No. 23 Southern Miss Eliminates Memphis From C-USA Tournament
May 28, 2004
HOUSTON - No. 23 Southern Miss defeated Memphis 13-0 in seven innings to eliminate the Tigers from the Conference USA Baseball Tournament Friday at Cougar Field. Golden Eagle starter Mike Cashion fanned a career-high eight in a three-hit shutout and second baseman Jarrett Hoffpauir had three hits and four RBI as USM dealt the Tigers' (29-28) their second loss of the tournament.
Southern Miss (42-16) put two runs on the board in the first on a RBI-double by Jarrett Hoffpauir and a bloop single by Brad Wilcutt. Cashion held Memphis off the scoreboard in the opening frame for the first time in the tournament.
The Golden Eagles added a run to their lead in the second on a RBI-double by Beau Griffin to the gap in the right-center. Memphis reliever Michael Novarese entered the contest after a bloop single by Matt Shepherd and retired Marc Maddox on a fly out to right. Shepherd was thrown out trying to steal second on a pitch in the dirt.
After 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, Novarese surrendered a three-run homer to Hoffpauir and a two-run homer to USM designated hitter Ryan Frith that put the Golden Eagles ahead 8-0 in the fifth. USM extended its lead to 13-0 on five unearned runs in the sixth. Leftfielder Carlos Velazquez belted a two-out grand slam in the inning.
Leftfielder Chad House had a single in the sixth to finish the tournament with a team-high six hits. Senior Kyle Scott doubled in the third to post the Tigers' first hit off Cashion. Catcher Kurt Welch also singled and had a pair of assists, including throwing out his seventh-consecutive attempted base stealer.
Griffin and Maddox each had two hits for the Golden Eagles and Cashion improved to 3-3 with the shutout. Gostkowski took the loss after allowing three runs on four hits in 1.1 innings of work.
The Tigers concluded their season with 29 wins marking the most for the team and the program's first winning season since the 2001 season.