19th ranked Southern Miss battles Tulane on the baseball diamond - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

19th ranked Southern Miss battles Tulane on the baseball diamond in New Orleans


No. 19 Southern Miss will try to even their series with Tulane at one win apiece tonight at 6:30 at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium in New Orleans.

The Green Wave defeated the Golden Eagles 12-7 last month at MGM Park in Biloxi.

Southern Miss (27-10) dropped two of three games at UAB over the weekend.  On Sunday the Golden Eagles defeated the Blazers 11-0 in seven innings.  Senior Michael Gilbert belted a grand slam in the win and Chase Scott launched a three-run homer.

Southern Miss enters the Green Wave game with a team batting average of .319.

Graduate transfer and center fielder Jake Sandlin tops Southern Miss with a .386 average, senior shortstop Nick Dawson is batting .382 and senior first baseman Tim Lynch is at .381 with a team leading 42 runs batted in.

Tulane dropped two of three games over the weekend to Cincinnati and fell to 22-13 on the season.

Freshman left-hander Stevie Powers (0-0, 1.93 ERA) is expected to get the starting nod on the mound for the Golden Eagles.  The Green Wave are expected to send redshirt sophomore J.P. France (2-1, 4.67 ERA) against southern Miss.  He posted the win over the Golden Eagles in Biloxi.

Southern Miss returns home to Hattiesburg Friday night at 7 hosting Rice in a big Conference USA series.  Game two is set for 4 p.m. Saturday with the final game starting Sunday at 1 p.m.

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