March 7, 2006
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -
Marc Maddox recorded his first multi-home run game of the year, blasting two home runs and collecting five RBIs, and Drew Carson also added two homers, in Southern Miss' 18-5 rout of Louisiana-Monroe, Tuesday evening, at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in front of a crowd of 3,243.
Southern Miss (10-3) scored a season-high 18 runs on a season-high 19 hits and committed two errors, while Louisiana-Monroe (0-14) scored five runs on 10 hits and committed three errors.
Patrick Ezell (1-1) earned the win for the Golden Eagles, pitching in five innings, giving up four runs, two earned, on seven hits, striking out five and walking one. Kyle Smith (0-2) took the loss for the visiting Indians, pitching in 2.2 innings, giving up six runs on seven hits, striking out five and walking two.
Maddox led the offensive charge for the Golden Eagles with a game and season-high four hits, one double, two solo bombs and five RBIs. Toddric Johnson added three hits, two doubles, one home run and two RBIs, while Carson also recorded the his first multi-home run game of the season on two hits and four RBIs.
Andy Jones and Todd Garvin led the Indian offense with two hits each, with Jones recording a double and Garvin added an RBI.
"It feels good to have another big offensive game," Head Coach Corky Palmer said. "We have a lot of guys doing well right now, which is a good problem to have trying to find enough room to get every one in the lineup. Carson, Cuevas and Luke (Adkins) are all playing well, and it was good for Marc Maddox to have a big night that will hopefully get him going."
Southern Miss scored two runs in the first inning to take the early 2-0 lead. Trey Sutton led off with a single to second base, and advanced to second base on a failed pickoff attempt by Smith. Johnson hit an RBI double up the middle to score Sutton from second. Johnson advanced to third on Luke Adkins groundout to first base, and scored on Trey Cuevas' RBI single to center field.
Louisiana-Monroe responded in the second inning with three runs to take a 3-2 lead. Travis Drader hit a single to the right side to lead off the inning, moved to second on Dexter Fontenot's single to the left side, and scored from second base on Josh Morrison's RBI double to right center field, which also advanced Fontenot to third. A fielding error by third baseman Maddox scored Fontenot and advanced Morrison to third. Ben Soignier hit an RBI single up the middle to score Morrison.
An RBI single in the third inning by Sutton tied the game at 3-3. Maddox doubled to begin the inning, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Sutton's single to third base.
The Golden Eagles built their lead to 6-3 in the fourth inning behind Maddox' three-run homer. Michael Ewing singled up the middle and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Jody Blount walked to set up runners on first and second for Maddox who responded with a three-run shot to left field.
Southern Miss exploded for four runs, including two solo bombs, in the fourth inning to increase their lead to 10-3. Johnson crushed a ball over the center field wall to lead off the inning. Adkins walked and moved to third on Cuevas' double down the left field line. Blount plated Adkins and Cuevas on a single to right center field. Maddox hit his second home run of the night over the scoreboard at left center field.
The Indians scored one run in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 10-4. Andy Jones hit a double to left center to lead off the inning, advanced to third on James Bennett's flyout to right field, and scored on Drader's sacrifice fly to center field.
The Golden Eagles added another run in the bottom of the fifth inning to establish an 11-4 lead. Johnson hit a double to right center, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on another wild pitch.
Southern Miss scored two runs in the sixth inning to build a 13-4 lead. Ewing led off the inning with a single up the middle and moved to second on a fielding error by the center fielder Jones. Blount grounded out to second base to advance Ewing to third base, where he scored on Maddox's RBI single to right center field. Kevin Coker doubled down the left field line to score Maddox from first base.
Southern Miss scored two runs in the seventh inning to take a 15-4 lead. Carson blasted a solo home run over the left field light post in the seventh inning to lead off the inning. Bo Davis singled to second base, advanced to second on a throwing error by second baseman Ty Rollison, and scored on Blount's RBI single through the left side.
Louisiana-Monroe added one run in the eighth inning to cut the Golden Eagle lead to 15-5. Brent Bowman led off the inning with a double to left center and scored on Todd Garvin's RBI double to left center field.
Southern Miss scored three runs in the bottom of the eight inning, all on a three-run homer by Carson, his second of the game, to take an 18-5 lead. Coker and Bailey Hartel each reached base after being hit by a pitch.
Southern Miss faces Louisiana Tech in Jackson, Miss. on Wednesday, Mar. 8. First pitch is set for a 6:30 p.m. start at Smith-Willis Stadium.