HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Heading into Wednesday night’s game against No. 24 Ole Miss, it had been pitching and defense that has gotten it done for Southern Miss.
It was no different again against the Rebels on this evening as Cord Cockrell threw seven strong innings and the Golden Eagles did not commit an error in the contest in the 5-1 victory, giving Southern Miss its fourth win in a row at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in front of 4,022.
Cockrell allowed just one run on five hits with a walk and five strikeouts to garner the victory and improve to 1-0 on the campaign.
“He had a great mix of pitches tonight and pitched extremely well,’ said Southern Miss coach Scott Berry. “He pitched off his change up, which made his fastball better.”
The Golden Eagles managed just four hits in the contest, but scored the game’s first run on a sacrifice fly by Austin Roussel in the second.
Southern Miss finished its scoring with a four-run explosion in the sixth to put the game out of reach. Nick Dawson led off the inning with a walk, before Dylan Burdeuux singled through the left side. The Rebels then went to the pen to replace starter Evan Anderson with Jacob Waguespack and the reliever immediately surrendered a double down the leftfield line to Matt Durst, which scored Dawson. Durst improved his hitting streak to five games.
Tim Lynch then hit a flyball to center that kicked off J.B. Woodman’s glove, which scored two runners on the play before Michael Sterling completed the scoring with a sacrifice fly of his own to score Lynch. The Golden Eagles collected a season-high three sacrifice flies in the game.
Golden Eagle pitching extended their scoreless inning streak to 25.2 innings dating back to last Saturday, before designated hitter Holt Perdzock plated the Rebels’ lone run with a single to center in the seventh.
Jake Winston threw the final two innings for Southern Miss getting one strikeout in his outing.
Anderson, the first of six Ole Miss pitchers in the contest, suffered the loss and fell to 1-1 after giving up three runs on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts over five-plus innings.
It was the fourth errorless game for the Golden Eagles in the last five contests as their fielding percentage jumped to .972.
“We’ve played four very clean games defensively,” added Berry. “That’s what put us in the loss column early and right now, we’re hitting enough to score runs and aren’t hurting ourselves defensively.”