Auburn stays alive with 17-8 win over USM

By John Zenor/The Associated Press

AUBURN, Ala. — Hunter Morris hit a grand slam, Trent Mummey homered and drove in five runs and Auburn beat Southern Miss 17-8 on Saturday to stay alive in the Tigers’ home regional.

Auburn (42-20) still had to beat Clemson later Sunday and again Monday to advance to a super regional.

The Golden Eagles (35-24) went 1-2 and allowed 33 runs after winning the Conference USA tournament.

Mummey hit a three-run shot in the fifth, doubled twice and walked. Casey McElroy had a three-run homer and Brian Fletcher added a solo shot for Auburn.

SEC player of the year Morris had three hits, including a double, and set Auburn’s single-season home run record with No. 23 in the fourth. Southern Miss led 6-5 before that blast easily cleared the right-field fence.