April 2, 2006
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Memphis hit five home runs, including two by Joey Lieberman, in its 15-6 victory over Southern Miss Sunday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in front of 3,551.
Memphis (14-13, 3-3 C-USA) scored 15 runs on 15 hits and committed one error, while Southern Miss (21-9, 4-2 C-USA) scored six runs on 11 hits and committed two errors.
Philip Utley (2-1) earned the win for the Tigers, pitching five innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on eight hits, striking out one and walking three. Cliff Russum (4-3) suffered the loss for the Golden Eagles, pitching 4.1 innings, giving up eight runs, seven earned, on six hits, striking out five and walking three.
"We didn't pitch well today, and if you don't pitch well, you don't win baseball games," Head Coach Corky Palmer said. "From our starters to our middle relievers, the only pitcher that looked like he had something on the ball was Bryan Adams. The only thing we can do now is get ready to play on Tuesday night."
Michael Murray led the Tigers offense with three hits and one double, while Lieberman added two hits, two home runs and five RBIs.
Memphis scored two runs in the top of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. Chalmers led off with a walk and stole second base. Kyle Norrid then walked before a wild pitch advanced Chalmers to third base and Norrid to second base. With two on, Adam Amar hit a two-run RBI double to right center field, scoring Chalmers and Norrid.
Southern Miss scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game at 2-2. Johnson singled to left center field and scored on Maddox's RBI triple. Michael Ewing then hit a sacrifice fly to score Maddox.
The Tigers scored two runs in the top of the second inning to retake the lead, 4-2. Murray led off the inning with a single to right center field, stole second base and advanced to third base on Alex Fennell's groundout to shortstop. Chalmers' was then walked and stole second. With runners on second and third, Will Petersen hit a two-run RBI single to score Murray and Chalmers.
The Golden Eagles tied the game again in the bottom of the second inning, scoring two runs to tie the game at 4-4. Bailey Hartel was hit by a pitch before Luke Adkins hit a two-run homer to left center field.
Lieberman hit a solo homer for Memphis in the top of the third inning to take a 5-4 lead.
Southern Miss tied the score for the third time in the bottom of the third inning, scoring a run to tie the score 5-5. Kevin Coker reached second base on a fielding error by center fielder Chalmers, moved to third when Jody Blount reached base on a fielder's choice and scored on a wild pitch.
Memphis notched four runs in the fifth inning to take a 9-5 lead. Petersen reached base on a fielding error by shortstop Brian Dozier and advanced to second on Bill Moss' single to third base. Amar then singled to shortstop to advance Moss to second and Petersen to third. With the bases loaded, Lieberman hit a grand slam to score Petersen, Moss and Amar.
The Tigers added another run in the sixth inning when Chalmers hit a solo shot to left center field that extended their lead to 10-5.
Memphis scored five more runs in the seventh inning to build their lead to 15-5. Murray led off with a single through the right side and moved to third on Ben Grisham's double to center field before Fennell hit a three-run homer to center field that scored Murray and Grisham. Chalmers was then hit by a pitch, stole second, moved to third when Petersen struck out but had to be tagged out and scored on Moss' RBI single to right field. Moss then advanced to second on a fielding error by catcher Coker, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Kyle Norrid's sacrifice fly.
Trey Cuevas hit a solo homer over the right center field in the seventh to provide the final outcome.
Southern Miss hosts Ole Miss at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss., on Tuesday, April 4, at 7:05 p.m. The game will be shown on the Fox/WB Network in the Jackson area.
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