March 17, 2006
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - An eight inning, five-strikeout performance by redshirt senior Scott Massey highlights the Golden Eagles' 5-1 victory over Troy Friday night at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in front of a crowd of 3,122.
Southern Miss (14-5) scored five runs on nine hits and committed two errors, while Troy (12-7) scored one run on six hits and committed two errors.
"Scott Massey threw an outstanding game and matched up against a big-time pitcher in (Mike) Felix, who also threw hard tonight," Head Coach Corky Palmer said. "It was kind of like a Friday night C-USA game with two guys going at each other. We were able to get some runs early, and Scott was able to hold us up."
Massey (4-0) earned the win for the Golden Eagles, pitching eight innings, giving up one run on six hits, striking out five and walking one. Felix (2-2) took the loss for the visiting Trojans, pitching seven innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on nine hits, striking out seven and walking four.
Southern Miss was led offensively by Trey Sutton, who collected two hits and one double. Jody Blount, Kevin Coker, Trey Cuevas and Patrick Maxwell each added an RBI.
Blake Green led Troy offensively with two hits and one double, while Ian Craze added an RBI.
Southern Miss scored three runs to take an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. Toddric Johnson led off the inning with a walk, advanced to second on a throwing error by catcher Nick Smith and scored on Blount's RBI double down the right field line. Blount moved to third on a wild pitch and scored when Cuevas reached on a fielding error by third baseman Jared Keel. Cuevas moved to third on Drew Carson's single through the right side and scored on Coker's RBI single to right field.
Troy scored one run in the third inning to cut the Golden Eagle lead to 3-1. Kevin Weidlich was hit by a pitch to reach first base, moved to third on Green's double to right center and scored on Craze's groundout to short.
The Golden Eagles posted another run in the fifth inning to build a 4-1 lead. Brian Dozier led off with a single to right field, moved to third on Johnson's single to the right side and scored when Maddox hit into a double play.
Southern Miss added a final run in the sixth inning to solidify their lead, 5-1. Cuevas lead off with a single up the middle, advanced to second on Coker's walk and moved to third on Sutton's infield single to third base. With the bases loaded, Maxwell walked to bring Cuevas home to plate the run.
Southern Miss returns to action on Saturday for the second game of the weekend series against Troy. First pitch is set for 2 p.m., at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.