Golden Eagles defeat Ragin’ Cajuns in Sun Belt baseball title game

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Justin Storm pitched 5.2 innings of scoreless relief while Dustin Dickerson, Danny Lynch and Slade Wilks each homered in leading No. 16-ranked Southern Miss to a 6-2 win over the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns in the championship game of the 2023 Guardian Credit Sun Belt Conference Championships on Sunday at Riverwalk Stadium.

Playing in the championship game for the second consecutive year after posting two wins over No. 7-ranked Coastal Carolina on Saturday, Louisiana (40-22) collected six hits and led 2-1 in the fourth when Heath Hood singled up the middle to drive in Kyle DeBarge and Conor Higgs.

USM (41-17), which claimed its first SBC Championship title, tied the game in the fourth before taking a 3-2 lead in the fifth before Dickerson singled up the middle to score Matthew Etzel for a 3-2 lead.

Storm (5-1) relieved USM starter Niko Mazza in the fourth inning and fanned eight batters while scattering three hits the rest of the way.

Max Marusak and Higgs each doubled for Louisiana while DeBarge, John Taylor and Will Veillon each singled. DeBarge, Carson Roccaforte, Blake Marshall and CJ Willis were named to the SBC All-Tournament team.

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