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Overall Record: 26-23; C-USA Record: 14-7

Last Week's Results
May 10 – SIUE 6, at Southern Miss 5 (Isaac Rodriguez has two hits and two RBI)
May 11 – SIUE 6, at Southern Miss 5 (Dillon Day goes 4-for-5)
May 12 – at Southern Miss 9, SIUE 1 (Mason Robbins tallies three hits and drives in four runs)

This Week's Schedule
May 14 – Ole Miss, 6 p.m.
May 16 – at Houston*, 6:30 pm
May 17 – at Houston*, 6:30 pm
May 18 – at Houston*, 1 pm

C-USA Hitter of the Week Nominee

Player: Isaac Rodriguez_____________                School:_Southern Miss__________________

Opponent           AB          R             H             2B           3B           HR          RBI         BB           K             SB-A

SIUE                       5                0              2                1                0              0                2              0                1                0-0

SIUE                       4                0              2                0                0              0                1              0                0                0-0

SIUE                       3                1              2                0                0              0                2              0                0                0-0

Totals                    12             1              6                1                0              0                5              0                1                0-0              .500


Supporting Information for Hitter of the Week Nominee:    Isaac Rodriguez extended his team season-best hitting streak of 2013 to 15 games with two hits in each of the SIUE games. He is hitting .491 (26x53) over the streak with four doubles and 12 RBI. He is the only Golden Eagle to play and start in all 49 games. He leads the team in multi-hit games with 21 (19, two-hit and 2, three-hit) and second with six multi-RBI contests. He has a reached base streak of 22-straight games (4, two-RBI, 2, three-RBI). He has not committed an error in the last 18 games, spanning 104 fielding chances (48 putouts, 56 assists).

Team Notes
* After having its open week in Conference USA play, the Golden Eagles head into the final week of the regular season with a 1 ½ game lead in the league standings. Southern Miss is 1 ½ games ahead of Memphis, 2 games ahead of Rice, ECU and UCF, and three games ahead of its opponent this week in league play, Houston.
* The Golden Eagles will assure themselves the C-USA regular season title if they beat the Cougars twice in Houston. Southern Miss has regular season C-USA titles in 2003 and 2011.
* Since April 10, senior Dillon Day is hitting .444 (24x54) with 10 runs, six doubles, a home run and 12 RBI, raising his batting average 90 points to his current .306.
* Mason Robbins has driven in at least one run in nine of the last 10 games and has 18 of his team-best 35 over that span, including four in the series finale against SIUE. He has multiple hits in four of the last five games and over a current five-game hitting streak, Robbins is hitting .522 (12x23) with nine RBI over his hitting streak.
* Sophomore Jake Drehoff limited SIUE to just two hits over five innings to get his third victory of the year.
* The Golden Eagles have 10-or-more hits in six of the last nine contests.
* Southern Miss welcomes Ole Miss to Pete Taylor Park on Tuesday for the school's final home game of the regular season. The last time the Rebels came to Hattiesburg, the school established a school record 5,689 on March 30, 2011.

Golden Eagles Fall in Series Opener 6-5 to SIUE Friday Night

Joel Greatting collected three hits and drove in three runs to lead SIUE to a 6-5 non-conference baseball victory over Southern Miss here Friday night at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.

The Golden Eagles (25-22) lost for the second straight time, while SIUE upped its season mark to 15-30. Due to rain expected in the Hattiesburg area late on Saturday, the start time for the middle game of the series has been bumped up two hours to 12 noon. The seven Golden Eagle seniors will be honored prior to the game.

It didn't take long for the Cougars to take the lead as Greatting blasted a two-run homer off of Andrew Pierce in the top of the first. That was the only damage Pierce gave up in a four-inning stint as he was limited in his pitch count in the contest.

"They swung bats very well," said Southern Miss coach Scott Berry. "Their (four)-hole hitter (Greatting) hits one off of Pierce that kind of disrupts the whole rhythm there, and kind of threw us in a funk.

"But, you know, we didn't deserve to win, and they did. They played better. They made the plays. They hit balls. They got the hits, and we didn't."

The Golden Eagles cut into the lead with an RBI single from Isaac Rodriguez, the first of two hits from the senior from Weston, Fla., as he extended his hitting streak to a team season-best 13 games , to cut the gap in the first. Southern Miss then went ahead 3-2 in the third on a RBI double from Rodriguez and a sacrifice fly from Mason Robbins.

After Pierce left the game by giving up two runs on five hits with a pair of strikeouts, Sean Buchholz entered the game to start the fifth. He allowed a hit and two walks before exiting. James McMahon did not fare much better as he gave up a run on three hits over an inning, while allowing all of Buchholz runners to score in the frame to give the visitors a 6-3 advantage.

Buchholz (0-1) was tagged with the loss in the contest.

Southern Miss rallied with two more runs in the eighth as Austin Roussel drove in a run on a bases-loaded hit by pitch and pinch hitter Andrew Furr knocked in a run with a fielder's choice.  Rodriguez, though, ended the rally with a strikeout.

 SIUE starter Caleb Wilkerson (2-4) picked up the victory by giving up three runs on six hits and four walks with a strikeout. Jake Stauffenberg allowed just one hit over the final 1 2/3 and got two punchouts to garner his first save.

SIUE Wins 6-5 for Second Day in a Row Over Golden Eagles

SIUE used a pair of homers early and then fought off Southern Miss late to beat the Golden Eagles 6-5 for the second-straight day here Saturday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in non-conference baseball action.

The Golden Eagles (25-23) lost their third consecutive contest despite out-hitting the visitors, 12-8, in the contest.

The Cougars jumped on USM starter Conor Fisk in the opening inning. James Vazquez got the inning going with a run-scoring single, before Joel Greatting, who had two hits and drove in three runs, collected his second homer in as many days, mirroring last night's shot with a two-run, first-inning blast to leftfield. It was his seventh round-tripper of the season.

Skyler Geissinger then followed with a homer of his own, his fifth of the year, to give the visitors an early 4-0 advantage.

Southern Miss quickly cut into the gap with two runs in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice fly from Mason Robbins and an RBI single from Jared Bales.

The Golden Eagles then tied the game in the fourth. After Andrew Furr reached on a Cougar fielding error, Dillon Day – who finished the day by going 4-for-5 – doubled to put runners at second and third. Travis Creel then singled home Furr, before Isaac Rodrigiuez added a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 4-4.

After the first inning, Fisk settled down for the Golden Eagles and did not allow a run for the rest of his 6 inning appearance in which he allowed five hits and four walks, but fanned seven in a no decision.

SIUE then welcomed Golden Eagle reliever Daniel Wineski in the seventh. Nick Lombardo led off the frame with a double. With runners at the corners and one out, Vazquez drove in a run on a groundout fielder's choice and then scored from first one batter later on a long single to right-center off the bat of Greatting.

Wineski (0-1) surrendered two runs on three hits with a walk and a strikeout to suffer the loss.

The Golden Eagles tried to rally in the bottom of the eighth. USM loaded the bases with no outs on a walk to Creel, and followed that with singles from Rodriguez and Robbins. Roney cut the gap with the Eagles third sacrifice fly in the game, but could manage only an infield single the rest of the frame to go along with two lineouts ended the threat.

Rodriguez extended his current team-best hitting streak to 14 games, as he and Robbins added two hits apiece.

Tony Schaeffer went six-plus innings for the Cougars (16-30) by giving up five runs (three earned) on nine hits with three walks and a strikeout to get the victory and improve to 2-4. Schuster allowed three hits and fanned one over the final three innings to earn his first save of the year.

The series concludes with a 1 p.m., contest Sunday.

Robbins Helps Southern Miss Salvage Final Game of SIUE Series in 9-1 Win

Sophomore Mason Robbins (Leakesville, Miss.) collected three hits and drove in four runs to lead Southern Miss to a 9-1 non-conference baseball victory over SIUE here Sunday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.

The Golden Eagles (26-23) had a three-game losing streak snapped with the win. Southern Miss finishes the home portion of its schedule Tuesday when they entertain in-state Ole Miss in a 6 p.m., contest.

The home squad scored in six different innings and plated at least one run in each of the first four frames to jump out to the lead.

"We were able to score runs early, even if it was one-run here or one-run there," said Southern Miss coach Scott Berry. "That took the pressure off of our hitters and they were able to do what they do."

Southern Miss collected 13 hits in the contest and including two each from both Travis Creel and Isaac Rodriguez. For Rodriguez, he has now hit safely in 15-straight games which is the longest by a Golden Eagle this season.

It was Robbins, though, that drove in four of the team's first five runs, including an RBI single in both the first and third innings and a two-run double in the fourth. Andrew Furr and Rodriguez also added sacrifice flies in the second and sixth innings, respectively, to give USM a 6-0 advantage.

Four Golden Eagle pitchers limited SIUE (16-31) to six hits including just two by Jake Drehoff over five innings as he did not allow a run on a walk with three strikeouts to get the victory and improve to 3-5. SIUE scored their lone run off of Nick Johnson in the seventh on an RBI single by Denton Reed.

Jay Myrick and Paxton King each added a scoreless inning of relief down the stretch.

The Golden Eagles increased their advantage with three more runs in the same frame that the Cougars scored as Breck Kline plated two runs with a single and Rodriguez added his second sacrifice fly to end the scoring.

SIUE starter Sam Hopkins allowed five runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks with a strikeout to suffer the loss and fall to 1-6.

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