshall (29-27) falls into the double-elimination loser’s bracket for a 4 p.m. Friday elimination game against seventh-seeded Rice (25-32). Marshall swept three home games against the Owls last weekend to end the regular season.
Matthew Guidry also homered for Southern Miss (36-19), a two-run shot in the first inning. Cole Donaldson and Danny Lynch had RBI base hits in the fourth inning that gave the Golden Eagles a 4-0 advantage. Hunter Slater and Bryant Bowen run-scoring singles in the sixth and eighth innings respectively made it 7-3.
Marshall scored three in the fourth inning on an Edwards single, an Erik Rodriguez fielder’s choice and a Southern Miss error. The Herd left two runners stranded.
The Herd left 11 runners on base total while the Golden Eagles left 13.
Southern Miss relief pitcher Brant Blaylock (1-1) was the winner and Hunter Stanley recorded his third save of the season. Marshall starter Wade Martin (0-4), the first of nine Herd pitchers, took the loss. Martin pitched the first 3.1 innings, yielding seven hits and four runs.
Blanton had two of Marshall’s eight hits. Southern Miss’ 16 hits included Matt Wallner going 4-for-5 and Slater went 3-for-5.