Baseball Crushed by Southern Miss, 13-3
April 2, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
Southern Miss (21-5; 6-2 C-USA) 000 622 021 - 13 20 3 MEMPHIS (8-16; 2-6 C-USA) 000 020 001 - 3 8 3
Southern Miss exploded for six runs in the fourth inning to break open a scoreless game en route to handing Memphis a 13-3 loss in Conference USA action at Nat Buring Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Golden Eagles extend their winning streak to nine games, while the Tigers drop their third straight contest.
A two-out rally by USM was ignited by a single off the bat of Beau Griffin. Consecutive infield singles by Jacob Fowler and Kevin Coker loaded the bases for Chris Matesich. Matesich roped a triple, just out of the reach of rightfielder Collin Bastien. Matesich scored on an errant throw in an attempt to throw him out at third. Trey Sutton knocked a two-run home run to cap the scoring.
An RBI-double to left by Griffin and a Tiger fielding error allowed USM to go ahead 8-0.
Memphis fought back for a pair of scores in the home half of the fifth. Cory Barton led off the frame with a walk and moved to second on a sac bunt by Bastien. Patrick Hope, who finished the day with three hits, then lined a single to left. A catcher's interference error by USM catcher Coker allowed K.K. Chalmers to reach base and load the bases for Memphis. The Tigers got on the board when Chad House was hit by a pitch, and Jordan Tolliver lifted a sacrifice fly to left to score Hope to cut the USM lead to 8-2.
Consecutive singles by Marc Maddox and Sutton preceded an RBI-single by Brad Willcutt. Sutton extended the Golden Eagles lead to 10-2 when he scored on a fielder's choice by Griffin.
The eighth inning saw Jody Blount and Griffin post consecutive doubles to go up 11-2. Coker drew a bases loaded walk to make it a 10-run game. USM tacked on a run in the ninth and Memphis responded with a run of it's own on a single by Chalmers to end all scoring.
Southern Miss southpaw Matt Caire (4-1) came one strike away from posting the Golden Eagles second straight complete game before being relieved by John Nicholas. Caire earned the win going eight and two-thirds innings and giving up three runs on eight hits. One Memphis run was earned against Caire.
Memphis starter Nick Bradshaw (1-1) was hooked with the loss after a tough outing that saw him hold USM scoreless through three and two-thirds innings. He finished the afternoon with a four-inning outing and gave up six runs on 10 hits.
Pat Hope was the lone Tiger to have multiple hits. Five Southern Miss hitters, led by Griffin's four hits and three RBI, recorded at least two hits in a 20-hit attack.
Memphis will try to avoid a sweep in the series finale, which is set for a 1 p.m. first pitch at the "Nat" on Sunday.