The Southern Miss baseball team closes out the home portion of its 2013 schedule when they entertain in-state foe Ole Miss Tuesday in a 6 p.m., contest at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
This will be the last non-conference affair for the Golden Eagles (26-23) as they entertain a nationally ranked Rebel squad that comes into the contest with a 35-17 mark.
The Golden Eagles won the earlier season meeting between the clubs, 2-1, at Trustmark Park in Pearl, as Andrew Furr delivered a ninth-inning, pinch-hit RBI single which proved to be the game winner. Southern Miss has now won four of the last five games over the Rebels including a 4-3, 10-inning victory the last time the two teams met in Hattiesburg on March 30, 2011.
A school-record crowd of 5,689 witnessed that game at Pete Taylor Park and the athletics department is pushing to see that number bettered in its final home game of the campaign on Tuesday.
For this game, the first 500 fans to the game will receive a free rally towel courtesy of Elite Screen Printing (200 N. 40th Ave., Suite 70, Hattiesburg, MS 39401/601-450-1261).
In addition, a hash tag has been created for this game - #6KatThePete - and fans which tweet this hash tag will have chances to win prizes, including a throwback USM baseball jersey, a Golden Eagle prize fan pack, Southern Miss t-shirts, Southern Miss lanyards, Southern Miss spirit bands and Southern Miss sunglasses.
Tickets can be purchased by going online at SouthernMissTickets.com, by calling 1-800-844-TICK (8425) or by visiting the Pat Ferlise Ticket Office, weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., as well as at the Pete Taylor Park Box Office beginning at 4 p.m., on game day.
On the field, senior second baseman Isaac Rodriguez continues to lead the squad offensively with a .349 batting average on the strength of a current 15-game hitting streak, which is tops on the team this season. Sophomore Mason Robbins has driven in at least one run in nine of the last 10 games and has 18 of his team-best 35 RBI over that span. He has multiple hits in four of the last five games and over his current five-game hitting streak, Robbins is hitting .522 (12x23) with nine RBI over his hitting streak. For the year, the former Mr. Mississippi for the sport of baseball is hitting .333.
The Golden Eagles have not decided on a starting pitcher at this time, while the Rebels are set to counter with righty Jacob Waguespack (0-0, 1.42 ERA).
Following the Ole Miss contest, Southern Miss takes to the road for their final C-USA series of the regular season at Houston, beginning Thursday and running through Saturday. The Golden Eagles take a 1 ½ game lead in the league standings with them. Southern Miss can clinch the title outright by winning two games over the Cougars in Houston.