Southern Miss Wins Sixth C-USA Championship – The Vicksburg Post
MURFRESBORO, Tenn. — It wasn’t as smooth a road as it once seemed, but Southern Miss finally arrived at the destination she wanted.
Slade Wilks homered to kick off a game-tying four-run rally in the sixth inning, and Southern Miss beat Middle Tennessee 9-4 on Thursday to win the Conference USA regular-season baseball championship.
The victory, combined with Charlotte’s 11-3 win over Louisiana Tech, gave Southern Miss (39-14, 21-7 C-USA) a three-game lead in the league standings with two games left in the season. regular.
Southern Miss clinched its sixth Conference USA regular season championship and will be the top seed when it hosts the league tournament next week at Pete Taylor Park. USM will leave Conference USA after this season to join the Sun Belt Conference.
The Golden Eagles lost six of nine games before taking the final two of UTSA last weekend and the opener of this series. Their once-comfortable lead in the standings has fallen to just one game, but they will finish top with room to spare.
Likewise, Thursday’s victory was not the easiest. Middle Tennessee (29-22, 17-11) took a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly from Eston Snider.
Then, in the sixth, Wilks started with a homer to tie and the Golden Eagles rallied for three more runs with two outs. Gabe Montenegro put them ahead with a two-run single and then scored on a passed ball to make it 7-4.
Wilks doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning and Dustin Dickerson scored on a double steal in the ninth to close the lead.
Wilks went 3 for 5 with a double, a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored. Montenegro had two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Matthew Adams pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win out of the bullpen. Former Hinds Community College star Garrett Ramsey pitched three scoreless innings for his fourth save of the season.
“With nine walks, a few successful pitches, a few wild pitches, a few passed walks and four errors, you’re not winning a lot of games,” Middle Tennessee coach Jim Toman said. “And usually the score is worse than that. But that’s why they’re good, they’re getting better as the game goes on with their pitchers, they’ve got pretty good personnel.