March 12, 2006
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss junior outfielder Jody Blount finished with three hits, including two home runs and collected six RBIs, and pitcher David Clark earned a win in his first start as he gave up one run, spread out four hits and struck out eight batters in seven innings to lead the Golden Eagles to a 14-2 victory over Buffalo in game three of the weekend series, today, at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in front of 3,099 in attendance.
"It was another good day for hitting, today, and I thought we played pretty good," Southern Miss Head Coach Corky Palmer said. "David Clark threw really well and had a good outing. He finished with eight strikeouts and didn't walk any which is what I want from out pitching staff as far as walks.
"We still need to get better with our infield defense and our pitching staff needs to get better. I am pleased with our outfield defense and if we can clean up those other two areas, we have a chance to have a good team. We will see where we are in the next few weeks with Alabama on Wednesday, Troy over the weekend and then we start conference the following week."
Blount finished with a two-run homer to left field in the fifth inning and had a grand slam in the sixth inning. Luke Adkins blasted a two-run homer to right center in the first inning, and Brian Dozier hit his first homer, a three-run knock in the second. Trey Sutton collected two hits, Adkins had two hits and three RBIs, Trey Cuevas had two hits and an RBI and Dozier had two hits and three RBIs. David Amaro led the Bulls with two hits.
Clark (2-0) earned his second win in his second appearance as a Golden Eagle, pitching seven strong innings, giving up one run, a solo homer in the sixth inning, on four hits and struck out eight batters. Cole Basinger pitched one inning in relief and struck out two batters, and Jonathan Johnston pitched the final inning, giving up a solo homer. Steve Geltz (0-1) took the loss for Buffalo, pitching five innings, giving up eight runs on eight hits, walking four and striking out two.
Southern Miss (13-4) scored 48 runs this weekend to earn its first sweep of the season. In today's game, the Golden Eagles finished with 14 runs on 12 hits and committed two errors, while the Bulls scored two runs on five hits and committed one error.
Luke Adkins two-run homer in the first inning, gave the Golden Eagles an early 2-0 lead. Dozier's three-run blast in the second inning after Maddox was hit by a pitch and Blount was walked, extended the Southern Miss lead to 5-0. Adkins singled down the right field line to plate Sutton from second base to give the Golden Eagles a 6-0 lead after two innings.
Blount's two-run homer in the fifth inning pushed the Southern Miss lead to 8-0. The Bulls got on the scoreboard with a solo homer by Dan Quinn in the top of the sixth inning to cut the lead to 8-1.
Southern Miss answered with four runs in the sixth inning on Blount's grand slam to push its lead to 12-1. Cuevas singled to right center, and Bo Davis and Maddox walked to load the bases before Blount's blast to right center.
The Golden Eagles put two more runs on the board in the seventh to extend the lead to 14-1. Sutton was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and scored on Toddric Johnson's double to left center. Johnson moved to third on Adkins grounder to second base and scored on Cuevas' single to right field. David Amaro hit a solo homer to left field in the eighth inning to provide the Bulls their second run of the game.
Southern Miss travels to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to face the Crimson Tide, on Wednesday, March 15, 2006, at 6:30 p.m. The Golden Eagles then return home to host Troy for a three-game weekend series on March 17-19. Friday's game starts at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday's and Sunday's games begin at 1 p.m.
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