Baseball Overpowered by Southern Miss, 7-1
April 1, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Southern Miss (20-5; 5-2 C-USA) 000 131 101 - 7 7 0 MEMPHIS (8-15; 2-5 C-USA) 000 000 100 - 1 7 3
Brad Willcutt belted a fifth-inning three-run home run and added a solo shot in the seventh, while Mike Cashion dealt a complete-game gem to lead Southern Miss past Memphis, 7-1 in the Conference USA series opener between the two institutions.
Cashion picked up his second straight complete game win against Memphis after shutting the Tigers out 13-0 in the elimination game of the 2004 C-USA Tournament. The righthander held Memphis scoreless for a combined 13 consecutive innings dating back to that game.
A balk by Memphis starter Neil Schenk brought in USM's first run of the night, but the big blow came in the fifth inning. Chris Matesich and Marc Maddox each drew walks. Willcutt then blasted the first of his two homers to give the Golden Eagles a 4-0 lead.
A sacrifice fly by Jody Blount, in the sixth, followed by Willcutt's second homer put USM ahead comfortably at 6-0.
USM posted its final tally in the ninth on a throwing error by Memphis.
Cashion picked up his fourth win of the year, while Schenk fell to 0-3 with the loss.
Offensively, Ryan Martin led Memphis with a 2-for-4 night. He and Willcutt were the only two players on either team to record multiple hits.
Memphis and Southern Miss will play game two of the series on Sat., Apr. 2 at the "Nat". First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.