May 19, 2006
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -
The Southern Miss baseball team, sparked by two Marc Maddox home runs, won big over UCF tonight, 9-0, before 3,182 at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field. Tonight's attendance brings the season total to 105,897, which sets the new Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field cumulative record, breaking the previous high of 103,557 set last year.
With the win, Southern Miss improves to 36-19 overall, 12-11 in Conference USA. UCF falls to 23-32, 5-18.
Southern Miss broke the game open with six runs in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, Brian Dozier connected on a tw0-RBI single through the left side, scoring Kevin Coker and Jody Blount. After a a RBI single by Trey Sutton scored Bailey Hartel, Marc Maddox connected on a three-run home run, his 17th of the season, to make the score 6-0.
The Golden Eagles got two more runs in the third, on a RBI single by Sutton, which scored Bo Davis, who singled to third base with one out. Then with the bases loaded, Jody Blount had an RBI walk, which scored Sutton.
Southern Miss made the score 9-0 in the fifth, as Maddox hit his 18th home run of the season to right centerfield, which tied him for the 10th most in a single school history, with Doug Cronk (1988), Braxton Whitehead (1997) and Dusty Haley (2000).
Ryan Belanger (8-0) got the win for Southern Miss, pitching 6.2 innings, allowing no runs and eight hits, striking out six and walking two. Bryan Adams and Scott Massey pitched the final 2.1 frames, allowing only one hit, walking two and striking out two.
Mitch Houck (3-4) took the loss for UCF, lasting 1.2 innings, allowing five hits and six runs, walking two and striking out two. Derek Abriola tossed 4.0 innings in relief, allowing five hits and three runs, walking six and striking out two. Mitch Herold pitched the final 2.1 innings, striking out three without allowing a hit.
Maddox finished with three hits and four RBIs to lead Southern Miss, while Sutton and Dozier each had two hits and two RBIs.
Dave DiNatale finished with three hits to lead UCF.
The series finale is set for 1 p.m., on Sunday. It will also be senior day for eight Golden Eagles, including Cole Basinger, Daniel Best, Matt Caire, Kevin Coker, Marc Maddox, Scott Massey, Brad Owen, Cliff Russum.
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