March 11, 2006
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss baseball team scored a season-high 21 runs behind Marc Maddox' two home runs, including a grand slam, and seven RBIs, and Scott Massey earned his third win of the season to defeat Buffalo 21-3 today at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in front of a crowd of 3,123.
Southern Miss (12-4) scored a season-high 21 runs on 15 hits, including six home runs, and committed one error, while Buffalo (3-8) scored three runs on seven hits and committed four errors.
Scott Massey (3-0) earned the win for the Golden Eagles, pitching in six innings, giving up three runs on six hits, striking out three and walking three. Sean McWilliams (1-1) took the loss for Buffalo, pitching four innings, giving up 11 runs, nine earned, on eight hits, striking out two and walking five.
"Our bats have been coming alive lately," Head Coach Corky Palmer said. "We don't have a lot of pitchers who are going to strike out a lot of people, so we have to play better defensively by catching the ball and turning double plays like we did today. I think that if we play better infield defense, we're going to be okay."
The Golden Eagle offense was led by Maddox, who collected three hits, one double, two home runs and a game and season-high seven RBIs. Jody Blount and Kevin Coker each added two hits, as Blount also had two RBIs and Coker had one RBI. Six Golden Eagles hit home runs with Maddox hitting two, and Luke Adkins, Jody Blount, Bo Davis and Trey Sutton each hitting one.
Dan Quinn led the Bulls offense with two hits, including a double.
Southern Miss scored one run in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Toddric Johnson walked, advanced to second on a failed pickoff attempt by pitcher Sean McWilliams and scored on Luke Adkins' groundout to short.
The Golden Eagles offense exploded for five runs in the third inning to build a 6-0 lead. Sutton led off the inning with a solo home run that sailed over the right field wall. Johnson tripled to center field and scored on Adkins' groundout to second base. Trey Cuevas singled to left field and moved to third when Michael Ewing reached second base on a fielding error by right fielder James Piazza. With runners on second and third, Marc Maddox hit a three-run shot over the center field wall.
Buffalo scored two runs in the fourth inning to bring the score to 6-2. Jacob Rosenbeck walked and moved to third on Dan Quinn's double to center field. Carl Aquilla hit an RBI single through the left side, scoring Rosenbeck and advancing Quinn to third. Quinn scored from third on Piazza's sacrifice fly to center field.
Five more runs were scored by Southern Miss in the fourth inning to increase its lead to 11-2. Johnson walked, advanced to second on Adkins' groundout to second base and moved to third on a throwing error by the pitcher. Cuevas and Ewing each walked to load the bases for Maddox who hit a grand slam to center field. Jody Blount then hit a solo homer to right center field.
After Johnson was hit by a pitch, Adkins blasted a shot to left center field to score two more runs to extend the Golden Eagle lead to 13-2.
Buffalo added one run in the sixth inning to bring the score to 13-3. Brad Agustin singled up the middle to lead off the inning, advanced to second on Rosenbeck's groundout to first base and scored on E.J. Folli's RBI single up the middle.
The Golden Eagle offense produced six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 19-3 lead. Maddox doubled to center field and scored on Blount's RBI single up the middle. Two consecutive walks by Kevin Coker and Patrick Maxwell loaded the bases for Sutton, who reached second base on a fielding error by center fielder E.J. Folli to score both Blount and Coker and advance Maxwell to third. With runners on second and third, pinch hitter Bo Davis cranked a three-run homer to left field.
Southern Miss added two final runs in the seventh inning to provide the final outcome. Chris Matesich walked, advanced to third on David Steele's single to right field and scored on Coker's RBI single to left field.
Southern Miss and Buffalo will play the final game of the series on Sunday at 1 p.m.