May 25, 2006
HOUSTON, Texas - The Southern Miss offense managed only one run on a bases- loaded walk, and Rice out-hit the Golden Eagles, 13-4, en route to a 5-1 victory, Thursday night, at Reckling Park in front of a crowd of 2,592.
Bobby Bell (8-0) earned the win for the Owls, pitching seven innings, giving up one run on four hits, striking out six and walking two. Ryan Belanger suffered his first loss of the season for the Golden Eagles, pitching 6.2 innings, giving up five runs on 11 hits, striking out four and walking three.
"They (Rice) threw the ball well tonight and are a fine offensive team," Head Coach Corky Palmer said. "I knew we had to win a low offensive game against this team, and we weren't able to do that tonight."
Southern Miss (38-20) scored one run on four hits and committed one error, while Rice (48-10) scored five runs on 13 hits and committed one error.
Trey Sutton led Southern Miss offensively with three hits and one double. Greg Buchanan led Rice with three hits and two RBIs, and Tyler Henley added two hits, including a double and two RBIs.
Rice scored first in the game, tallying three runs in the second inning to take a 3-0 lead. With two runners on, Henley doubled down the right field line to drive in Aaron Luna. Buchanan then hit a two-run single that scored both Henley and Kenny Ford.
With the bases loaded in the third inning, Southern Miss scored on Kevin Coker's walk that plated Sutton to trim the Owl lead to 3-1.
The Owls scored another run in the fourth inning to extend their lead to 4-1, when Henley reached base on a fielder's choice that scored Jordan Dodson.
Rice added another run in the seventh inning to extend its lead to 5-1, when Luna flew out to center to drive in Josh Rodriguez. The Owls looked to take a 6-1 lead but Joe Savery was called out for missing third base on Adam Zornes hit to left field.
In the elimination games on Friday, Tulane, the No. 3 seed, will face the No. 6 seed East Carolina at 3 p.m., while Southern Miss faces No. 4 Memphis at 6:30 p.m.
In other C-USA tournament action on Thursday, No. 3 seed Tulane eliminated No. 7 seed Marshall, 12-1; No. 4 seed Memphis eliminated No. 8 seed UAB, 13-2; and No. 2 seed Houston downed No. 6 East Carolina, 7-1.
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