April 4, 2006
PEARL, Miss. - After Ole Miss scored three runs to tie the game in the top of the third inning, Southern Miss scored five runs in the third inning and two more in the fourth, to explode for eight runs in two innings to retake the lead for good en route to a 13-6 win at Trustmark Park, tonight, in front of 5,292.
Southern Miss (22-9) scored 13 runs on 12 hits, while Ole Miss (17-12) scored six runs on 11 hits and committed four errors. The win gave the Golden Eagles a split of the two games this season.
Brad Owen (3-0) received the win for Southern Miss, pitching 2.2 innings in relief, giving up two runs on four hits and striking out one. Will Kline (0-2) suffered the loss for Ole Miss, pitching 2.2 innings, giving up eight runs, two earned, on five hits, striking out two and walking two.
"Both teams hit the ball well tonight, but the key was that there was a zero in the errors column for us," Head Coach Corky Palmer said. "They had a tough night defensively, though they hit the ball harder than we did, but we made plays. (Brad) Owen and (Patrick) Ezell pitched well in the middle, which is what we've been needing. Overall, we were a better club tonight than what we showed last weekend. We played hard and smart, and I didn't catch us in any mental errors tonight, which is the first time that's happened in five games."
The Golden Eagle offense was led by Jody Blount, who had three hits, one double and three RBIs and was named the player of the game. Bailey Hartel added two hits and three RBIs, while Michael Ewing also had two hits, one home run and two RBIs.
The Rebels were led offensively by Justin Henry who had three hits and one double. Chris Coghlan, Zack Cozart and Alex Presley each added two hits.
Southern Miss scored first with three runs in the bottom of the second inning to give the Golden Eagles a 3-0 lead. Ewing blasted a solo shot over the right field wall for the first run of the game. Kevin Coker reached base on a throwing error by Cozart, stole second and scored on Brian Dozier's RBI double down the right field line for the second run. Hartel immediately followed with an RBI single to center field that scored Dozier for the third run of the inning.
Ole Miss scored three runs in the top of the third inning to tie the game. Henry reached first on a bunt and advanced to second on Coghlan's walk. With two on, Cozart hit a two-run triple down the right field line to score both Henry and Coghlan to cut the lead to 3-2. Presley then hit an RBI double down the left field line to score Cozart for the third run for the Rebels.
The Golden Eagles added five runs in the bottom of the third inning to retake the lead, 8-3. Toddric Johnson singled down the left field line, advanced to second on Marc Maddox's walk, moved to third on Ewing's walk and scored when Trey Cuevas reached base on a fielding error by Coghlan which also moved Ewing to second and Maddox to third. Coker then hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Maddox to extend the lead to 5-3, and Blount next hit an RBI single up the middle to score Ewing and advance Cuevas to third while adding to their lead, 6-3. Dozier then walked to advance Blount to second to set up for Hartel who hit a two-run RBI single to score both Blount and Cuevas, giving the Golden Eagles an 8-3 lead.
The Rebels scored one run in the top of the fourth inning to bring the score to 8-4. Justin Brashear walked, moved to second on Logan Power's single up the middle and scored on C.J. Ketchum's RBI single up the middle.
Southern Miss added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to build a 10-4 lead. Johnson and Maddox were each hit by a pitch to place runners on first and second. Ewing then grounded out to third to move Johnson to third and Maddox to second. Cuevas followed with a walk to load the bases, and the Golden Eagles capitalized with a two-run RBI single through the left side by Blount that scored Johnson and Maddox.
Mark Wright hit a solo homer over the left field wall for the Rebels in the fifth inning to cut the score to 10-5.
Ole Miss added another run in the top of the seventh inning to cut the Golden Eagle lead to 10-6. Coghlan led off the inning with a double to left field and scored on Presley's RBI single up the middle.
The Golden Eagles notched another run in the bottom of the seventh inning to bring their lead to 11-6. Johnson singled through the right side, moved to third when Maddox reached base on a fielding error by Cozart and scored on Ewing's RBI single through the right side.
Southern Miss scored two more runs in the eighth inning to add to a 13-6 lead. Coker led off with a single through the left side and moved to third on Blount's double down the left field line. With runners on second and third, Dozier hit a two-run RBI single up the middle to score both runners.
Southern Miss next travels to Dallas, Texas, for a non-conference weekend series against Dallas Baptist, April 7-8. There will be a doubleheader on Friday, with the first game beginning at 4 p.m., and the final game of the series on Saturday will start at 2 p.m.