May 18, 2007
HOUSTON, Texas - For the second night in a row, Southern Miss recorded its second shutout with Barry Bowden only giving up six hits, one walk and striking out seven batters to lead the Golden Eagles to a 4-0 win over Houston, tonight, at Cougar Field in front of 1,011 in attendance.
With the win, Southern Miss collects its 36th win of the season. The shutout marked the first time in school history that the Golden Eagles had back-to-back conference shutouts. It also marked the first time they had back-to-back shutouts twice in the same season. This also marked the sixth shutout this season, bested only by eight shutouts in 1995.
Even though there are several conference seeding scenarios that can happen after tomorrow's games are played, Southern Miss can finish as high as second place and can't finish lower than fourth place.
Bowden (7-3) recorded his second career complete-game. His first was at East Carolina on April 28. In tonight's game, he recorded five-straight outs, before giving up his first hit. He registered five more outs, before giving up another hit in the fourth inning. He gave up two hits in each of the fifth and sixth innings. He also retired the Cougars in order in three different innings and for the second-straight game, a Houston batter never reached third base.
Wes Musick (6-4) was credited with the loss, pitching 6.2 innings, giving up four runs on 12 hits, walking one and striking out four batters.
Trey Sutton and Brian Dozier led the Golden Eagles with three hits each. Michael Ewing and Keith Winstead each finished with two hits. Dozier hit his third home run of the season, a solo shot in the second inning. Keith Winstead hit his third home run of the season, a solo shot in the seventh inning. Houston had six players finish with one hit each.
Southern Miss (36-19, 13-10 Conference USA) scored four runs on 14 hits, while Houston (28-25, 12-11 C-USA) finished with six hits and committed one error.
The Golden Eagles scored first with a single run in the first inning. Sutton led off the game with a double to left field and scored on Blount's one-out double down the left field line.
Southern Miss added their second run in the second inning to extend their lead to 2-0. Winstead blasted a solo homer to right field, his third of the season.
The Golden Eagles added another run to their lead in the sixth inning. Winstead hit a two-out double to left center and scored on Chris Matesich's single through the left side.
Southern Miss extended its lead to 4-0 in the seventh inning. Dozier led off the inning with a solo homer to left field.
The final regular season game will be played between Southern Miss and Houston on Saturday at Cougar Field. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.