David Napoli strong, Conor Fisk stronger as Southern Miss tops Tulane

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELDTulane left-hander David Napoli delivers to the plate during a March 17 game against UTSA at Turchin Stadium. Napoli gave up two runs on three hits in eight innings Sunday against Southern Miss, but the Golden Eagles won, 2-0.
Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELDTulane left-hander David Napoli delivers to the plate during a March 17 game against UTSA at Turchin Stadium. Napoli gave up two runs on three hits in eight innings Sunday against Southern Miss, but the Golden Eagles won, 2-0.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — A pitcher’s duel ensued Sunday afternoon between Tulane’s David Napoli and Southern Miss’ Conor Fisk.

Napoli was good. Fisk was just a little better, leading the Golden Eagles to a 2-0 win.

Napoli pitched eight solid innings to put Tulane (16-18, 4-5) in a position to win, but Fisk silenced the Green Wave bats by only allowing two hits on the afternoon. The win gave Southern Miss (13-17, 5-4) the weekend series after the Eagles defeated Tulane on Saturday afternoon.

On the day, Napoli (3-2) notched his first career complete game, striking out three and only allowing three hits in the losing effort. His complete-game loss is the second this season for the Green Wave, as fellow senior Alex Byo pitched his first career complete game in a losing effort to High Point on March 9.

Fisk (3-1) walked four and struck out three for Southern Miss.

However the bottom of the third was the only blemish on an otherwise perfect day from Napoli. The New Orleans native walked Andrew Furr to lead off, then hit Chase Fowler in the back, bringing up the top of the order with no outs. Connor Barron advanced both runners on a sacrifice bunt, and Creel brought both home on a two-run double to the right-center wall, giving Southern Miss a 2-0 lead.

Napoli didn’t allow another hit until the bottom of the fifth, when Furr singled to left-center.

Fisk struck out Brennan Middleton to start the top of the ninth before walking Blake Crohan. However, Fisk retired Brandon Boudreaux and Sean Potkay on fly balls to end the game.