Press Release from SouthernMiss.com
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Jake Drehoff and James McMahon combined to limit Memphis to just five hits as Southern Miss blanked the Tigers 2-0 here Saturday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in Conference USA action.
The Golden Eagles (22-16 overall, 6-5 in C-USA) won the series and will look for the sweep as the two teams complete the set with a 1 p.m., contest Sunday.
Drehoff (6-1) did not allow a Tiger batter past second base until the seventh when he left the contest with the bases loaded and one out. McMahon came in and got two strikeouts to both pinch hitter T.J. Rich and Keaton Aldridge to get out of the biggest trouble for the Golden Eagles during the contest.
Drehoff retired 10 in a row at one point and finished the game by hurling 6 1/3 innings and giving up five hits and two walks with three strikeouts to earn the victory and improve his record to a team-best 6-1.
McMahon retired all eight batters he faced and fanned four to earn his third save of the year.
The Golden Eagles scored both of their runs in the second. Travis Creel led of the frame with a single to centerfield. After a sacrifice and single by Joe Martin to put runners on at the corners, Creel scored on a wild pitch and Dillon Day knocked home Martin with an infield single.
Southern Miss collected its 17th double-digit hit game of the season and Day led the way with three hits, while Creel and Martin had two each. The Golden Eagles also stole a season-high five base in the contest.
Memphis starter Sam Moll (4-4) went 6 2/3 innings and allowed two runs on 11 hits with a walk and five strikeouts to suffer the loss as the Tigers fell to 17-22 and 6-8.
The shutout was the fourth for the Golden Eagles in 2012.