OXFORD, Miss. — Reed Trimble hit a two-run home run and added an RBI single during a seven-run first inning by Southern Miss and the Golden Eagles beat Mississippi 10-7 on Sunday night to avoid elimination at the Oxford Regional.
The teams play again Sunday for the regional title and a berth in the Super Regional. No. 2 seed Southern Miss (33-20) will play its fifth game in four days. The Golden Eagles lost to Florida State on Friday, beat Southeast Missouri State in a loser-out game Saturday and eliminated FSU with a 7-4 win earlier Sunday.
After top-seeded Ole Miss (43-20) scored four runs in the top of the first, Gabe Montenegro led off the bottom of the inning with a double and Trimble followed with a shot to left field. Dustin Dickerson fouled off four consecutive two-strike pitches before hit a two-out single through the left side to score Blake Johnson and Will McGillis. After a single by Montengro, Trimble’s single to center drove in Dickerson and made it 7-4 going into the second.
McGillis added a two-run homer in the bottom of the second to make it 9-5.
Hayden Dunhurst went 2 for 4 with two RBIs for the Rebels.
S. Mississippi rallies to eliminate Florida St. with 7-4 win
Reece Ewing’s single to score Reed Trimble in the top of the eighth broke a 4-all tie and Southern Mississippi went on to eliminate Florida State with a 7-4 win in the Oxford Regional.
Later in the eighth inning, Christopher Sargent scored on a throwing error by the pitcher for a 6-4 lead. The Golden Eagles (39-20) added an insurance run in the top of the ninth when Sargent singled to left to drive in Trimble.
The Seminoles took a 4-1 lead in the third inning when Logan Lacey hit a solo home run and Robby Martin and Davis Hare each came up with RBI singles.
Will McGillis batted 3 for 4 for with a home run for Southern Mississippi and B. Johnson and Trimble each collected two hits.
On in relief, Ryan Och pitched 4 2/3rds innings, struck out 11 and gave up just one hit to run his record to 8-0 for the Golden Eagles.
Martin and Matheu Nelson came up with two hits apiece for the Seminoles (43-20).