Conference USA Tournament: Southern Miss vs. Rice


The last time a Southern Miss baseball player homered in four straight games was B.A. Vollmuth in 2010. Well, Matt Wallner changed that today and he did so in the absolute biggest moment of USM’s season.

Two-seed Golden Eagles defending their Conference USA Tournament crown, taking on seven-seed Rice in the second game of the day.

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Former Southern Miss Football Coach Jeff Bower throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

Matt Wallner, the first hit of the day for any of the first four hitters in the line-up is a two run tenth inning walk-off laser beam.

Golden Eagles win 6-4 in ten innings.  Storme Cooper said, “As soon as Wallner got up to the plate, I knew he was going to barrel up a ball and when he got it up in the air I knew it was going to carry and we all just got crazy.”

Matt Wallner said, “I was telling myself to go hit a bomb so that’s what I was low-key trying to do and I’m glad it was able to work out. I didn’t think I got it but yeah, I’ll take that. I think I’ll take another one tomorrow, but let’s just go for singles and see what happens.”

Head Coach Scott Berry said, “I mean that’s what’s great about baseball. You never know until that last out is made and you know what, that was the difference maker. We were one out from being done and playing at nine in the morning, but instead we were able to continue to find a way to get in there to tie it up and extend it. Now we play at four tomorrow.”

With the win, Southern Miss will play at 4 p.m. tomorrow from MGM Park in Biloxi.