Golden Eagles Down Herd, 17-4, To Complete Sweep
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Mississippi's offense scored 17 runs on 17 hits to finish off the sweep of the Thundering Herd baseball team, taking game three by a 17-4 score on Sunday afternoon.
Marshall (0-6) found itself in an early hole as Southern Mississippi (3-0) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Golden Eagle 2B Trey Sutton led off the inning with a triple down the right field line. The next batter, Chris Matesich, hit into a fielder's choice to score the run.
The Herd's much-improved offense fought back to take its first lead of the game in the top of the second inning. Catcher Rich Russell (Toronto, Ont.) led off the inning with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a fielder's choice. Up next was Joe Glevenyak (West Palm Beach, FL), who doubled to left field to score Russell. Brad Helm (Downingtown, PA) followed that up with another double, this one to right to bring in Glevenyak and give the Herd a 2-1 lead.
Southern Miss. came back and opened things up in the bottom of the third, tagging MU starter Brian Knippelmeyer (Lincoln, NE) for six runs in the inning. After the first two batters of the inning walked, Golden Eagle Brad Willcutt drove a Knippelmeyer pitch out of the park, over the left field fence for a three-run home run. After the next two batters reached base, Beau Griffin hit a sacrifice fly to bring in the fourth run of the inning and Drew Carson followed that up with another home run, a two-run shot, to give Southern Miss. a 7-2 lead.
Bubba Pfaff (Florence, CO) cut USM's lead down to four, opening up the next inning with a solo home run to right field. The momentum was short-lived, however, as the Golden Eagles scored four more runs in the bottom of the fourth off of reliever Jeremy Slone (Paintsville, KY). Marc Maddox led the inning off with a single, and scored when Brad Willcutt reached base on an Adam Frederick (Franklin, PA) error. After the next two batters reached, Jason Lowery recorded the second three-run home run of the day for the Golden Eagles to make it an 11-4 game.
In the bottom of the fifth, freshman Andrew Hancock (Ashland, KY) was brought in to relieve, but did not do much better, giving up a two-run home run to USM 1B Marc Maddox. The USM offense tagged Hancock again in the sixth, scoring three more runs on a home run by Beau Griffin to make it a 16-4 game. Glevenyak scored the fourth run for the Herd after hitting a solo home run in the top of the sixth.
Brendon Bump (Lawrence, KS) entered the game in the bottom of the sixth, getting the final two outs of the inning. He allowed one run in the seventh, before retiring the side in the eighth. The Herd offense went down in order in the ninth as the Golden Eagles finished off the sweep.
Knippelmeyer took the loss for MU, dropping to 0-2 on the season. He went 2 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs.
For the Herd, Jamieson and Glevenyak had two hits while five others had one hit each.
Baseball will be back in action next weekend, traveling to Jacksonville, Alabama to take on Jacksonville State. The three-game series is set to start Friday at 3 p.m. with Saturday's game starting at 2 p.m. and the finale slated to start at 1 p.m. on Sunday.