USM forces winner-take-all game after 8-4 victory Sunday over Louisiana State University
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - Sunday night, not only did the University of Southern Mississippi fight the good fight on the baseball diamond, but there was no collapse against a team that had done nothing but mount comebacks at the Hattiesburg Regional.
USM twice tied the game in the early innings before grabbing the lead for good with a three-run sixth on its way to a punch-in-the-nose payback 8-4 victory Sunday night over Louisiana State University.
It marked the Golden Eagles’ first win over LSU since 2007, snapping a 10-game skid against the Tigers.
USM’s second victory of the day vaulted the top-seeded Golden Eagles (46-17) out of elimination mode and into a winner-take-all showdown with the second-seeded Tigers (40-21) at 3 p.m. Monday at Pete Taylor Park.
Sunday night provided a bit of salve to the still-tender-to-the-touch wound carved when USM lost a four-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday night as LSU went on to win in 10 innings.
That set up a grueling day of baseball for USM.
The Golden Eagles started the day by eking out a 4-3 victory in 10 innings over third-seeded Kennesaw State (36-28) to advance to the championship round with LSU.
Now, after gaining a bit of revenge,the winner of Monday’s game will move into the best-of-three Super Regional round.
The USM-LSU winner will face the winner of the Coral Gables Regional hosted by the University of Miami.
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