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College baseball roundup: Southern Miss knocks around ULL; LSU falls to Tulane

 Southern Miss first baseman Tim Lynch grabs the ball after second baseman Storme Cooper misplayed the pop up, Saturday, Apr. 23, 2016.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD Southern Miss first baseman Tim Lynch grabs the ball after second baseman Storme Cooper misplayed the pop up, Saturday, Apr. 23, 2016.

For Southern Miss first baseman Tim Lynch, the third time was indeed the charm Tuesday night at Pete Taylor Park.

Twice before, Lynch had stepped to the plate against Louisiana-Lafayette right-hander Evan Guillory with outfielders Dylan Burdeaux and Jake Sandlin at first base and second base, and twice, Lynch failed to deliver.

But in the fifth inning, Lynch snapped a 0-for-10 hitless streak with a home run that scored both Burdeaux and Sandlin ahead of him, giving the Golden Eagles the lead for good on the way to a 7-2 victory over the Ragin' Cajuns.

"It was nice to hit a home run there and kind of get us going," said Lynch, whose seventh homer of the season was his first since March 18. "I guess it'd been a while."

By defeating UL-Lafayette (27-14) for the first time in six meetings, No. 14 Southern Miss (30-12) pocketed a midweek win over a nationally-ranked opponent for the second time in three weeks.

The Ragin' Cajuns lost in the midweek for the first time since March 22.

"We hadn't beaten these guys the last five times we played them, back to my freshman year," Lynch said. "So, it was definitely good. We got a lead on those guys, and our pitching took us home from there."

Left fielder Chase Scott also homered in the fifth, a two-run shot, as the Golden Eagles put up five runs against UL-Lafayette starter Evan Guillory (4-4) to erase a 2-1 deficit.

"We'd put some pretty good swings on the ball early, took some balls, so it was just a matter of time before we got things rolling," said Scott, whose seventh homer of the year scored designated hitter Hunter Slater.

Five Golden Eagles limited UL to five hits, but seven walks, two hit batsmen and two errors kept Cajuns continually on the basepaths.

Southern Miss starter Stevie Powers gave up three hits - including a two-run, bloop double to center fielder Kyle Clement in the second - issued four walks and hit a batter.

But after Slater's run-scoring single in the third inning, the Golden Eagles trailed only 2-1 after Powers' four innings.

Jake Winston (5-0), Luke Lowery, Hayden Roberts and Walker Powell combine to shut out the Cajuns on two hits over the next five innings.

"A big part of that's momentum, and we preach on that all the time," Winston said. "Especially after that big inning we had, those five runs, we really needed that zero and keep that momentum in our dugout and try to continue that throughout the game."

Second baseman Storme Cooper capped the scoring with a run-scoring single in the eighth inning.

Burdeaux logged his ninth, three-hit game of the season, as Southern Miss collected 10 hits. Slater hit a double and single, while Sandlin reached base four times on a single, error and two walks.

"That was really big, what Timmy Lynch did, but it all started with Burdeaux and Sandlin being able to get on base," Southern Miss coach Scott Berry said.

The Golden Eagles commence a four-game road swing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday with a visit to the University of New Orleans.

Tulane 4, LSU 1: Tulane right-hander J.P. France limited eighth-ranked LSU to one run through 7.1 innings Tuesday night to lead the 20th-ranked Green Wave to a 4-1 win over the Tigers at Turchin Stadium.

Tulane improved to 27-13 with the win, while LSU dropped to 27-14.

LSU opens a three-game SEC series at 6 p.m. CT Thursday against Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss. The game will be televised on the SEC Network, and it can be heard on affiliates of the LSU Sports Radio Network.

France (4-1) threw 102 pitches, allowing one run on six hits with one walk and six strikeouts.

"We just weren't able to solve him," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "He threw strikes with his fastball and curveball. I thought we hit three balls good early in the game. With the wind blowing like it was I thought they might carry out the park, but they didn't. We just didn't make a lot of hard contact after that. It just wasn't our night.

"The result wasn't what we were looking for tonight. I think the kids were out there doing the best they can, and it just didn't work out. We have to move forward because we have a very important series coming up in less than two days at Ole Miss."

LSU starter Doug Norman (1-1) was charged with the loss, as he allowed one run on three hits in 3.2 innings with two walks and one strikeout.

Tulane grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning as shortstop Lex Kaplan reached on a fielder's choice, moved to third on third baseman Hunter Hope's double and scored on a groundout by first baseman Hunter Williams.

The Green Wave added two runs in the fifth against LSU reliever Caleb Gilbert, as designated hitter Jeremy Montalbano delivered an RBI single and an LSU fielding error allowed the second run to score.

Tulane increased the advantage to 4-0 in the sixth on a solo homer by second baseman Jake Willsey against LSU reliever Jesse Stallings. The homer was Willsey's sixth of the season.

LSU scored a run in the eighth when designated hitter Bryce Jordan scored from third on a bases-loaded balk by Tulane left-handed reliever Sam Bjornjeld.

The Tigers had runners on second and third with one out, but Bjornjeld struck out centerfielder Jake Fraley. Right-hander Patrick Duester relieved Bjornjeld, and he fanned catcher Jordan Romero to end the inning.

Duester pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn his second save of the season.