HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Southern Miss exploded for five runs on a pair of fifth-inning homers to knock off UL-Lafayette 7-2 on Tuesday night at Pete Taylor Park.
Ragin’ Cajuns sophomore right-hander Evan Guillory (4-4) gave up six runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts in five innings.
Jake Winston (5-0) tossed 2.1 scoreless innings in relief.
Dylan Burdeaux went 3-for-5 with two runs for the Golden Eagles. Tim Lynch homered and had a game-high three RBIs, and Southern Miss (30-12) outhit the Ragin’ Cajuns 10-5.
Kyle Clement was 2-for-3 with a double and two walks for UL-Lafayette (27-14).
Brad Antchak put the Cajuns in front 2-0 in the top of the second sending a double into right-center, bringing in two runs. Dylon Poncho and Nick Thurman walked with one out, then moved up 90 feet on a passed ball by catcher Chuckie Robinson.
Southern Miss cut into the Cajuns’ lead in the bottom of the third as Hunter Slater singled in a run with two outs, making the score 2-1.
In the bottom of the fifth, Lynch gave the Golden Eagles a 4-2 edge with a three-run blast to right field, his seventh homer of the year. Later in the inning, Chase Scott added to the lead with a two-run homer to left field to make the score 6-2 Eagles.
USM tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI single up the middle by Storme Cooper to make the final 7-2.
UL-Lafayette returns to action at 6 p.m. Wednesday against Louisiana Tech at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field.