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Baseball Uses 4-Spot In Ninth Inning To Down Louisville, 6-5

Feb. 17, 2007

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - With two outs, the bases loaded and a two-ball, two-strike count in the bottom of the ninth inning, Michael Ewing singled up the middle to drive in James Ewing and Trey Sutton to lead Southern Miss to a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over Louisville, today, in the Coca-Cola Southern Miss Baseball Classic at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in front of 3,566 in attendance.

Down 5-2 going into the bottom of the ninth inning, Jeremy Davis singled through the left side to lead off the inning. Bailey Hartel popped up to third, and Jody Blount struck out, before Burger walked to put runners on first and second. Louisville brought in their closer, Colby Wark, who hit Brian Dozier to load the bases. Sutton singled to left field to drive in Davis and Matesich, who replaced Burger as a pinch runner. James Ewing was hit by a pitch to load the bases up, before Michael Ewing singled to drive in the winning runs.

Southern Miss (2-0) scored six runs on eight hits, while Louisville (1-1) scored five runs on nine hits and committed one error. Michael Ewing led the Golden Eagles with two hits and two RBIs, and Chris Dominguez, Daniel Burton and Pete Rodriguez each finished with two hits for the Cardinals. Dominguez had a two-run home run, a double and drove in three runs.

Patrick Ezell (1-0) was credited with the win, pitching to one batter, Dominguez and striking him out to end the top of the ninth inning. Wark (0-1) dropped the decision, giving up two runs on two hits, facing four batters.

Louisville took an early 3-0 lead through three innings. Dominguez hit a two-run homer in the first inning. Rodriguez doubled down the left field line in the second inning and scored on Chris Cates' sacrifice bunt to first base.

Southern Miss scored a single run in the fourth inning to cut the lead by one, 3-1. Sutton walked to lead off the inning, moved to second when James Ewing was hit by a pitch, then to third when Michael Ewing hit into a double play, and scored on Hartel's infield single to short.

The Golden Eagles cut the Cardinal lead to one, 3-2, in the sixth inning. Michael Ewing hit a two-out single up the middle and scored on a throwing error by third baseman Dominguez.

Louisville stretched out its lead in the eighth inning to 5-2. Cates was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and scored on Dominguez's double down the left field line. Jorge Castillo doubled down the right field line to drive in Dominguez for the second run of the inning.

Barry Bowden started for Southern Miss, pitching six innings, giving up three runs on five hits, walking one and striking out five. Tyler Mathis started for Louisville, pitching 5.2 innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits, walking two and striking out two. Golden Eagle pitchers combined for eight strikeouts on the day.

In game one, Southern Illinois (2-3), scored single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh inning, and pitcher Cody Adams (2-0) pitched 7.2 innings, giving up two runs on four hits and struck out six to lead the Salukis to a 3-2 win over Northwestern State in game one.

Kevin Koski, Scott Elmendorf, Mark Kelly and Adam Hills each finished with two hits for SIU.

Northwestern State (1-5) was held to two runs on five hits and committed four errors. Brandon Richey led off the game with a solo homer for the Demons, and Bernard Williams scored on a wild pitch in the sixth inning to account for their two runs.

Louisville and Southern Illinois play at 11 a.m., on Sunday in game one, and Southern Miss hosts Northwestern State at 3 p.m. in the final games of the Classic.

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