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Southern Miss Defeats Marshall Baseball

April 29, 2006

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Southern Miss' Toddric Johnson went 4-for-5 with two home runs and five runs batted in to lead the Golden Eagles to a 19-4 victory over the Marshall baseball team Saturday at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va. The game was called after seven innings because of the Conference USA 15-run rule on Saturdays.

Brit Vincent (Jr., Bowling Green, Ky.) had two hits and three runs scored for Marshall, while Aaron Levinson (Sr., Seattle, Wash.) knocked in three runs.

Marshall starting pitcher Brian Chrisman (So., Pittsburgh, Pa.) gave up eight earned runs, eight hits and a walk while striking out one over 4.1 innings. He falls to 2-5 on the season. Southern Miss starter Scott Massey (6-3) tossed a complete game, allowing four earned runs, six hits and two walks while fanning four.

Southern Miss (30-16, 6-8 C-USA) took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run home run by Johnson.

Marshall (19-20, 6-11) rallied to tie the score in the second inning, as Levinson singled to right field to bring home Brent Mason (Sr., Sherwood, Ark.) and Vincent.

The Golden Eagles came right back in the third with two runs of their own, as Johnson ripped a double to right-center to score a pair of runs and push the lead back to two. They added a run in the fourth inning when Chrisman uncorked a wild pitch to score Drew Carson.



The Thundering Herd got a run back in the bottom of the fourth inning, as Vincent tripled with two outs and scored on a Massey wild pitch.

Southern Miss countered with three in the fifth to oust Chrisman from the game. After striking out Trey Sutton to lead off the inning, Chrisman ran into problems as he gave up a solo home run to Johnson, then allowed back-to-back singles to Kevin Coker and Jody Blount. Chris Cummings (Sr., Huntington, W.Va.) relieved Chrisman, but walked Drew Carson and then allowed a two-run single to Michael Ewing to increase the lead to 8-3.

The Golden Eagles continued to pile on with a seven-run sixth inning, then added four more in the seventh inning, with three coming on a towering home run by Ewing.

The Herd tacked on a run in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly by Levinson.

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