HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WTVA/USM Athletics) - Austin Roussel delivered a go-ahead RBI-single in a six-run eighth to lift Southern Miss to a 6-1 victory over Missouri Sunday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field to complete a three-game sweep of the visiting Tigers.
Roussel collected three of the Golden Eagles' nine hits, while Isaac Rodriguez and Andrew Furr added two hits apiece.
Both teams remained scoreless through the first five innings as Mizzou's Jace James and USM's Mason Robbins dominated the other team's hitters.
The Tigers collected their only run in the sixth. Sal Belfonte doubled to lead off the frame and then went to third on a lineout to center. After an intentional walk, Belfonte scored on a fielder's choice by Dane Opel.
The game remained that way until the eighth when Rodriguez and Robbins led off the frame with back-to-back doubles, the latter driving home the tying run. After a sacrifice bunt to move Robbins to third, Connor Barron and Bradley Roney each walked (the second walk was intentional) to load the bases.
Roussel then put the Golden Eagles up for good with an RBI-single to center. After a strikeout, Furr then singled up the middle to drive home two more runs before Dillon Day knocked in a run with a fielder's choice. Rodriguez then added an RBI-single in his second at bat in the frame to close out the scoring.
Robbins, who hit a go-ahead three-run homer in Saturday's contest, tied his career-long outing on the mound as he allowed just one run on two hits and walked three while fanning a pair of Tigers over six innings.
Southern Miss turned the game over to Jay Myrick for the final three frames and he struck out four while not allowing a run on just one hit and one walk to garner the victory.
John Miles - who started the eighth inning and was the third of four Mizzou pitchers - got tagged with the loss as he surrendered two runs on two hits while registering just one out.
The Golden Eagles return to action Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Tuscaloosa, as they face Alabama in a 6:05 p.m. to complete a stretch of four games against Southeastern Conference foes to start the campaign.