April 8, 2006
DALLAS, Texas - Southern Miss won both ends of a baseball doubleheader, 12-9 in game one and 19-7 in seven innings in game two, today, over Dallas Baptist, at Patriot Field in front of 300 tonight.
In game one, Southern Miss' Toddric Johnson and Kevin Coker each finished with four hits to lead the Golden Eagles to a 12-9 victory over Dallas Baptist. Coker, Jody Blount, Marc Maddox and Trey Cuevas each finished with two RBIs for the Golden Eagles.
Southern Miss finished with 12 runs on 14 hits and committed three errors, while Dallas Baptist finished with nine runs on 15 hits and committed four errors.
Ryan Belanger (5-0) earned his fifth win of the season in relief, pitching 2.2 innings, giving up two runs, one earned on two hits, walking one and striking out two. Daniel Best (8) earned his eighth save of the season, pitching the final 2.2 innings, giving up one hit, one walk and striking out three.
Patriot pitcher Jeff Gilmore (2-4) took the loss in relief, pitching 3.1 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits and walking one.
Dallas Baptist took an early 6-0 lead in the first three innings. Evan Bigley had an RBI single and Israel Victor had an RBI double to give the Patriots a 3-0 lead in the first inning. A two run homer by Cody Montgomery in the second inning gave Dallas Baptist a 5-0 lead and a solo homer by Matt Tucker in the third gave the Patriots a 6-0 lead.
Southern Miss struck for seven runs in the fourth inning to take a one-run lead. A two-run double by Coker, a two-run homer to center field by Maddox and an RBI single by Blount were the big hits for the Golden Eagles that inning.
DBU's Jeremy Goldschmeding solo homer to right field tied the game at 7-7 in the top of the fourth inning and a ground out RBI to short gave the Partiots a one-run lead, 8-7, in the sixth inning.
A two-run homer to left field by Cuevas gave the Golden Eagles a one-run lead in the seventh inning and an RBI single by Blount in the eighth gave Southern Miss a 10-8 lead.
Three-straight Southern Miss errors allowed Craig Montgomery to reach and score in the eighth inning to pull the Patriots within one run, before Bailey Hartel's two-run double in the ninth inning provided the final outcome, 12-9.
In game two, Southern Miss scored 19 runs on 20 hits and committed one error, while Dallas Baptist scored seven runs on 10 hits. Adkins finished with three hits, scored three runs and drove in five runs. Carson finished with three hits, two runs scored and three RBIs, and Brian Dozier also finished with three hits, one RBI and scored two runs.
David Clark (3-0) earned his third win of the season for Southern Miss, finishing with six runs, five earned, on nine hits, walking three and striking out three. Matt Caire finished the final 1.1 innings, giving up one run on one hit. Patriot starter Jordan Craft took the loss, pitching 2.1 innings, giving up nine runs on 11 hits, walking one and striking out three.
Dallas Baptist and Southern Miss were tied 3-3 after the second inning, before the Golden Eagles struck for six runs in the third inning and eight more in the fourth inning to break open the game.
Adkins had a two-run double in the second inning, and Toddric Johnson had
a two-run RBI double to left field. Adkins had another two-run RBI double and Carson, Dozier and Hartel each had an RBI single in the inning.
Southern Miss used six runs on six hits in the top of the third inning to take the lead 9-3.
The Patriots scored a run in the third, after Cody Montgomery singled and later scored on a RBI single by Matt Tucker, making the score 9-4.
In the fourth, the Golden Eagles scored eight more runs on five hits and four walks to give Southern Miss a 17-4 lead. Adkins had an RBI single, Toddric Johnson had an RBI single, Michael Ewing had a two-run triple and Drew Carson, Cuevas and Hartel each had an RBI single for the Golden
Maddox had an RBI single in the fifth inning, and Carson had an RBI ground out to second in the sixth inning to provide the final outcome, 19-7.
DBU managed to add one run in both the fifth, sixth and seventh inning on RBI singles by Freshmen Evan Bigley and Will Stramp and Senior Damian Gomez, leaving the final score 19-7.
Southern Miss and Dallas Baptist resume action on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., when they play the third and final game of the series at Patriot Field.