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.