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.
Trey Sutton, Johnson, Kevin Coker, Michael Ewing each finished with two hits for Southern Miss, while Chadd Hartman finished with one hit and three RBIs.
Southern Miss struck first in the second inning behind a two-run home run to right field by Michael Ewing that scored Kevin Coker to give the Golden Eagles a 2-0 lead.
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."