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Southern Miss' C-USA Tournament Run Ends Against Memphis, 8-5

May 26, 2006

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HOUSTON, TX - With Southern Miss leading 4-1 after the second inning, Memphis notched one run in the third inning to trim the lead to two and scored four more runs in the fifth inning to retake the lead for good and would go on to take an 8-5 victory over the Golden Eagles Friday night and eliminate them from the tournament in front of a crowd of 2,268 at Reckling Park.

Southern Miss (38-21) scored five runs on 11 hits and committed one error, while Memphis (32-28) scored eight runs on 12 hits and committed two errors.

"This was a hard fought game by both teams," Head Coach Corky Palmer said. "We knew coming into the game that Memphis was a fine offensive ball club, though we shut them down last time. The game see-sawed back and forth, and the difference was that they got a big hit on us late."

Dusty Davis (4-1) earned the win for the Tigers, pitching 4.1 innings, giving up one run on six hits, striking out four and walking one. Cliff Russum suffered the loss for the Golden Eagles, pitching five innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, striking out two and walking two.

Southern Miss was led offensively by Trey Sutton who had one hit and two RBIs. The Tiger offense was led by Bill Moss with three hits, one double and one RBI and Adam Amar added one hit and four RBIs.

Memphis scored one run in the first inning to take the 1-0 lead when Moss hit an RBI double that scored K.K. Chalmers.

Southern Miss bounced back in the second inning with four runs to take over the lead, 4-1. With the bases loaded, Jody Blount dropped a single into center field to plate Michael Ewing and reload the bases with no outs. Bo Davis was then walked to bring home Kevin Coker for the second run of the game and keep the bases loaded. After Brian Dozier grounded into a double play, Sutton hit a two-out RBI double that scored both Drew Carson and Blount.

Memphis notched one run in the third inning to make the score 4-2 when Amar reached base on a fielder's choice that plated Will Petersen.

The Tigers scored four runs in the fifth inning to retake the lead, 6-4, behind Amar's three-run double that scored Moss, Chalmers and Cory Barton and Robbie Goss' RBI single that scored Amar.

An RBI single by Marc Maddox in the sixth inning scored Davis to trim the Tigers lead to 6-5.

Memphis scored two runs in the eighth inning to increase its lead to 8-5, as both Barton and Chalmers registered RBI singles that scored Goss and Murray, respectively.

In the other elimination game of the day, No. 3 seed Tulane defeated No. 6 East Carolina, 2-1 and will face No. 2 seed Houston on Saturday at 9 a.m. Memphis meets No. 1 seed Rice in the second game at 12:30 p.m.

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