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HATTIESBURG, Miss. — With the score tied 4-4, Southern Miss scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to break open the ballgame as they went on for a 20-5 victory over the Columbia baseball team Wednesday afternoon.
Columbia (0-9) took a lead for the eighth consecutive game and used a two-out rally to put up a pair of runs in the top of the first. Randell Kanemaru earned a walk and Kyle Bartelman followed with a single to center, setting the table for Liam McGill, who doubled to leftfield to bring in both runners.
However, the Golden Eagles responded with four runs in the bottom of inning. A single and hit batter led to Matt Wallner singling in Hunter Slater. Tracy Hadley followed with a double over the head of AJ DiFillippo in left and a passed ball allowed the go-ahead run to score. Another miscue on a throwing error allowed the final tally of the inning to come across and put Southern Miss in front, 4-2.
The Golden Eagles (13-4) recorded just three hits, but drew three walks coupled with a hit batter and two errors in their big inning.
Kanemaru singled to extend his hitting streak to 10 games for Columbia’s final run in the fifth, but Southern Miss added four more in their turn at-bats in the fifth and tacked on four more in the eighth.
McGill finished up 2-for-3. Starting pitcher Brett Gannaway (0-2) was the pitcher of record for the Lions.
Dylan Bourdeaux and Casey Mack each picked up three hits and combined to drive in seven runs. Alex Nelms (1-0) was deemed to be the most effective Southern Miss reliever, allowing just one run on one hit to go with four strikeouts in two innings of work.
After an off day, Columbia will wrap up its spring break trip with a three-game series at Tulane. Game one is set for Friday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. ET.