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Kirk McCarty gets roughed up in his first start for Southern Miss

Kirk McCarty walks back to the mound after giving up a hit to UNO. Photo by Daniel Brown. Kirk McCarty walks back to the mound after giving up a hit to UNO. Photo by Daniel Brown.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Southern Miss baseball (3-1) dropped their first game of the season in a 7-6 loss to the University of New Orleans Thursday evening and a big factor was that USM freshman pitcher Kirk McCarty got roughed up in the first start of his collegiate career.

"I think more than anything he missed across the plate a little bit and up, and in Division-I with these new guys and young guys, they have to learn that you can't pitch up in the zone with Division-I hitters," head coach Scott Berry said.

The former Oak Grove Warrior gave up nine hits to UNO (1-3) in 4 1/3 IP for three earned runs to go along with three strikeouts and a walk.

While it wasn't the beginning Berry envisioned for his lefty hurler he believes McCarty has a bright future in a Golden Eagles uniform.

"He's a very competitive young man. We're happy to have him out there and he's certainly going to play into what happens this spring with us."

Next up for the USM is a road trip to play North Florida (2-2) in Pensacola, Fla. at Bayfront Stadium, Friday.

The game gets started for 7 p.m. and can be viewed on Cox Sports Television.


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