April 30, 2006
CHARLESTON, W. Va. -
Cliff Russum collected his second complete game of the season behind a one-hit, six strikeout performance in the Golden Eagles 5-0 shutout victory against The Thundering Herd in the series finale on Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 189 at Appalachian Power Park.
Russum registered 29 pitches in the last four innings, retired 16 out of 18 batters and recorded only two walks during that period, with one in the fifth and one in the ninth. The shutout of Marshall marks the first shutout since Southern Miss defeated Tulane, 10-0, on April 24, 2005.
Southern Miss (31-16, 7-8 C-USA) scored five runs on 10 hits, while Marshall (19-21, 6-12 C-USA) was held scoreless with one hit and committed one error.
Russum (5-4) earned the complete game nine inning shutout victory, allowing one hit, striking out six and walking four. Chris Koutsavlis (6-4) took the loss, pitching seven innings, giving up five runs on nine hits, striking out five and walking five.
Drew Carson led the Golden Eagle offense with two hits, one home run and two RBIs, while Bo Davis, Marc Maddox and Trey Sutton each added two hits.
Adam Ptacek claimed the only hit of the day for the Thundering Herd.
Southern Miss jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning. Jody Blount hit an RBI single that scored Maddox to set up Carson who launched a two-run homer over the left field wall.
The Golden Eagles scored two more runs in the fifth inning to create a 5-0 hold on the Thundering Herd. A sacrifice fly by Davis that scored Blount, followed immediately by an RBI bunt by Sutton that scored Carson, contributed the final two runs of the game for Southern Miss.
Southern Miss returns home to host East Carolina in a C-USA weekend series, May 5-7.