March 22, 2006
MONROE, La. - Down 2-1 in the top of the ninth with one out and the bases loaded, Toddric Johnson struck out and Luke Adkins grounded out to end the Golden Eagle rally and give Louisiana-Monroe the victory.
Southern Miss (17-6) scored one run on nine hits and committed two errors while Louisiana-Monroe (4-16) scored two runs on three hits.
Steve Lawler (1-2) collected the win for Louisiana-Monroe, pitching 2.1 innings, allowing two hits, with three strikeouts and one walk. Barry Bowden (0-1) received the loss for Southern Miss, pitching 7.1 innings, giving up two runs on two hits, striking out seven and walking three.
James Bennett, Clark Laborde and Josh Morrison each added a hit for the Indians, while Andy Jones added an RBI.
Southern Miss scored first to take a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Trey Cuevas led off the inning with a walk, moved to second on Brian Dozier's walk, advanced to third on Trey Sutton's single to center field and scored on a fielder's choice by Toddric Johnson.
Louisiana-Monroe responded five innings later in the eighth inning with two runs to take the lead for good, 2-1. Dexter Fontenot walked before Brent Smith came in to pinch run. Smith stole second and scored on Morrison's single to center field and fielding error by Johnson that also moved Morrison to second base. Morrison advanced to third on Laborde's single to left field and scored on Jones' sacrifice fly to left field.
Southern Miss next travels to Birmingham, Ala. for their Conference USA weekend series opener against UAB, March 24-26.
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