May 18, 2006
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss junior pinch hitter Bailey Hartel singled through the left side to plate Toddric Johnson from second to lead the Golden Eagles to a 4-3 victory over UCF, tonight, in game one of the three-game Conference USA weekend series at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in front of 3,028 in attendance.
In the 10th inning, Johnson hit a one-out single to right field, stole second base and then scored on Hartel's single.
"Hartel had a good hit," Head Coach Corky Palmer said. "He has one of the better eyes on the team, so I knew that he would work the count. I knew that he would be patient to get something, as he's not a first pitch swinger, so he looks at the first pitch. He's a good college player, and I'm proud for him.
"This was a good college baseball game, as they kept us tied up. I thought that Central Florida pitched well against us, but we hung in there and for the most part, pitched and defended well."
Daniel Best (6-2) earned the win, pitching the final 2.2 innings, giving up one hit, two intentional walks and struck out two batters. Dominic Petracca (2-3) was credited with the loss, giving up one run on two hits, walking one and striking out one.
Southern Miss (35-19, 11-11 Conference USA) scored four runs on 10 hits and committed one error, while UCF (23-31, 5-17 Conference USA) scored three runs on nine hits.
The Golden Eagles added another run in the third inning to make the score 3-0 when Johnson reached base on a fielder's choice that scored Trey Sutton.
Hartman hit a three-run shot for UCF in the seventh inning that scored Dave Lambert and Dave DiNitale to tie the game at 3-3.
Southern Miss and UCF return for the second game of the series tomorrow, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. at The "Pete."
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