March 8, 2006
JACKSON, Miss. - Louisiana Tech scored seven runs in the third inning, three runs in the seventh inning and added two more in the ninth and withstood a five-run rally in the ninth inning from Southern Miss to defeat the Golden Eagles, 12-7, tonight, at Smith-Wills Stadium in front of 531.
Down 12-2 heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, Southern Miss rallied for five runs but came up short. Toddric Johnson hit a two-run single to right center, pinch hitter David Steele hit an RBI single to left, Drew Carson had an RBI single to left and Bo Davis had a sacrifice fly to right field in the inning.
Louisiana Tech (6-8) scored 12 runs on 10 hits and committed one error, while Southern Miss (10-4) scored seven runs on 11 hits and committed two errors.
Ryan Hamilton led the Bulldogs with three hits, three runs scored and three RBIs, while Brian Rike finished with two hits, three runs scored and three RBIs and Nick Grunenwald had a hit and two RBIs. Kevin Coker led the Golden Eagles with three hits, and Toddric Johnson finished with a hit and two RBIs.
Tech relief pitcher Andrew Alsup picked up the win, pitching three innings, giving up two hits and striking out two. Golden Eagle starter Ben Wade (0-1) took the loss, pitching two innings, giving up three runs on one hit and walked two batters.
Jody Blount hit a solo homer in the first inning to give the Golden Eagles a 1-0 lead. Tech struck for seven runs in the third inning to take a 7-1 lead. A two-run single to right field by Amos Ramon, a three-run homer to center field by Ben Tabor, an RBI triple to right center by Rike and a ground out to short by Albie Goulder keyed the inning for the Bulldogs.
Luke Adkins reached on a two-out walk, moved to second on a wild pitch and then scored on Trey Cuevas' double to right center to cut the Tech lead to 7-2 in the third inning.
Ramon reached on a one-out walk in the seventh and then scored on a double to left center by Ryan Hamilton. Rike then hit a two-run homer to center field to score him and Hamilton to extend their lead to 10-2.
A two-run triple in the top of the ninth inning by Nick Grunenwald scored Rike and Goulder to extend the Tech lead to 12-2.
Southern Miss hosts Buffalo for a three-game weekend series at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field on Friday-Sunday, March 10-12. Friday's game starts at 6:30 p.m., Saturday's game starts at 3 p.m., and Sunday's game will start at 1 p.m.