April 15, 2006
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Houston registered 18 hits, including Isa Garcia's four hits, en route to outscoring Southern Miss, 13-5, in game two of the Conference USA weekend series in front of 3,095 Saturday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
Houston (24-14, 9-2 C-USA) scored 13 runs on 18 hits and committed one error, while Southern Miss (25-12, 4-4 C-USA) scored five runs on 10 hits and committed one error.
"It's pretty evident to me what's happening, if you look out onto the field, it's all happening with guys that haven't played in big conference series," Head Coach Corky Palmer said. "We're really struggling, though offensively we are swinging the bat well.
"We're not making the pitches, and can't make the plays to get out of the inning either. It's a frustrating time right now, and we have to pull out of it as there are a lot of games left. However, baseball is full of streaks, and we need to get on a good one tomorrow."
Ricky Hargrove (5-3) earned the win for the Cougars, pitching 5.1 innings, allowing three hits, striking out five and walking two. David Clark (3-1) took the loss for the Golden Eagles, pitching four innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits, striking out five and walking two.
The Cougars were led offensively by Garcia, who had a game-high four hits, one double and two RBIs. Brad Lincoln and Matt Weston each contributed three hits, while Lincoln added a double and two RBIs and Weston had one home run and an RBI.
Houston scored two runs in the first inning to take the early 2-0 lead. Jake Stewart led off with a double and scored on Garcia's RBI double for the first run of the game. Garcia moved to third on a ground out to first base by Weston and scored on an RBI single hit by Lincoln.
The Cougars tacked on two more runs in the top of the second inning. Travis Cougot singled up the middle, advanced to third on Stewart's double to right center and scored on an RBI single to right field by Garcia that also moved Stewart to third. Stewart then stole home to score the second run.
Southern Miss scored its first two runs of the game in the bottom of the second inning to trim the Cougar lead to 4-2. Jody Blount led off with a singled up the middle, moved to third on Johnson's single to right field and scored when Michael Ewing reached base on a fielder's choice for the first run. Johnson then moved to third on a throwing error by Josh Stirneman and scored on Dozier's RBI single to right center field.
Southern Miss scored three runs in the fourth inning to take its first lead of the game, 5-4. Ewing doubled down the right field line, advanced to third on Bailey Hartel's single to third base and scored on Sutton's RBI single to right field. Sutton then stole second, before Luke Adkins pinch hit for Drew Carson to deliver a two-run RBI single to left center field to plate both Hartel and Sutton to give the Golden Eagles the lead.
Houston scored four runs in the fifth inning to retake the lead, 8-5. Garcia led off with a walk, advanced to third on Dustin Kingsbury's single to left field and scored on an error by Dozier. Kingsbury was then moved to third on Weston's double to left center and scored when Stirneman reached on a fielder's choice in a play that also moved Weston to third. Lincoln then hit an RBI double to right field that scored Weston and advanced Stirneman to third. After Stirneman was thrown out at home, Cougot would later reach base on a fielder's choice to score Lincoln.
Weston hit a solo homer to left center in the sixth inning to add another run for the Cougars to increase their lead to 9-5.
The Cougars notched three more runs behind three RBI singles by Garcia, Stirneman and Tully in the eighth inning to build their lead to 12-5.
Houston added one final run in the ninth inning when Cougot stole home to close the game, 13-5.
Southern Miss and Houston return for the final game of the series tomorrow, April 16, for a 1 p.m. start at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
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