May 24, 2006
HOUSTON, Texas - Barry Bowden pitched 6.2 scoreless innings, and the Golden Eagle offense provided six runs to lead Southern Miss to a 6-2 victory over Memphis in the night cap of the opening round of the Conference USA Baseball Championship, Wednesday night, in front of 2,320 at Reckling Park.
No. 5 seed Southern Miss (38-19) scored six runs on 14 hits, while No. 4 seed Memphis (30-27) scored two runs on 11 hits and committed two errors.
With a single in the first inning, Marc Maddox broke his third career school record of the season, becoming Southern Miss' all-time leader in total bases (506). Maddox already owns the school's home runs (53) and runs scored (227) record. Daniel Best also made history on Wednesday night by notching his career single-season best 12th save, and currently ranks him No. 2 in saves in a single season.
Bowden (3-2) earned the win for the Golden Eagles, pitching 6.2 innings, allowing seven hits, striking out six and walking two. Daniel Best (12) received the save, pitching 1.1 innings, giving up two runs on two hits, while walking one. Philip Utley (4-5) took the loss for the Tigers, pitching 6.1 innings, giving up five runs on 12 hits, while striking out two.
"Barry was outstanding tonight," Head Coach Corky Palmer said. "He beat a very good offensive team, and Toddric had some big hits for us in the game. Overall, we defended well, caught the ball well, Barry pitched well and it was good win for us."
Toddric Johnson and Trey Sutton both led Southern Miss offensively with three hits, with Johnson also adding two RBIs and Sutton registering a double. Memphis' offense was led by Will Petersen, who had three hits and one RBI.
Southern Miss opened up the game with two runs in the first inning to take a 2-0 lead. Maddox hit an RBI single up the middle to plate Sutton, who opened the game with a leadoff double, and Michael Ewing hit a sacrifice fly that scored Maddox for the two Golden Eagle runs.
The Golden Eagles added two runs to their lead in the third inning to extend their lead to 4-0 as Kevin Coker hit an RBI single through the middle to score Johnson, and Luke Adkins hit a sacrifice fly that scored Ewing.
Southern Miss increased its lead by a run in the seventh inning, 5-0, when Johnson drove in Brian Dozier with an RBI single up the middle.
An RBI single by Johnson in the eighth inning gave the Golden Eagles their final run of the game, 6-0.
Memphis scored two runs in the final inning. Pinch hitter Robbie Goss led off with a walk and moved to third on a double to right center by K.K. Chalmers. Petersen reached on an infield single to drive home Goss. Bill Moss flew out to left, before Adam Amar reached on a fielder's choice to score Chalmers for the second run of the inning. Kyle Norrid reached on fielder's choice that retired Amar at second on the play to end the inning.
With its win, Southern Miss advances in the winner's bracket to face host and No. 1-seed Rice on Thursday, May 25, in the last game of the day at 7:30 p.m.
In earlier action in the opening round of the tournament on Wednesday, No. 6 East Carolina defeated No. 3 Tulane, 4-2; No. 2 Houston downed No. 7 Marshall, 9-1; and No. 1 Rice was victorious over No. 8 UAB, 9-3.