Baseball Drops Game Three At Southern Miss, 9-4
May 5, 2002
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Memphis baseball dropped a 9-5 decision to Southern Miss at Pete Taylor Park on Friday night. With the win, the Golden Eagles completed a three-game sweep of the Tigers, while Memphis fell to 11th in the Conference USA standings.
Senior lefty Ryan O'Malley cruised through the first six innings, allowing just one run on three hits. After allowing his first run in the bottom of the first, O'Malley retired seven-consecutive Golden Eagles.
Meanwhile, the Tiger offense was playing solid fundamental baseball. Memphis scored two runs in the first inning thanks to a leadoff single by junior right fielder Paul Cookman, a sacrifice bunt by senior centerfielder Paul Reuer and back-to-back RBI singles from sophomore left fielder Josh Payne and freshman shortstop Brent Dlugach.
A sacrifice bunt from freshman second baseman Ryan Leach and a sac fly from Reuer scored junior designated hitter Justin Thomas to help the Tigers grab a 3-1 lead after two innings. Memphis added another run in the fifth for a 4-1 advantage.
Then came the seventh inning. After drawing a groundout to open the bottom of the seventh, O'Malley allowed two runs on three hits and was lifted with two outs and the Tigers clinging to a 4-3 lead. Five more Southern Miss runs scored in a seventh inning in which the Tigers trotted-out four different pitchers.
Payne, Cookman, Dlugach and Thomas each had two hits to pace the Tiger offense.
Memphis (15-28, 7-17) is back in action on Tuesday when the Tigers head to Jonesboro, Ark., to battle Arkansas State at 7 p.m.