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Baseball Downs New Orleans, 4-1

Feb. 21, 2007

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss received its second-straight day of outstanding pitching from a freshman as Jared Cavenaugh earned his first career win in his first career start, pitching 6.1 innings, giving up one run on six hits, walking one and striking out five to lead the Golden Eagles to a 4-1 win over New Orleans, today, at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in front of 2,614 in attendance.

Before gave up his final two hits, Cavenaugh retired nine of 11 batters from the fourth inning through the seventh innings. He retired his first four straight, before giving up two straight singles in the second inning. Then then struck out the next two batters to end the inning.

With today's win, the Golden Eagles (5-0) start out 5-0 for the first time since the 2002 season, when they started 5-0 before dropping a 9-7 decision to McNeese State.

Southern Miss scored four runs on 11 hits and committed one error, while New Orleans (2-5) scored one run on 10 hits and committed one error.

Sutton led the Golden Eagles with three hits, while Luke Adkins, Bailey Hartel and Chance Harst each finished with two hits. Ewing finished with a game-high two RBIs. Josh Tarnow led UNO with three hits, including a double and a triple, and Drew Anderson collected two hits.

JR Ballinger came on in relief of Cavenaugh in the seventh inning, pitching 1.1 innings, and giving up one hit. Patrick Ezell (2) earned his second save of the season, pitching the final 1.1 innings and giving up three hits.

Bryan Cryar (0-2) dropped his second decision of the season, pitching six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out three. David Burch came on relief on Cryar in the seventh inning, pitching 1.1 innings, giving up two runs on four hits, before Adam Campbell finished the last two outs with a strikeout.

Southern Miss took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Brian Dozier led off with a single to left field, advanced to second when Trey Sutton singled through the right side, advanced to third when Luke Adkins singled to right field and scored on wild pitch from Cryer.

The Golden Eagles extended their lead to 2-0 with a run in the sixth inning. Michael Ewing walked to lead off the inning, moved to second when Jody Blount grounded out to the pitcher and scored on Bailey Hartel's double to right center.

The Privateers cut the Golden Eagle lead in half with a run in the seventh inning. Josh Tarnow hit a one-out triple to center and scored on Nick Schwaner's single to left field.

Southern Miss tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to provide the final outcome, 4-1. Sutton reached on a two-out infield single to short and Adkins singled to center before Ewing doubled down the left field line to plate both Sutton and Adkins.

Southern Miss travels to Dothan, Ala., to participate in the Wiregrass Classic on Friday-Sunday, Feb. 23-25. The Golden Eagles face Georgia Southern on Friday at 2 p.m., Indiana on Saturday at 2 p.m., and Troy on Sunday at 2 p.m.

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