Feb. 28, 2007
HAMMOND, La. - Southern Miss scored single runs in the first, fourth, fifth and seventh innings and held off a Lion rally in the ninth inning to defeat Southeastern Louisiana, 4-2, tonight, at Alumni Field in front of 919 in attendance.
The Lions didn't go away without a fight in the ninth inning. Casey Summerlin reached on a one-out infield single to short and moved to second when Page Booker hit a single through the left side, putting runners on first and second. Ezell came on in relief of Jared Cavenaugh and on his first pitch fielded a grounder by Richard Imhoff and threw out Booker at second base. Dillon Suddeth then reached on a catcher's interference by Harst to load the bases, before the game ended when Xavier Quarles' long fly ball to the warning track in right center was caught by Golden Eagle right fielder Jody Blount.
Todd McInnis (2-0) earned his second win of the season, pitching six innings, giving up two runs on five hits, walking two and striking out five. Jared Cavenaugh pitched the next 2.1 innings, giving up four hits and striking out two. Patrick Ezell (3) earned his third save of the season, pitching the final two outs and not surrendering a hit.
Lion starter P.J. Treadaway (0-1), in his first start, dropped the decision, giving up three runs, one earned, on four hits, walking one and striking out five.
Trey Sutton led the Golden Eagles with two hits, two walks and RBI, while Brian Dozier, James Ewing, Michael Ewing and Chance Harst accounted for one hit each. Chase Burch and Casey Summerlin each finished with two hits to lead SLU offensively. Michael Ewing hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot to right center field.
Southern Miss (8-1) scored four runs on six hits and committed one error, while Southeastern Louisiana (9-3) scored two runs on nine hits and committed two errors.
The Golden Eagles took an early 1-0 in the first inning. Brian Dozier led off the first inning with a single up the middle, moved to second when Trey Sutton grounded out to third and scored when James Ewing reached on a two-base throwing error by shortstop Mitchell Haynes.
SLU tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Dillon Suddeth hit a one-out double to right center, advanced to third on a wild pitch by McInnis and scored on a double steal with Xavier Quarles taking second on the play.
The Lions scored a single run in the third inning to take a 2-1 lead. Richard Imhoff led off the winning with a single to left field, moved to second on McInnis' second wild pitch and advanced to third on Suddeth's sacrifice bunt to the pitcher and scored on the third wild pitch from McInnis.
Southern Miss tied the game at 2-2 with Michael Ewing's solo shot in the fourth inning, the Golden Eagles second of the season and second game in a row with a home run.
Southern Miss took a one-run lead in the fifth inning, 3-2. Drew Carson led off with a walk, reached second when Treadaway tried to field Harst's bunt attempt and fell down. Carson advanced to third when Brian Dozier's sacrifice bunt was fielded by Treadaway and he tried to retire Carson at third base and threw it high to load the bases. Lion pitcher Phil White came on in relief and walked Sutton to plate Carson from third.
The Golden Eagles scored their fourth run of the game in the seventh inning to provide the final outcome 4-2. Sutton beat out a throw from shortstop Scott Viator with two outs, moved to second on a wild pitch from white and scored on James Ewing's single through the left side.
Southern Miss hosts Louisiana-Lafayette for a three-game weekend series at "The Pete" on Friday-Sunday, March 3-5. Friday's game is at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday's and Sunday's games are at 1 p.m.