March 31, 2006
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Memphis (13-12, 2-2 C-USA) scored five runs on 15 hits, while Southern Miss (20-8, 3-1 C-USA) scored four runs on 10 hits and committed two errors.
McGregor (3-2) earned the win for the visiting Tigers, pitching nine innings, giving up four runs on 10 hits, striking out seven and walking two. Massey (5-1) suffered his first loss of the season, pitching four innings, giving up four runs, two earned, on eight hits, striking out two and walking two.
"Memphis outplayed us, out-pitched us, out-hit us and out-fielded us," Head Coach Corky Palmer said. "I thought that McGregor pitched well for them tonight. We played hard, but I give a lot of credit to Memphis as they played well and deserved to win the game."
K.K. Chalmers led Memphis' offense with three hits and one double, while Will Petersen added two hits, one home run and two RBIs.
Trey Sutton led Southern Miss' offense with three hits, Luke Adkins and Michael Ewing each added two hits, with Ewing also contributing a home run.
Memphis scored first with four runs in the third inning to take a 4-0 lead. Ben Grisham singled through the right side to lead off the inning, advanced to second on Cory Barton's single through the left side, and moved to third when Chalmers reached base on an error by third baseman Sutton.
With the bases loaded, Petersen hit an RBI single through the right side to score Grisham and moved Chalmers to second and Barton to third. Bill Moss then grounded out, but scored Barton and moved Chalmers to third. Kyle Norrid then hit an RBI single through the right side that scored Chalmers. Adam Amar then singled to third base to move Norrid to second, and Norrid scored on Joey Lieberman's RBI single to left field.
Southern Miss scored its first runs of the game in the sixth inning, contributing two to cut Memphis' lead to 4-2. Luke Adkins singled to second base, before Marc Maddox homered to right field to score two runs.
The Tigers responded with one run via solo shot to left field by Petersen in the top of the seventh inning to build their lead to 5-2.
The Golden Eagles answered in the bottom of the seventh inning with a bomb by Ewing that sailed over the right field wall to score one run to make the score 5-3.
Southern Miss added one run in the bottom of the eighth inning to cut the Tigers lead to 5-4. Adkins led off the inning with a double to right center, moved to third on Maddox's groundout to shortstop and scored on Sutton's RBI single.
Southern Miss and Memphis play the second game of the three-game weekend series on Saturday at 4 p.m.