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Southern Miss falls to Florida Atlantic; LSU holds off Ole Miss

 Scott Berry concentrates on the game against Rice, Saturday, Apr. 23, 2016.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD Scott Berry concentrates on the game against Rice, Saturday, Apr. 23, 2016.

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Stephen Kerr had three hits and drove in three runs to lead Florida Atlantic over No. 14 Southern Miss 9-5 in the opening game of a Conference USA series Friday night at the FAU Baseball Stadium.

The Golden Eagles (30-13 overall, 14-5 C-USA) remained a half game in first place in the league standings over Rice, who split a doubleheader with Charlotte, and one game over FAU despite the road loss.

Hunter Slater gave the Golden Eagles an early 3-0 lead in the first. Following a Dylan Burdeaux single and a walk to Jake Sandlin, Slater notched a three-run homer, his fourth of the year, just inside the right-field fair pole to give the visitors the early advantage. Burdeaux led Southern Miss with two of its seven hits.

Slater, who tallied a career-best four RBI, also knocked in a run with a groundout in the fifth, after an RBI triple by Jake Sandlin earlier in the frame to account for all the Golden Eagle runs to cut the gap to 6-5.

The Owls (29-11, 13-6) tagged Southern Miss starter Cord Cockrell for six runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings, including a solo homer by Sean Labsan, his fifth, in the second.

That started a string of four-straight scoring innings for FAU as they tied the score in the third at 3-3 as Kerr knocked in a run with a triple and then scored on a CJ Chatham grounder.

FAU then went ahead for good in the fourth with three more tallies as they collected three doubles in the frame off Cockrell, who suffered the loss and fell to 7-1 on the season.

The Owls added a pair of runs in the fifth on a two-run single by Tyler Frank and then Kerr tallied a run-scoring single in the seventh to complete the scoring.

No. 8 LSU 6, No. 3 Ole Miss 3: Sophomore right-hander Alex Lange fired his second straight complete game Friday night to lead eighth-ranked LSU over No. 9 Ole Miss at Swazye Field.LSU improved to 28-15 overall and 11-9 in the SEC, while Ole Miss dropped to 32-12 overall and 11-9 in conference play.

The teams will conclude the series at 11 a.m. CT Saturday in a game that will be televised by ESPN2.

Lange (5-3) limited Ole Miss to three runs - two earned - on seven hits in nine innings with one walk and seven strikeouts. Lange, who also turned in a complete game last week versus Mississippi State, became the first LSU pitcher to record back-to-back complete games since Aaron Nola posted four in a row in 2013.

Catcher Jordan Romero led LSU's 11-hit attack by going 2-for-2 at the plate with a two-run homer and three RBI.

Ole Miss starter David Parkinson (2-2) was charged with the loss, as he surrendered four runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings with two walks and one strikeout.