HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - USM Press Release
Kirk McCarty threw a complete-game shutout and Michael Gilbert and Chase Scott each homered to lead No. 18 Southern Miss over UAB 11-0 in seven innings at Young Memorial Field Sunday afternoon.
The Golden Eagles (27-10 overall, 12-3 C-USA) salvaged the final game of the league series from UAB after dropping the first two games. Southern Miss jumped back into a first-place tie with Rice with the two teams meeting next weekend in Hattiesburg. It was the third run-rule game for the Golden Eagles in league action this season.
Jake Sandlin doubled twice and Nick Dawson added a couple of hits to lead the nine-hit Southern Miss attack.
It was McCarty, though, that limited the Blazers (14-22, 6-9) to three hits and three walks with seven strikeouts to earn the victory and improve to 3-0 on the year. The sophomore left-hander retired the final six batters of the contest, keeping UAB off-balanced the entire day.
Southern Miss jumped out early to take the lead in the contest.
After UAB pitcher Adam Lamar got a flyout to start the game, Sandlin doubled and Tim Lynch was hit by a pitch for the first of three times during the day. Scott then homered for the sixth time this season over the leftfield wall to give the Golden Eagles a 3-0 advantage.
Lamar got chased from the game in the second as he allowed three runs on three hits with a walk to suffer the loss and fall to 3-3.
Michael Gilbert increased the Golden Eagles' advantage in the third as he collected his first career home run, a grand slam, scoring Lynch, who led off the frame by being hit by a pitch, Tracy Hadley, who reached on a fielding error on a bunt, and Scott, who walked.
Sandlin added his second double of the contest in the fifth to knock in a run, before Hadley drove in a run after he was hit by a pitch to make the score 9-0.
The Golden Eagles added a run in the sixth on a RBI double by Dawson and then completed their scoring with a sacrifice fly by pinch hitter Claudio Rubiera in the seventh.
Southern Miss concludes its five-game road swing Tuesday with a game at Tulane. Game time is slated for 6:30 p.m.