Tribe Drops Second of Three Game Set in Hattiesburg
Hattiesburg, Miss. (March 8, 2003) - Southern Miss's Clint King hit two homers and had four RBI's as the Eagles got a win back defeating the Tribe today in Hattiesburg, 7-5. Southeast drops to 3-6 on the season and Southern Miss moves to 10-4.
Only five of the seven runs given up by Indian pitchers today were earned today. Senior righty James Beever took the loss (0-4), while Ryan Forsyth pitched two and a third, allowing two hits and a run.
Southern Miss got on the board first as Carlos Velasquez led off the game with a double and King drove him in with a single.
The Tribe quickly got back the run and then some as they scored twice in the second. Senior left fielder Brian Hopkins led off with a double and advanced to third on a sac bunt from junior first baseman Gary Gilbert. Sophomore designated hitter Eric Hoffman singled up the middle scoring Hopkins and then later scored on a double from senior third baseman Denver Stuckey.
Neither team scored till the fourth when Stuckey reached on a bunt single and then advanced to second on a throwing error. He then stole third and scored on a sac fly from junior centerfielder Seth Moulton.
The Eagles got two in their half of the fourth as King drew a walk to lead off the inning. He then moved to second on a single from Griff Israel. Adam Smith then knocked an RBI single to right scoring King. Both runners moved up on a sac bunt and Israel scored on a sac fly from Matt Shepherd.
Southern Miss got two in the fifth, and one in the sixth, extending its lead to 6-3. The Tribe got one back in the seventh as Moulton took a 3-2 pitch and hit his first home run of the season over the left field wall. They got their final run in the eighth as Stuckey doubled in freshman Aaron Fangman. However King's second home run of the game gave the Eagles a 7-5 lead they wouldn't relinquish. Southern's Stephen Castleman game up 10 hits, but only three runs to earn his second win of the season (2-0).
Stuckey broke out of a mini slump with a 4-5 game on the day. He had two doubles, a pair of RBI's and scored once. Hopkins had a triple and Moulton homered for the Tribe. Senior second baseman Justin Christian had three hits and a stolen base on the day.
The two teams will finish off the three game set tomorrow at 1 p.m.