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LOCAL

Hubfest enlivens the ‘Burg Mary Sergeant

Printz Reporter/Photographer USM students and the Hattiesburg community came together yet again for downtown Hattiesburg’s annual Hubfest Saturday, March 29. Hubfest was created by the Hattiesburg Chamber of Commerce in 1985. It allows for the community to come together for food, fun and fellowship. Throughout the day, local artists performed as people shopped from different vendors and indulged in crawfish, corn dogs and an assortment of sweet treats. The festival has grown tremendously in the last few years bringing in roughly 10,000 people and over 200 vendors from across the South. The heart of the festival is the Juried Arts section. Here you will find items ranging from handmade jewelry to birdhouses. Politicians and volunteer organizations were also found handing out pamphlets and voicing

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The Aztec Dancers perform at Hubfest Saturday afternoon on Walnut Street. The Aztec Dancers traveled all the way from Mexico and performed traditional Mexican dances as well as Aztec and Mayan ritual dances.

to visitors their beliefs and how they want to better the Hattiesburg community. One of the main attractions

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The crowd parades through downtown Hattiesburg to look around at local vendors Saturday, March 29 at Hubfest.

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NEWS USM Founders’ Day University takes part in anniversary ceremony.

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of the weekend was the music Many Southern Miss students aspect. The genres ranged came out to join the festivities. from country to classic rock. Heather Chopin, a junior Different venues in downtown communication studies major Hattiesburg showcased local comes to Hubfest every year. musicians and there was also a “I love looking at the main stage available for people different booths and listening to enjoy. Hubfest featured to the live music, which is by USM student Gary Stanton on far my favorite part,” Chopin the Post Office steps during the said. “I also love getting to late afternoon. see everyone there. I enjoy Another part that attracted being able to do something the masses was the excellent different and walking around food. Plates of crawfish were downtown Hattiesburg.” sold for $15 while visitors could Some students attended also enjoy corn dogs and funnel the event as volunteers for cakes from street vendors. different organizations and Also, many restaurants vendors. Katie Hogan, a downtown had lunch and sophomore international drink specials throughout studies major, volunteered for the day. The drinks vendors the Hattiesburg Lions Club by made sure to be fully stocked helping test for diabetes and with beers from Hattiesburg’s by giving eye exams to visitors. very own brewery, Southern This year was Hogan’s first Prohibition. Hubfest brings time attending Hubfest. in a lot of income for the “My first Hubfest experience restaurants and stores in the was great,” Hogan said. “I got downtown Hattiesburg area. to see aspects of Hattiesburg

FEATURE Tri Delt Triple Play Philanthropy aids children’s hospital.

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OPINION Islamic Center Shooting was a little more than vandalism.

I’ve never experienced before, and I enjoyed interacting with people by volunteering with Hattiesburg Lions Club.” “This was my third Hubfest, and I felt it was the best so far,” said Elyssa Klipsch, a junior music education major. “There were so many people out enjoying the festivities. It was such a beautiful day to spend downtown.” Hattiesburg is thriving from the growth of the downtown area. Students and members of the Hattiesburg community are supporting the local businesses. Hubfest is a great way to get involved in the community and to really see what the city of Hattiesburg can offer everyone. The community of Hattiesburg is already looking forward to celebrating another Hubfest in spring 2015.

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SPORTS Baseball Golden Eagles win series in Boca Raton.


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EVENTS Monday, March 31

Friday, April 4

Gamers Community | Meeting 6:00 p.m. TCC 210

Men’s Tennis Alcorn State 2:00 p.m. Hattiesburg, Miss.

Tuesday, April 1 Gay Straight Alliance | Meeting 5:00 p.m. TCC 210

Baseball New Orleans 6:00 p.m. New Orleans, La.

Wednesday, April 2 Women’s Tennis Alcorn State 2:00 p.m. Hattiesburg, Miss.

Thursday, April 3

Saturday, April 5 American Marketing Association | Pancakes for Parkinson’s 6:00 p.m. Nitchampburg Baseball Middle Tennessee State 2:00 p.m. Pete Taylor Park

Sunday, April 6 Baseball Middle Tennessee State 1:30 p.m. Pete Taylor Park

USM Anime Club | General Meeting 7:00 p.m. WSB 120

Vietnamese Student Association | Meeting 7:00 p.m. Union Room C

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ON CAMPUS

Students, faculty honored in ceremony Destiny Reynolds Printz Reporter

Thursday, March 27 The University of Southern Mississippi celebrated the 104th anniversary of its founding in 1910. The Founders’ Day Ceremony, took place at 3 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium, honored outstanding students and professors, as well as hosted the inauguration of the 2014-2015 Student Government Association officers. Awards were given to Nina Bellipanni, Danielle Block, Wisam Buti, Aaliyah Cole, Jaylen Hackett, Kelly Hill, Zachary Irons, Mary Karnes, Douglas LeBlanc and Savannah Steadman for being outstanding freshmen with regards to grades, extracurricular activities and campus involvement. The Most Outstanding Freshman Female award went to Mary Spooner, and the Most Outstanding Freshman Male award went to Matthew McMullan. The awards for Best Female Citizen and Best Male Citizen went to Kelly Rake and Steven Panepinto, respectively, in honor of all they have done to improve the USM campus and the Hattiesburg community. The Leave It Better Than You Found It Award, created in 2009 by the Division of Student Affairs, is an annual award given to a graduating senior who embodies the idea of leaving Southern Miss better than he or she found it by means of hard work, leadership and determination. The 2014 award was given to Alex Doleac. The Barbara Ross Gold Leaf Scholarship, established in 2012, is an annual award that was awarded for the first time this year to Kristin Rylee House. The award is to be given annually to a Greek Life student who embodies the values of The Gold Leaf society, a group dedicated to the improvement of the university. The 2014 Hall of Fame inductees are Brandon Troy Baker, Torrel Bridges, Ann Marie Chilcutt, Brandon Hersey, Donald Holmes, Hannah Rice, Michael Sims, Owen Terry and Eryka Wallace. The most prestigious awards, the Phi Kappa Phi Bowl and the Judge R.J. Bishop Mississippian Award, were awarded to Caitlyn Burkes and David Fondren, respectively. The Phi Kappa Phi Bowl is the highest academic merit award that students can receive, and the Judge R.J. Bishop Award is given to a student who has shown extreme work ethic and determination by pursuing

an education despite economic, familial or physical hardships. Three professors joined the Centennial Legacy Circle during the ceremony as well. Places in the Centennial Legacy Circle are awarded to professors who have dedicated their time to the university for more than 40 years. This year’s inductees are Philip Kolin, distinguished professor of English; Charles McCormick, professor of polymer science and William Odom, professor of German. Once the awards were given to their recipients, the ceremony proceeded with the inauguration of the new Student Government Association officers. Outgoing SGA President Ann Marie Chilcutt delivered a speech in honor of this event. “Founder’s Day is, I will have to say, one of my favorite days to be at Southern (Miss),” Chilcutt said. “It is such a happy day that is filled with the celebration of the founding of this institution, which has produced so many successful students, created so many remarkable memories and ultimately provided so many resources, connections and opportunities for each person that walks onto our campus.” Chilcutt continued to discuss what Southern Miss means to her and to express her support of the incoming body of officers. “With an incredible year and future ahead of us, and the joy surrounding Southern Miss today, it truly is a great day to be a Golden Eagle,” she said in conclusion. The new officers took their pledges with Jeffrey George as president, Kyle Stoner as vice president, Wilton Jackson as attorney general and Meredith Barefield as election commissioner. Jeffrey George took the stage with a speech in honor of his new position as Student Body President. “Over the next year, I am challenged with the task of serving, representing and leading our entire student body, and this is not a task I take lightly,” George said. “I am humbled to have the opportunity to impact each student that steps foot on this campus, and I am honored to be able to serve our students to the best of my ability every day.” Those in attendance felt the 2014 Founders’ Day ceremony was truly a remarkable one filled with celebration and hope for the future of this university. As George said at the close of his speech, “We are Golden Eagles, and the only way we know how to fly is to the top.”

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Rodney Bennett presents Brandon Baker with a plate commemorating his acceptance into the Student Hall of Fame Thursday afternoon in Bennett Auditorium.

ON CAMPUS

Runners take on Superhero 5K challenge

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Runners sprint off at the first Luckyday Superhero 5K Saturday morning, March 29. Seventy runners participated in the race, which began at the intramural fields at 9 a.m. and showcased popular landmarks on campus throughout the course. The 5K was sponsored by Luckyday Citizen Scholars Program, Southern Miss Alumni Association, Runners High and Soccer Locker.


NEWS

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ON CAMPUS

New buildings honor alumni’s legacy Ardan Thornhill Printz Reporter

A $55.6 million development will honor outstanding figures of Southern Miss’ past. The University of Southern Mississippi received approval last

Five-story Building B of the 954-bed development will be named Luckyday Citizenship Hall in honor of former Trustmark National Bank CEO Frank Day. The building will provide approximately 173 beds for freshmen Luckyday Scholars

Bailey Magnet School students prior to his death in 1999. Day wanted deserving high school students with little chance for higher education to receive the opportunity to attend universities such as Southern Miss. USM continued the scholarship

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Construction of Century Park South has been taking place adjacent from the parking garage and across from Century Park North. The new residence halls are planned to be completed by the 2014 fall semester.

week from the State College Board to name three new dormitories and a student health center that makes up Century Park South after university benefactors.

as well as house Luckyday offices. Day, a native of Aberdeen, Miss., began the scholarship program by anonymously providing scholarships for eight

in his name, targeting its annual awards at Mississippi high school students who are outstanding citizens with exemplary community involvement.

The Luckyday Citizenship Program donated approximately $4 million toward the construction of Century Park South in November 2011. Part of the construction included the demolition of aged residential halls, Scott Hall and Vann Hall, in early 2013. According to Associated Press, the new buildings take the names after the ones they replaced: Vann Hall, named after former football coach Thad “Pie” Vann and Scott Hall, named after T.P. Scott, a Brookhaven school superintendent who was instrumental in the university’s founding as Mississippi Normal College in 1910. The two original buildings stood respectively from 1967 and 1959 until their demolition in 2013. Vann helped transform the Golden Eagles into one of the nation’s elite programs. Under Vann’s direction, Southern Miss saw only one losing season in 1968 after 19 consecutive winning seasons. According to a historical account of Southern Miss by Chester

Morgan, Scott believed public education should be “practical, professional and democratic, and (he, along with his colleagues) designed Mississippi Normal College accordingly.” The new student health facility takes the name of Moffitt Health Center in honor of Dr. Virginia Moffitt Crawford, director of student health services at Southern Miss for more than 20 years, as well as her parents and brother, all of whom are deceased physicians. Crawford also serves as a director for the USM Foundation, a non-profit organization that gathers funding and resources from alumni and friends for the benefit of the university. The development currently approaches its completion date, set July 2014. According to Residence Life, some modern conveniences available to residents of Century Park South include miniature kitchens, larger social areas and study rooms. It will offer housing beginning in the fall 2014 semester.

ARTS

Love and family key themes in ‘Picnic’ Yolanda Cruz Printz Reporter

Love is something that everyone can relate to, whether it is love for a parent, a sibling or a significant other. Love is arguably the central message of the new production by the Department of Theatre, “Picnic.” “I think the main themes are

the focus on family dynamics and the theme of love,” said Michelle Taylor, director of “Picnic” and second-year MFA directing student. “It’s about taking chances and allowing yourself to live the life you have always envisioned.” Written by William Inge over 60 years ago, “Picnic” is set in a small town during the 1950s. Everyone is getting ready for the

Labor Day picnic that marks the end of summer. It is on this day that a young man named Hal Carter makes his way into town and causes a fuss with all the women he meets. He especially affects Madge Owens, and she ends up having to choose between staying at home with her sweet and safe boyfriend, or risking it all to start her life anew with Hal wherever the train takes them. The show does not just talk about romantic love in a young couple, but also about the love in a family. Madge’s mother Flo may have seemed overbearing, but as the show progressed, the audience saw she was only trying to make sure Madge had a better life than she did. Hal even struggles with loving himself. While he may be attractive and able to get any girl he wants, he still is not sure if he has any real worth because he is not smart or rich like his best friend and Madge’s boyfriend, Alan Seymour. Millie, Madge’s younger sister, struggles with finding out if she can love herself for who she wants to be or who everyone else wants her to be. Millie is a tomboy, which was unusual for girls during this time. Everyone, especially her

sister, insists on her learning to be more ladylike by wearing dresses and stop playing with boys, but Millie feels uncomfortable acting the way her sister suggests. “Picnic” also raises the question if love is only for the young. Rosemary Sydney, a school teacher renting a room from the Owens family, tries to play off that she still has time to just have fun with men before she has to

“The play itself was very thought-provoking of gender roles and how much, as well as how little, they’ve changed since the setting of ‘Picnic,’” said Matt Sumpter, a junior polymer science major. This play calls into question everything about how people deal with each other, and a lot of the themes and issues raised are still prevalent to this day. It made this

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settle down, but as she watches the developments between the younger characters, she becomes jealous, wishing she was still at a point in life to experience love the way they do.

writer take another look at her own relationships. “Picnic” plays again April 3, 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m. each day in Hartwig Theater.


FEATURE

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GREEK LIFE

Tri Delt philanthropy benefits St. Jude Mary Beth Wolverton we’re not just dumb fraternity is a limited travel team for Printz Reporter

Over 600 students and members of the community crowded into the Payne Center March 26 to watch the cheer competition of Delta Delta Delta’s philanthropy event, Triple Play, which supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Tri Delta’s annual event features a cheerleading competition, softball games and a money drop throughout the week to raise money to support the hospital. The cheerleading competition took place Wednesday and had representation from all sororities, some fraternities and from alumni, friends and family. The cheer routines, choreographed and performed by members of campus Greek organizations, featured specially scripted chants promoting Tri Delta’s charitable contributions, as well as tumbling, dances and stunting. Phi Mu won first place in the sorority division with a routine that showcased the girls’ tumbling and stunting skills. They were followed by Chi Omega in second place and Pi Beta Phi placing third. In the fraternity division, Phi Kappa Tau placed first with a dance-heavy routine which kept the crowd laughing. Delta Tau Delta placed second, then Kappa Sigma in third. Destin Guillot, a member of The University of Southern Mississippi’s cheer squad, participated in Triple Play with his fraternity, Delta Tau Delta. “We had a blast,” Guillot said, a senior forensic science major. “We got second and tried to do everything to perfection. We wanted people to know that

guys, that we really care about helping out.” While competitors and supporters at the cheer competition loved watching their peers face off for the title, another performance stole the show. Tri Delta invited a community cheer team, the Southern Stars of ACE Cheer Company, to perform during ballot tabulation. The group

children with special needs. “The competition was very entertaining, but ACE’s competitive squad stole the show with their heartwarming, energetic performance,” said Ginny Pampuro, Tri Delta’s president and a junior audiology major. Due to the possibility of bad weather last weekend, the softball competition scheduled

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Sophomore Betsy Cutrer participates in Delta Delta Delta’s philanthropy event, Triple Play. The cheer competition was held March 26 in the Payne Center to raise awareness for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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The men of Delta Tau Delta perform their cheer for Delta Delta Delta’s Triple Play Wednesday evening at the Payne Center.

for Saturday, March 29 had to be canceled. “We were very sad when (Recreational) Sports canceled the softball tournament this weekend, but weather was simply not in our favor,” Pampuro said. Despite the cancellation of one of the competitions, Tri Delta still had a successful philanthropy event. As of March 26, Pampuro said the Phi Epsilon chapter of Tri Delta has raised $67,000 during the 2013-2014 school year. “We do three annual fundraisers that all go (toward) that grand total,” Pampuro said. “Our chapter goal for the year is $72,000, so we’re getting close.” St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital costs about $1.9 million per day to operate,

according to the hospital’s website. The hospital does not charge the families of children who are treated at St. Jude, and money comes mainly from individual donations, so Phi Epsilon’s donation of $67,000 is helpful for the continued running of the facility. Guillot summed up the spirit of the philanthropy event. “For me, it was worth the time and effort spent because we got to see people come together to support a cause,” Guillot said. The children of St. Jude undoubtedly agree.


OPINION

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LOCAL

Senseless act mars Islamic Center Alan Rawls Managing Editor

As some of you may or may not know, something rather hateful happened almost two weeks ago. Hattiesburg police began investigating an incident in which shots were fired at the Islamic Center on North 25th Avenue near The University of Southern Mississippi. Despite several shots fired at the building, no one was inside at the time. There were no injuries. The initial reports of gunshots in that area came Tuesday, but it was not until Wednesday morning that Jerry Buti of the Islamic Center could confirm these reports by discovering the bullet holes. So far the police have no leads or suspects in the case. Now, there are not too many current events out there that can rile me up, but this vandalism – as it has been called – typically renders me livid. And it does not anger me because it is

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The Islamic Center on North 25th Avenue serves as a place for local Muslims to gather for worship in the Hattiesburg area.

simply vandalism. It angers me because it is nothing short of terrorism. Yes, I said it. People who shoot at mosques or

other places of worship, no matter the reason or faith, are terrorists. Why on earth would anyone think it OK to go to this Islamic Center,

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pull out a gun, aim it at the building and then fire? I have been in church services featuring missionaries who talked about persecution. They would tell long stories of how Muslims in faraway countries would terrorize the local Christians. What disgusts me is that this sort of thing is happening in our own city (quite literally right next door to USM) but in reverse. It is the Muslims who are being persecuted. I’ll admit that I should not come to hasty conclusions about who committed this crime. It may not have been a Christian who shot at the Islamic Center. It could have been anyone. And this is also the first time anything like this has happened to the Islamic Center. But regardless of the culprit’s background, this incident should never have happened. Under no circumstances should anyone fire shots at another person’s place of worship. Worse yet, while this may not have ever happened in Hattiesburg before, it sure has happened in other places. What if people had been in the building? What if someone were seriously hurt? And what is more bothersome is that when WDAM, the local news station, reported on this matter and posted it to their Facebook page, the comments were out

of control. I can only assume so, anyway, since WDAM has a policy of deleting hateful comments and then commenting with that very policy. But people were actually commenting with support for whoever was responsible? What, we’re all going to congratulate this terrorist? Of course, there are always glimmers of hope. Many people commented with support for the Islamic Center, offering prayers and sympathy. “Our prayers go out to the Muslim community in Hattiesburg,” said one of the better commenters, Dan Capper. “They are good folks who in no way deserve to be victims of a terrorist attack like this.” Others offered up Bible verses talking about love for one’s neighbor. Now that’s the spirit! We should be working together, building each other up, not tearing one another down. We may not agree on various things like religion, but we can certainly respect each other as human beings. I don’t mean we should all hold hands and sing “Kumbaya” or anything. I’m not a world peace nutcase. But I would like for us all to start showing a little more respect for each other. Maybe then we could somewhat reduce the senseless violence on Earth.


OPINION

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EDUCATION

Common core: right idea, wrong method Alana Dixon Printz Reporter

The adoption of Common Core standards for education has become a hotly contested issue with Indiana officially removing the standards last week and other states looking to slow or halt their implementation. A Time Magazine article said the law Indiana passed to get rid of Common Core won’t radically change Indiana’s curriculum and that Oklahoma is moving toward creating a curriculum which will look a lot like Common Core for testing purposes. According to The Washington Post, a few states are wanting to re-brand Common Core by calling it things like “Iowa Core” or “Next Generation Sunshine Standards” because of the Common Core’s suggested link to the federal government. According to the Common Core website, the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were developed in 2009 by members of the National Governor’s Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, not

the federal government. The Common Core website said the standards have been adopted by 44 states, the District of Columbia, four territories and the Department of Defense Education Activity. The standards provide educational standards in English language arts and mathematics to be achieved by each grade level from kindergarten to 12th grade. The standards are meant to ensure that students in the United States are provided a quality education in English and math that will increase their performance in careers, college and life. I believe the Common Core is a good initiative, but states using common core tests to rate teachers and determine whether students can advance to the next grade are moving too fast to rely on the standards. On the Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE) website, the foundation explains that Common Core does not require states to evaluate teachers with Common Core tests or tell teachers how to teach or test their

students. States should hold off on making those decisions until teachers can adjust to teaching with Common Core and students familiarize with Common Core tests. What I see as one of the best improvements provided by Common Core standards is the introduction of greater amounts of non-fiction reading material. In high school, I was very interested in history class, but the information I copied from the Power Point presentations didn’t stick with me as well as the information I read in the text. The standards are more rigorous than what some students

are used to because what students are used to isn’t up to par with the top performing students in other nations. The United States was ranked 35th in the world on the Program for International Student Assessment’s 2012 report which ranks nations based on the math, reading and science performance of 15-year-olds. The Wall Street Journal points out that the data from recent years reflects a decline in each category for the U.S. However, if the mission of Common Core is really to prepare students better for life after high school, we should not see an

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increase in standardized testing, but teachers allowed to use more creative teaching strategies to engage their students. Tests will still be necessary to check student progress at regular intervals, but teachers shouldn’t have to spend large amounts of class time teaching to the test. Tougher education standards like the Common Core standards can make the American education system more competitive so long as we have parents who prepare their students to enter the learning environment and teachers who are given the freedom to decide how to get their students to these educational goals.

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BASEBALL

Golden Eagles take two of three from FAU Joshua Campbell Sports Editor

The Golden Eagles continued their ways with taking two of three games in a conference series as they did so for the third consecutive time this weekend, besting Florida Atlantic on the road. Friday’s game was a manager’s dream as USM pitchers Christian Talley and Bradley Roney combined to shutout the Owls en route to a 2-0 victory. Talley started the game and pitched seven shutout innings, allowing seven hits and one walk while striking out four. Roney pitched the final two innings, allowing one hit and one walk while fanning four batters. The game was scoreless until the fifth inning when Southern Miss caught a break from FAU’s defense. FAU shortstop Mitch Morales had a throwing error that allowed catcher

Austin Roussel to score. In the top of the seventh frame, Roney led off with a single before advancing to second on a wild pitch. Roussel moved him to third with a sacrifice bunt before Nick Dawson brought him home with an RBI double to extend the lead to 2-0. That score would hold up as neither offense got much going for the rest of the game. Tim Lynch and Roney led the way for USM at the plate, each collecting two hits. Roney also picked up his eighth save of the season. Game two of the series was a much different story as the two teams combined for 22 hits. The scoring got started in the bottom of the second inning when CJ Chatham singled home Tyler Rocklein to give FAU an early lead. Southern Miss answered right back in the top of the third however. Connor Barron led off with a double

to left field and later scored on a ground out to second base by Lynch. FAU took back the lead in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI single to right field by Brendon Sanger to make it a one run ballgame. But again, the Golden Eagles answered right back in the top of the sixth inning. Breck Kline continued his pinch-hit magic, driving in Roney with a single up the middle on a full count offering. On the next pitch, Michael Sterling singled through the left side to score Roussel that gave USM a 3-2 lead. Lynch followed suit and singled home Kline with a shot to right field. FAU would get out of the inning without allowing another run, but the damage had already been done. Roussel scored in the eighth inning on a passed ball after he singled to lead off the

inning. USM held onto to their 5-2 lead to win their fourth consecutive game. USM starter Conor Fisk picked up his second win of the season as he pitched six strong innings, allowing two runs on eight hits. Ryan Milton picked up his first save of the season and pitched the final 2 2/3 innings for the Golden Eagles. The first four batters in USM’s lineup each had two hits in the contest. Sunday’s contest did not fare nearly as well for Southern Miss or their starter Cameron Giannini. Giannini lasted just 3 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits to pick up his second loss of the season. Relievers Jay Myrick, A.J. Glasshof and Sean Bucholz combined to pitch the remaining 4 1/3 innings without allowing a run, but the Golden Eagle offense could not capitalize from their bullpen keeping them in the game.

Florida Atlantic starter Drew Jackson was dominant all afternoon as he held USM scoreless for eight innings. He allowed one run in the ninth with two outs before being replaced by Bo Logan who recorded the final out. For the outing, Jackson pitched 8 2/3 innings, allowing just one run on six hits while striking out seven batters. The win improved Jackson’s record to 3-0. Roussel tallied the lone RBI for Southern Miss, scoring pinch runner Michael Gilbert on a single to right field. The top three batters in USM’s lineup combined to go hitless in ten at-bats. Southern Miss (15-13, 6-3) will take on New Orleans and South Alabama Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Both games will be played on the road before USM returns home for a three-game series with Middle Tennessee State.

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