April 14, 2006
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Houston offense provided 24 runs behind 28 hits, and Cougar starting pitcher Brad Lincoln tallied six strikeouts in six innings, en route to its 24-7 victory over Southern Miss Friday night at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in front of a crowd of 3,360.
Houston (23-14, 8-2 C-USA) scored 24 runs on 28 hits and committed three errors, while Southern Miss (25-11, 4-3 C-USA) scored seven runs on nine hits and committed three errors.
Lincoln (8-1) earned his eighth win of the season for the Cougars behind six innings, allowing two runs on five hits, striking out six and walking two. Scott Massey (5-2) took the loss for the Golden Eagles, pitching one-third of an inning, giving up seven runs, five earned, on four hits and walked one.
The Golden Eagles offense was led by Trey Sutton, who finished with three hits, including two doubles and his second homer of the season. Patrick Maxwell entered the game in the seventh inning and finished with two hits.
Jake Stewart, Matt Weston, Bryan Tully, Josh Stirneman, Luis Flores and Travis Cougot each finishd with three hits. Flores finished with two homers and five RBIs.
Houston got off to a fast start in the top of the first inning, scoring seven runs to take a 7-0 lead. Lincoln, Matt Weston, Luis Flores and Isa Garcia all contributed RBI singles, Weston reached base on a fielder's choice for another run, Bryan Tully reached base on a fielding error by Toddric Johnson to score a run and Josh Stirneman had an RBI double.
Southern Miss responded with two runs in the bottom of the first inning to trim the Cougar lead to 7-2. Trey Sutton led off with a double to right field, moved to third on a ground out by Johnson and scored on Marc Maddox's groundout RBI to third base to add the first run. Michael Ewing hit the next pitch over right center field for the second run for the Golden Eagles.
The Cougars added four runs in the second inning to build an 11-2 lead. Kingsbury reached base on a throwing error by Brian Dozier, stole second base and scored on Weston's RBI double to right field. Weston moved to third on Strineman's ground out before Flores hit a two-run homer to right center to score two more runs. Travis Cougot then reached on an infield single, stole second and scored on Jake Stewart's RBI single to right field for the fourth run of the inning.
Flores hit his second homer to left field for the Cougars in the fourth inning to take a 12-2 lead.
Houston added five more runs in the fifth inning to increase their lead to 17-2, highlighted by a three-run homer by Kingsbury, a sacrifice fly by Flores and an RBI single by Cougot.
The Cougars scored another five runs in the sixth inning to increase their lead to 22-2, as Kingsbury contributed an RBI ground out, Weston hit an RBI single and Stirneman and Cougot hit RBI doubles.
Sutton hit a solo homer for Southern Miss in the seventh inning to make the score 22-3.
Houston added another run in the top of the eighth inning to increase their lead to 23-3. Tully led off with a single up the middle, advanced to second on Josh Aranda's single to left center, moved to third on Chris Joseph's single up the middle and scored on a wild pitch.
Southern Miss scored one run in the eighth inning to make the score 23-4. Ewing reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on an RBI single up the middle by David Steele.
Houston scored one more run in the top of the top of the ninth inning to make the score 24-4.
Southern Miss scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to provide the final outcome, 24-7. Bailey Hartel led off with a walk, and Sutton was hit by a pitch to place runners at first and second. Patrick Maxwell then hit an RBI single to left field to score Hartel, and a fielding error by Tom Williams scored Sutton and moved Maxwell to second. Maxwell scored the final run for the Golden Eagles on a fielding error by Arranda.
Southern Miss and Houston play the second game of the three-game series on Saturday, April 15 at 4 p.m., at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
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