March 1, 2006
HAMMOND, La. - Freshman shortstop Brian Dozier hit a two-out triple to right center to plate Chris Matesich on second base to lead Southern Miss to an 8-7 victory, tonight, over Southeastern Louisiana at Alumni Field in front of 942.
"I really like these freshmen, they have come up big for us at times this season," said Southern Miss Head Baseball Coach Corky Palmer. "(Brian) Dozier had a big-time hit with two outs in the ninth inning that led us to the victory.
"Also, I can't say enough about Daniel Best. That is why he is an All-American. He came into the game in the eighth inning with a lot of pressure on him once again and did the job for us. I am also proud of the way Patrick Ezell pitched tonight. His pitches were moving, and he was throwing well and keeping the batters guessing."
Best (1-0) earned his first win of the season, pitching the final two innings, giving up one hit and striking out two. Starter Patrick Ezell pitched 6.2 innings, giving up six unearned runs on six hits, walking one and striking out six. Southeastern Louisiana relief pitcher Matt Greenwich (1-1) took the loss, pitching the last two innings, giving up one run on one hit, walking one and striking out one.
Southern Miss (7-2) scored eight runs on 10 hits and committed two errors, while Southeastern Louisiana (6-3) scored seven runs on nine hits and committed three errors.
The Golden Eagles took a 4-0 lead on Marc Maddox's two-out grand slam homer in the second inning, after Trey Cuevas, Toddric Johnson and Bo Davis were all walked.
Southeastern Louisiana came back with four runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. Kyle Ginn led off with a one-out single through the left side, advanced to second when Dillon Suddeth reached on a fielding error by Maddox and the bases were loaded when Ricky Newman was hit by a pitch. Ty Summerlin flew out to left field to score Ginn, and Richard Imhoff homered to left center to plate three more runs.
The Golden Eagles scored three runs in the fifth inning to take a 7-4 lead. Luke Adkins singled to right field to lead off the inning, moved to second when Kevin Coker grounded out to the pitcher on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Cuevas' single through the left side. Trey Sutton singled to right center to send Cuevas to third and then Cuevas scored on Dozier's single to center. Johnson singled to center to score Sutton for the third run of the inning.
The Lions scored three runs in the seventh inning to tie the score once again at 7-7. Summerlin reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to second on Imhoff's infield single to short, moved to third when Jason Waguespack walked and then all three scored when Bryan Frichter cleared the bases with a triple to right center.
Southern Miss returns home for a three-game weekend series against Illinois State at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field on Friday-Sunday, March 3-5. Friday's game starts at 6:30 p.m., Saturday's at 1 p.m., and Sunday's at noon.