March 30, 2002
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Mississippi starter Bob McCrory scattered eight hits and four runs over eight innings of work as the Golden Eagles took an 8-4 win over the fifth-ranked University of Houston baseball team on Saturday in the middle game of a Conference USA series at Pete Taylor Park.
McCrory, who improved to 3-1, struck out five batters in recording his third straight win. Brian Hurley threw one inning of hitless relief to collect his third save of the year.
Michael Bourn went 2-for-3 to lead all Cougar hitters while Chris Snyder and Daron Bertillion added two RBIs apiece in the losing effort. Brad Willcutt and Jarrett Hoffpauir led USM with two hits each while Jeff Cook topped all players with three RBIs.
The Cougars took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on Daron Bertillion's two-out, two-RBI single. Hyung Cho started the rally with a two-out single through the right side and moved to third base on Brett Cooley's looping single to left field. After Cooley moved into scoring position on the throw from the outfield, Bertillion laced a McCrory offering into right field.
USM struck for a run in the bottom of the inning when Brad Willcutt ripped a Whatley pitch over the left center field wall. The Golden Eagles then took the lead in the third inning on Jeff Cook's three-run home run to left center.
In the bottom of the inning, the Golden Eagles regained the lead with a pair of runs of their own. Matt Shepherd laced a two-out double down the right field line, allowing Bobby Garner to score from first base, and Carlos Velasquez plated Shepherd with a looping single into shallow right center field for a 6-4 USM lead.
Jason Lowery's two-RBI single in the eighth inning capped the Golden Eagle scoring for the day.
The series wraps up at 1 p.m. Sunday. Fans can hear the action live on KGBC Radio 1540 AM or through the Internet at www.kgbcradio.cc.
Sophomore righthander Gene Flores will start on the mound for UH in the series finale. This season, Flores has posted a 2-2 record with 35 strikeouts and a 5.59 ERA in 37.0 innings.