Season-High Seven Home Runs Launch Southern Miss to 15-3 Victory Over Illinois State
March 5, 2006
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss hit seven home runs, led by Trey Cuevas' three, to defeat Illinois State, 15-3, today, in the series finale at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in front of 3,193.
Southern Miss (9-3) scored a season-high 15 runs on a season-high 17 hits and committed one error, while Illinois State (1-7) scored three runs on eight hits and committed two errors. The seven home runs by the Golden Eagles marked the most round trippers since April 11, 2004, when Southern Miss stroked nine long balls at Saint Louis.
David Clark, (1-0) taking the mound for the first time this season, earned win, pitching five innings of relief, giving up one run on three hits, walking three and striking out six. Starter Brad Owen pitched in one inning, giving up two runs on five hits. Dan Frega (0-3) took the loss for the visiting Redbirds, pitching one-third of an inning, giving up three runs on three hits.
Cuevas led the Golden Eagle offense with three hits and a career-high three home runs, a career-high five RBIs and a game-high four runs. Toddric Johnson added three hits, one triple, one home run and a season-high three RBIs. Michael Ewing also recorded three hits with one home run and one RBI. Seven Golden Eagles hit home runs with Cuevas hitting three and Adkins, Carson, Ewing and Johnson each recording one.
"We swung the bat great today, but you can't forget that David Clark pitched well today too," said Head Coach Corky Palmer. "Cuevas hit the ball well, as it's evident that he's got power, and we've got to find a spot for him, and a lot of other guys had a good time hitting the ball today as well."
Illinois State scored two runs in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. Kris Jenkins led off the game with a single to center field and advanced to second on a passed ball. Ryan Anetsberger hit an RBI single to score Jenkins, and advanced to second on a ground out to second by Matt Bolt. After a Gabe DeMarco single, Jenkins moved to third, before scoring on Jay Molina's single to left field.
In the bottom of the first, Cuevas hit a three-run homer to left center field to give the Golden Eagles a 3-2 lead. Trey Sutton led off the inning with a single, advanced to second on Johnson's single, and moved to third when Adkins flew out to center field. With runners on first and third, Cuevas blasted a shot that sailed over the left center wall to take a one-run lead.
Kevin Dubler responded for the Redbirds in the second inning with a solo home run to center field, tying the game at 3-3.
Southern Miss answered with two runs in the bottom of the second inning to take its first lead of the game, 5-3. Brian Dozier reached base on a fielder's choice, stole second, advanced to third on Sutton's single and scored on a throwing error by the first baseman. With one runner on, Johnson hit a triple to center field that scored Sutton from first base.
Southern Miss scored two runs in the third inning on back-to-back home runs to take a 7-3 lead. Cuevas led off the inning with a solo home run to center field, his second of the game, followed immediately by Ewing, who also hit a solo homer to right field.
The Golden Eagles added two runs in the fourth inning to build their lead to 9-3. With two outs, Cuevas was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a passed ball. Ewing walked, followed by Jody Blount's RBI double down the left field line, scoring Cuevas and advancing Ewing to third. With runners on second and third, Maddox hit an RBI single to score Ewing.
Southern Miss scored three runs on two home runs in the fifth inning to increase their lead to 12-3. Dozier hit a double and scored on Johnson's home run to right field. Luke Adkins hit a solo homer to left center field for the second home run of the inning.
In the sixth inning, Drew Carson slammed a two-run homer to center field that scored Blount, who reached on a fielding error by third baseman Mike Stalowy, to increase the Golden Eagle lead to 14-3.
Southern Miss scored its final run in the seventh inning behind Cuevas' third home run of the game, a single shot to left center field, to take a 15-3 lead.
Southern Miss returns to action Tuesday, Mar. 7 at 6:30 p.m. against Louisiana-Monroe at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.