Southern Miss Defeats Birmingham Southern In Seven Innings, 13-3, In First Game of Sunday's Doubleheader
Toddric Johnson and Michael Ewing Lead Golden Eagles with Three Hits Each
Feb. 26, 2006
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss' Toddric Johnson and Michael Ewing finished with three hits each, including two doubles each, and Scott Massey pitched 6.2 innings and struck out five to lead the Golden Eagles to a 13-3 victory in game one of Sunday's doubleheader over Birmingham Southern, today, at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in front of 3,070.
Southern Miss (5-2) scored a season-high 13 runs on a season-high 15 hits and committed two errors, while Birmingham Southern (2-2) scored three runs on seven hits and committed three errors.
Massey (2-0) collected the win, giving up three runs on seven hits, striking out a season-high five batters and only walking one. David Horne (0-1) took the loss for the visiting Panthers, pitching in two innings, giving up eight runs, six unearned, on seven hits, striking out one, while walking five.
Johnson and Ewing led the Golden Eagle offense with three hits each. Both players also added two doubles, one RBI and one run scored. Luke Adkins, in his first game back since the season opener against Nicholls State when he tweaked his hamstring, finished with two hits in five plate appearances, including his second home run of the season and drove in two runs.
The Panther offense was led by Scott Billak with a team-high two hits. Blake Burton and Casey Bond each added an RBI.
Birmingham Southern scored one run in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. With runners on first and third with two outs, Billak scored from third when Blake Burton was out on a steal attempt to end the inning.
Southern Miss answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning that would put the Golden Eagles ahead, 4-1. With the bases loaded, Johnson scored from third when Burton tried to pick him off of third and hit him in the ankle with the throw. Adkins hit an RBI single to center field that scored Trey Sutton, giving the Golden Eagles a 2-1 lead. Kevin Coker reached on a fielder's choice that scored Marc Maddox, increasing the lead to 3-1. Jody Blount hit an RBI single into center field that scored Coker, bringing the total to 4-1.
Birmingham Southern cut the Southern Miss lead to 4-2 on Casey Bond's solo homer to right center field in the second inning.
The Golden Eagles added three more runs in second inning to build a 7-2 lead. Bo Davis reached on a push bunt up the first base line and moved to third on a fielder's choice grounder by Sutton. With runners on first and third, a wild pitch scored Davis, and Sutton advanced to second, increasing the lead to 5-2. Then Maddox was walked, moved to second on Adkins ground out to first, and he and Sutton scored when Coker reached base on a throwing error by the pitcher, giving the Golden Eagles a 7-2 advantage.
The Panthers scored their final run in the third inning to cut the Golden Eagle lead to 7-3. Mark Goforth walked to start the inning and advanced to third off a Billy Froelich ground out to first. Burton singled to left center field to score Goforth.
Southern Miss scored one run in the bottom of the third, increasing the lead to 8-3. Blount walked, moved to second base on Brian Dozier's bunt single and to third when . Johnson was walked to load the bases. Bo Davis hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Blount to increase the lead to 8-3.
Southern Miss increased their lead to 9-3 in the fourth inning when Adkins blasted a solo shot to right field.
The Golden Eagles added three runs in the sixth inning to increase their lead to 12-3. Coker was hit by a pitch and advanced to third off a double by Michael Ewing. Coker scored off of Blount's ground out to shortstop, and Ewing moved to third, as the Golden Eagle lead increased to 10-3. Dozier doubled off the right center wall to score Ewing, giving Southern Miss another run, 11-3. Johnson knocked in Dozier off a double down the right field line, giving the Golden Eagles a 12-3 lead.
Southern Miss scored its final run in the seventh inning, giving the Golden Eagles a 13-3 victory due to the 10-run rule. Adkins reached base on a fielder's choice. before Brett Hoeflich entered the game to pinch run. Hoeflich advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored off a Ewing's double down the right field line for the final run.