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Southern Miss Sweeps East Carolina With 10-1 Victory In Sunday's Series Finale

May 7, 2006

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Golden Eagle baseball team completed the weekend sweep of the Pirates on Sunday, winning 10-1 behind Cliff Russum, who won his sixth game of the season, giving up one run on 11 hits and striking out two in front of a crowd of 3,063 at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.

Southern Miss (34-16, 10-8 C-USA) scored 10 runs on 15 hits, while East Carolina (28-20, 7-11 C-USA) scored one run on 11 hits and committed one error.

Russum (6-4) earned the win for the Golden Eagles, pitching seven innings, giving up one run on 11 hits, while striking out two. Dustin Sasser (4-6) took the loss for the Pirates, pitching 5.1 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, striking out two and walking two.

Kevin Coker led the Golden Eagle offense with three hits, one home run and two RBIs, while Luke Adkins and Marc Maddox each added two hits and two RBIs.

East Carolina was led offensively by Jake Smith with three hits.

Southern Miss scored two runs in the first inning, 2-0, taking its first early lead of the series. Coker drove in Maddox for an RBI single, and with the bases loaded, Bailey Hartel was walked to plate Jody Blount from third base for the second run of the inning.

Coker connected on a solo homer to left field in the fifth inning to increase the Golden Eagle lead to 3-0.

The Golden Eagles scored one run in the sixth inning to build their lead to 4-0 behind Brian Dozier's RBI single that scored Hartel.

Adkins added a run for Southern Miss with an RBI double that scored Johnson in the seventh inning to bring the score to 5-0.

East Carolina got on the board in the top of the eighth inning with a run when Ryan Wood grounded to third base to score Harrison Eldridge from third to make the score 5-1.

Southern Miss scored five more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to provide the final outcome, 10-1. Maddox recorded a two-run single that scored Dozier and Bo Davis, followed by a two-run homer over the right field wall by Johnson that scored Maddox, and Adkins hit an RBI double that scored Coker for the final run of the game.

Southern Miss next travels to New Orleans, La., for its final C-USA road series of the 2006 season against rival Tulane, May 12-14.

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