HATTIESBURG -- Southern Miss starting pitcher Conor Fisk looked sharp Friday night in the Golden Eagles' first home baseball game of the season.
But when Fisk left the game, Louisiana-Lafayette took charge and went on to win 6-2 at Pete Taylor Park.
Fisk, who had been held out of USM's first games due to a suspension, struck out a career-high 11 Ragin' Cajuns in six innings and gave up only two first-inning runs. He allowed four hits and walked only one. And when he left the game, the score was tied 2-2.
But Louisiana scored one run in the seventh inning and three more in the eighth to take the win.
Southern Miss dropped to 2-3. UL improved to 5-1.
The two teams will play twice today to wind up the weekend series, at 1 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. The late game replaces Sunday's scheduled game because of a forecast of inclement weather.
"I was very pleased with the way Fisk settled in," Southern Miss coach Scott Berry said. "He gave us a chance and held them at bay.
"But we didn't compete the way we need to compete to win games."
Louisiana-Lafayette scored two runs in the first inning. Leadoff batter Seth Harrison bunted in front of the plate and was safe and Jace Conrad hit a sharp double down the right-field line to drive in Harrison. It was the fifth time this year that Conrad has driven in the Cajuns' first run of the game. Conrad went to third on a ground ball fielder's choice, when everybody was safe, and scored on another fielder's choice.
"After that first inning, I was just trying to do damage control," said Fisk, who threw 98 pitches, 71 for strikes, and retired nine in a row during one stretch.
"I did a lot more than I thought I could do. I had all my pitches working. I don't know what my fastball was, but off-speed was my high point."
Southern Miss got one run back in the third inning. Nick Dawson walked, then went to second on a balk by UL-L ace Austin Robichaux (1-1). Michael Sterling hit a line drive for USM's first hit and Dawson scored to make it 2-1.
The Golden Eagles tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, when catcher Matt Durst doubled between the third base bag and the UL-L third baseman, and Dylan Burdeaux, a freshman from West Monroe, La., doubled with two out to right-center field to tie the game.
The Cajuns went ahead in the seventh inning, for good, as it turned out, when Nick Thurman doubled off new USM pitcher Nick Johnson and Blake Trahan bunted for a single, and Conrad's sacrifice fly to left field scored Thurman.
Southern Miss finished with five hits, two by Burdeaux.
UL had 11 hits. Harrison and Thurman each had two.
Johnson, who allowed five hits and four runs in 1 2/3 innings, was the losing pitcher.
USM right fielder Mason Robbins had a five-game hitting streak, which dated back to last season, snapped.