Feb. 18, 2006
MOBILE, Ala. - The Southern Miss offense scored six runs in the first four innings and the pitching of Brad Owen and Ryan Belanger held Stetson to one run en route to a 6-1 victory in the second day of the Coca-Cola Classic hosted by South Alabama, tonight, at Stanky Field.
"The big four spot in the fourth inning was huge, especially with the weather we played in tonight," Southern Miss Head Coach Corky Palmer said. "We weren't going to hit any out of the park or off the wall. Brad Owen pitched well and Ryan Belanger trailed and was really sharp for his first outing as a Division I pitcher. We pitched well and got enough hits to win the game.
"I think the whole key is that we are getting good pitching. If you can do that every time out you have a chance to win. We felt that we had to have good pitching this year, because we lost so much fire power from last year. We just hope we can continue to receive good pitching."
Owen (1-0) pitched six strong innings to pick up his first win of the season, giving up one run on six hits, walking one and striking out three. Ryan Belanger (1) picked up a save in his first appearance in a Southern Miss uniform, pitching the final three innings, giving up one hit, walking one and striking out six. Stetson starter Brett Murphy (0-2) took the loss, pitching 3.2 innings, giving up six runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out two.
Southern Miss (3-0) scored six runs on 10 hits and committed one error, while Stetson (2-4) finished with one run on seven hits. Trey Sutton finished with three hits to lead the Golden Eagles and collected an RBI, while Michael Ewing and Bo Davis each had two hits and Davis had two RBIs. Seven different Stetson players each had one hit.
The Golden Eagles took an early 2-0 lead in the second inning. Kevin Coker hit a one-out single to left center, moved to second on Michael Ewing's single to left field and then both scored on Bo Davis' triple to right center.
The Golden Eagles scored four more runs in the fourth inning to take a 6-0 lead. Bo Davis hit a two-out single to left field, moved to second when David Steele walked and scored on Dozier's single through the right side. Toddric Johnson singled to center field to score Steele, moved to third on Sutton's single through the right side and scored on a wild pitch.
The Hatters scored their only run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Chris Johnson led off the inning with a single through the left side, advanced to third on Adam Tindle's double to right center and then scored on Brian Pruitt's single up the middle.
Southern Miss faces tournament host South Alabama on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The game can be heard on Rock 104.5-FM, WXRR in Hattiesburg or on SouthernMiss.com.
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