April 9, 2011
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - T.J. Rich homered twice and drove in six runs to lead Memphis to a 16-8 Conference USA baseball victory over No. 14 Southern Miss for the second straight day here Saturday afternoon at FedExPark.
The Golden Eagles (22-8 overall, 5-3 C-USA) lost for the third consecutive time as five USM pitchers gave up season highs for runs and hits (18).
Rich finished the day with a 4-for-5 outing including a three-run and a two-run homer to give him five for the campaign. Jacob Wilson added three hits and four RBI, while Chad Zurcher added a pair of hits and two RBI.
Adam Doleac and Kameron Brunty each had three hits to lead the Golden Eagles. Southern Miss started early with four first-inning runs, but Memphis quickly scored three runs in the bottom of the frame and went on to score in six different innings.
Southern Miss led 6-5 in the fourth, when the Tigers (19-11, 3-2) registered five hits in the inning to plate four runs including the go-ahead tally on an RBI single by Rich.
Golden Eagle starter Geoffrey Thomas went just three-plus innings to suffer the loss and fall to 6-2. Thomas allowed nine runs on nine hits with five walks and two strikeouts.
Tyler Farley came in of relief of Ryan Holland to start the fifth and limited the visitors to two runs on three hits with five strikeouts over the final five innings to garner the victory and improve to 1-0 on the season.
The only blemish was a two-run homer by Brunty in the eighth for his fourth of the campaign.
Southern Miss will try to salvage the final game of the series, Sunday, when the two teams meet for a 1 p.m. contest.
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