NSU Baseball: Demons Win

HATTIESBURG, Mississippi – Win or lose, Bobby Barbier said he would have been proud of his Northwestern State baseball team on Opening Day 2021.

A 7-1 win in the nightcap of Sunday’s doubleheader at Southern Miss only added to his good feelings.

“I told them before the game I would be proud of them whether they played well or not – as long as they played hard, and I think we did that today,” said Barbier, who opened his fifth season at the helm of his alma mater. “Did we strike out too much? Sure. Did we walk too many guys? Sure. We did a lot of things that looked like a team that hadn’t been outside too much. If we continue to get better – I thought we were better today at the end of the day than the beginning – that’s what this team needs to do day in and day out.”

The series concludes with a 12 p.m. Monday first pitch. Right-hander Levi David (2-0, 2.57 in 2020) is set to make his first career start for Northwestern State while left-hander Drew Boyd (0-0, 8.00) takes the mound for the Golden Eagles.

Southern Miss 5-1, Northwestern State 1-7
Game 1
NSU 000 000 010 – 1 3 1
USM 100 200 20x – 5 8 0

W – Hunter Stanley (1-0). L – Johnathan Harmon (0-1). S – Aubrey Gillentine (1). 2B – NSU, Cameron Horton. USM, Gabe Montenegro, Christopher Sargent, Slade Wilks, Dustin Dickerson. HR – NSU, Kendall Foster (1). USM, DJ Lynch (1). Highlights: USM, Montenegro 2-3, 2B, RBI; Lynch HR, 2 RBIs.

Game 2
NSU 113 001 001 – 7 12 0
USM 000 000 100 – 1 2 0

W – Alex Makarewich (1-0). L – Chandler Best (0-1). 2B – NSU, Cam Sibley, Marshall Skinner, Hilton Brown, Peyton Davis. USM, Reece Ewing. HR – NSU, Kendall Foster (2). Highlights: NSU, Sibley 2-4, RBI; Daunte Stuart 2-4; Skinner 3-5, 2B, 2 RBIs; Foster 2-4, HR, 2 RBIs.

Records: Northwestern State 1-1; Southern Miss 1-1.

Photo: Joe Harper/Southern Miss Athletics