April 11, 2006
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss offense gave starting pitcher Barry Bowden all the runs he needed as he secured his first win of the season, tonight, 12-2, over Southeastern Louisiana in seven innings at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in front of a crowd of 3,070.
The game was called after seven innings due to the NCAA 10-run rule. Southern Miss (25-10) scored 12 runs on 14 hits, while Southeastern Louisiana (14-17) scored two runs on eight hits and committed two errors.
Bowden (1-1) pitched six innings, gave up two runs on eight hits and struck out five. Lion starter Wade Miley (2-5) took the loss for Southeastern Louisiana, pitching 4.1 innings, giving up 10 runs, nine earned, on 10 hits, striking out two and walking five.
"We played well, and hit the ball well offensively all over the field tonight," Head Coach Corky Palmer said. "A lot of people had good nights, such as Toddric (Johnson) and (Bailey) Hartel, who both continue to play well. We also got Trey (Sutton) back tonight, and he was able to get a couple of hits. (Barry) Bowden did a good job tonight, didn't walk anybody, and threw the ball well. I didn't see hardly any mental errors, so we are playing better. We're now looking forward to facing an exciting club in a great college atmosphere this weekend against Houston."
Johnson led the Golden Eagle offense with two hits and two RBIs, while Kevin Coker, Brian Dozier, Hartel and Marc Maddox also added two hits and a double each.
The Lions offense was led by Ryan Spencer, who had two hits, one stolen base, one home run and one RBI. Kyle Ginn and Richard Imoff each added two hits for Southeastern Louisiana.
Southern Miss scored two runs in the first inning to take the early 2-0 lead. Johnson led off with a single through the left side and advanced to second when Jody Blount walked. With runners on first and second, Michael Ewing hit an RBI single through the right side to score Johnson and Blount would also score on the same play on a fielding error by third baseman Bryan Frichter.
Southeastern Louisiana answered in the top of the second inning with a solo homer over the center field wall by Spencer to cut the Golden Eagle lead to 2-1.
The Golden Eagles tallied two more runs in the bottom of the second inning to build a 4-1 lead. Sutton singled to right center, advanced to second on a balk and scored on Hartel's RBI double down the left field line to score the first run. Johnson then grounded out to first base to move Hartel to third and scored on Drew Carson's RBI single to third base for the second run of the inning.
The Lions scored a run in the fourth inning to trim the lead to 4-2. Spencer singled through the left side, stole second base and scored on Tony Suarez's RBI single up the middle.
Southern Miss posted two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to make the score 6-2. Dozier doubled down the left field line, and Carson walked to place runners at first and second for Marc Maddox, who hit an RBI double to right field to score Dozier and move Carson to third. After Blount was walked, Miley threw a wild pitch that scored Carson for the second run of the inning for the Golden Eagles.
The Golden Eagles exploded for five more runs in the fifth inning to increase their lead to 11-2. Coker led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Sutton. Dozier then walked, before Hartel singled to third base to move Dozier to second and Coker to third. With the bases loaded, Johnson hit a two-run RBI single that scored Coker and Dozier and moved Hartel to third. Luke Adkins then drove in Hartel and Johnson on a pinch hit two-run RBI triple. The final run of the inning came when Blount reached base on a fielding error by third baseman Frichter that also scored Adkins.
Southern Miss added one more run in the sixth inning to provide the final outcome.. Coker led off with a double to left center and scored on Sutton's RBI single up the middle for the final run of the game.
Palmer also announced that redshirt sophomore right-hand pitcher Bryan Adams had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee today, and is out for 2-4 weeks. He sustained the injury during practice yesterday.
Southern Miss returns to action this weekend, April 14-16, to host Houston at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field. Friday's game will begin at 6:30 p.m., Saturday's at 4 p.m. and Sunday's at 1 p.m.