Southern Miss duo named C-USA Co-Pitchers of the Week
In USM’s quest to stay in the NCAA Regional host discussion, it was the Southern Miss starting pitching staff that reminded everyone why the Golden Eagles were picked as the favorite to win Conference USA, allowing just one run on seven hits and a walk with 39 strikeouts across 29 innings in a four-game sweep of Middle Tennessee.
For the first time in league history, two pitchers from the same school are sharing the C-USA Pitcher of the Week award, those being Hunter Stanley and Walker Powell.
Stanley got the weekend started with nine scoreless innings to go along with 16 strikeouts, tied for the second most in a C-USA game in a 2-1 win over the Blue Raiders in 10 innings.
Not to be out-done, Powell followed that up with a seven-inning no-hitter on Saturday, the first for the program and the league since USM threw a combined no-hitter against Rice in the 2019 C-USA Tournament.
A sixth-year senior, Powell threw the no-no on senior day with a career high 12 punch-outs.
Three of the eight no hitters in league history belong to USM.
And there’s the final lines on the USM duo, Stanley tied for fourth best in school history, with 16 K’s and Powell just one walk away from a perfect game.
Meanwhile, MSU Friday night starter Christian Macleod fired off another gem, earning him SEC Player of the Week honors, allowing just three base runners with six K’s across seven scoreless.
And here’s how the Magnolia State big three checks in after the weekend.
19th-ranked Southern Miss now 33-15 after its four-game sweep of MTSU.
Mississippi State up to number three in the rankings after taking two out of three from 25th-ranked South Carolina.
And then Ole Miss struggling this weekend, holding steady at number 18, Despite losing two out of three to Texas A&M.