Matt Guidry Drives in Three to Lead Southern Miss over UCA

Southern Miss Defeats Central Arkansas 8-6

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (USM Athletics) - Matt Guidry drove in three runs while Hunter LeBlanc and Dustin Dickerson added two RBI apiece to lead Southern Miss to an 8-6 non-conference victory over Central Arkansas Sunday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.

The Golden Eagles’ win clinched them to the series victory while also propelling them to 6-1. Their start matches the best seven-game beginning to a year over the last last four seasons. UCA fell to 3-4.

Southern Miss jumped out to an early advantage over the Bears with three runs in the second.

Charlie Fischer opened the frame with a home run to leftfield, his first of the season, and Hunter LeBlanc later cranked a single to centerfield to drive in two more runs.

After UCA tied the game with three of their own in the top of the third on a two-run double from Hunter Hicks and a Coby Potvin sacrifice fly, the home team took the lead for good with three more tallies in the bottom half of the frame.

The Golden Eagles loaded the bases on a pair of hit by pitches and a walk when Dickerson knocked in a pair of runs with a double. Guidry later was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, driving home the third run.

The Golden Eagles extended the lead to 8-3 with a two-run single from Guidry in the fifth and held off a late charge from the Bears with solid relief pitching over the final 6 1/3 innings from Ben Ethridge, Ryan Och and Tyler Spring.

Ethridge kept UCA at bay for most of his four-inning outing, allowing only a pair of runs on six hits with a season-high trying six strikeouts. His only blemish was a Potvin two-run single in the seventh. Och then allowed a run over 1 2/3 innings, as he gave up a RBI single to Beau Orlando in the eighth.

Spring retired all three batters he faced in the ninth to earn his first save.

The Golden Eagles take to the road for the first time this season as they travel to Oxford to face Ole Miss Tuesday, Feb. 25. Game time is set for 4 p.m.