May 6, 2007
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Michael Ewing and Luke Adkins finished with three hits and two RBIs, and David Clark pitched seven innings, giving up one earned run on seven hits and striking out four batters to lead Southern Miss to a 9-2 win over Marshall, today, at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in front of 3,026 in attendance.
With today's win, the Golden Eagles (30-19, 11-10 C-USA) has won seven of their last eight conference games and earned their first conference sweep of the season and second sweep overall. This was the first weekend that all three starting pitchers recorded wins for the Golden Eagles.
This also marks the first time since the first conference game of the season that Southern Miss had more wins than losses in the conference. The Golden Eagles have won 30 or more games in 21 of the past 22 seasons.
Clark (6-4) earned his sixth win of the season, pitching seven innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on seven hits and striking out four batters. He becomes the third weekend pitcher to earn six wins on the season, as Ryan Belanger and Barry Bowden recorded their sixth wins this weekend. Tyler Conn pitched one inning, giving up one hit and one walk. Patrick Ezell pitched the final inning and registered two strikeouts.
Tommy Johnson led Marshall with two hits and six other players finished with one hit and Mason Chapman collected the only RBI for the Herd.
Marshall starter Jeremy Slone (3-3) was credited with his third loss of the season, giving up seven runs on 13 hits and walking one batter. Nick Wolle pitched the final 1.1 innings, giving up two unearned runs on three hits and striking out two batters.
Southern Miss scored nine runs on 16 hits and committed three errors, while Marshall (19-26, 4-13 C-USA) scored two runs on eight hits and committed four errors.
The Golden Eagles took a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Michael Ewing doubled to left field and scored on Luke Adkins' double to left field. Carson singled to left field to plate Adkins and scored on Burger's single to left field.
Marshall dented the scoreboard with a run in the fifth inning. Matt Helm reached on a two-out error by first baseman Sutton, stole second, advanced to third on Chapman's single down the third base line and scored on Brit Vincent's line drive single off of Clark's glove.
Southern Miss answered with a run in the bottom of the inning to extend its lead to 4-1. Sutton singled through the left side, stole second and scored on Michael Ewing's single through the right side.
The Thundering Herd scored another run in the seventh inning to cut the Southern Miss lead to 4-2. Blake Sanders doubled to center field, advanced to third on Helm's sacrifice grounder to third base and scored on Chapman's fly to left field.
The Golden Eagles struck for three runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 7-2 lead. Sutton tripled down the left field line and scored on Dozier's single to left field. Blount singled through the left side to plate Dozier. An errant throw by Sanders allowed Blount to advance to third. Michael Ewing ground out to first base to score Blount for the third run of the inning.
Southern Miss scored two more runs in the eighth inning to provide the final outcome, 9-2. Chris Matesich reached on a throwing error by Sanders, moved to second on Sutton's ground out to short, advanced to third on a throwing error by Wolle and scored on Blount's infield single to short. Blount moved to second on Michael Ewing's single to second base and scored on Adkins' single up the middle.
The Golden Eagles host Dallas Baptist in a three-game weekend series at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field on Saturday, May 12, and Sunday, May 13. A doubleheader will be played on Saturday, starting at 3 p.m., and a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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