No. 12 Southern Miss Tops Memphis 10-5 In C-USA Baseball Action
April 17, 2004
Hattiesburg, Miss. -
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 16, 2004 No. 12 Southern Miss pounded out 14 hits as the Golden Eagles defeated Memphis 10-5 to clinch their fifth Conference-USA series win of the season Saturday at Pete Taylor Park. Memphis (17-14, 6-8 C-USA) batters tallied 13 hits of their own, but the Golden Eagles (29-7, 12-2 C-USA) drove in eight of their runs with two-out hits to secure the victory.
Junior Brent Dlugach, who was one of four Tigers with a pair of hits, extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a two-out double in the first. Catcher Kurt Welch, first baseman Adam Amar and designated hitter Ryan Martin also had two hits for Memphis. Jason Lowery led USM with three hits.
USM mounted its first two-out attack in the first when Jarrett Hoffpauir kept the inning alive with a two-out infield single. The next three Golden Eagle hitters came through with hits capped off by a two-run homer to left by Brad Wilcutt.
The Tigers loaded the bases in the second and for the first time in the series got a big two-out hit. Chad House blooped single into leftfield to score a pair of runs and cut the lead to 4-2. Memphis battled back to even the game in the third on a RBI-single by Amar which was followed by a RBI-triple by Martin. It was Martin's first action in more than a month after missing 21 games with a back injury.
With two outs in the fourth, Hoffpauir delivered a two-run single up the middle after a wild pitch by Memphis starter Derek Hankins moved runners to second and third.
A solo home run by Martin in the fifth put the Tigers back within a run at 6-5, but the Golden Eagles added three more runs in the bottom half of the inning. A RBI-double by Lowery was followed with a two-run homer off the bat of Beau Griffin that gave USM a 9-5 advantage.
USM added a run in the sixth as Nathan Sanders crossed the plate on a wild pitch by Tiger reliever Michael Novarese. Sanders doubled with two outs for his first hit of the season.
Golden Eagle reliever Daniel Best (3-2) limited Memphis to a run on four hits over the final 5.2 innings of the contest to pick up the win. Hankins (4-4) took the loss after surrendering six earned runs on eight hits.
The series finale between the Tigers and Golden Eagles is set for 1 p.m Sunday. It can be heard live locally in Memphis on WUMR 91.7 FM.