Cards Drop Heartbreaker in Ninth

Chris Dominguez

Chris Dominguez

Feb. 17, 2007

Box Score

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - A four-run ninth lifted Southern Miss to a 6-5 win over the University of Louisville baseball team Saturday night in the Coca Cola Southern Miss Classic.

The Cardinals (1-1) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first on a two-run home run by redshirt freshman Chris Dominguez.

Logan Johnson singled with one away, and Dominguez worked the count to 3-0 before drilling his second home run in as many days over the fence in right center.

Pete Rodriguez doubled to open the second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a squeeze bunt by Chris Cates for a 3-0 Cardinal lead.

The Golden Eagles (2-0) chipped away at the lead with single runs in the fourth and sixth.

With the bases loaded in the fourth, Bailey Hartel rolled a single past a diving Dominguez at third, scoring Trey Sutton, who had walked to open the inning. On the play, Cates made a diving stop and jumped to his feet, firing to the plate and cutting down Drew Carson to end the inning.

In the sixth, Michael Ewing singled and eventually scored on a throwing error to cut the lead to one.

U of L starter Tyler Mathis, making his collegiate debut, twirled a solid 5.2 innings allowing two runs - one earned on four hits and two walks, striking out two.

Skylar Meade then stepped in and allowed a hit and a walk, striking out one in an inning and a third.

Cates was hit by a pitch to lead off the Cardinal eighth and scored when Dominguez tucked a double inside the bag at third. Jorge Castillo then lashed a double of his own down the right field line for a 5-2 Cardinal advantage.



James Belanger, who had set down the side in order in the eighth, surrendered a leadoff single to Jeremy Davis in the fateful ninth. Belanger then retired the next two batters before walking Eddie Burger.

Colby Wark entered and hit the first batter he faced, loading the bases. Sutton then singled home two, trimming the lead to 5-4.

Wark hit James Ewing with a 3-1 pitch to load up the bases for the second time in the inning, before Michael Ewing's single to center plated the tying and winning runs.

Eagles starter Barry Bowden lasted six frames, allowing three runs on five hits and a walk, fanning five. Jared Cavenaugh was touched for a pair of runs on a hit, striking out one in an inning and a third.

Lefty Tyler Conn also worked one and a third innings, giving up three hits and a walk, striking out one. He loaded the bases in the ninth and gave way to Patrick Ezell who managed to strike out Dominguez to end the inning, setting up the Eagle rally.

Ezell earned the win to improve to 1-0 on the season. Wark dropped to 0-1, giving up two runs on two hits without retiring a batter. Belanger was touched for two runs on a hit and a walk, striking out two.

Daniel Burton, Dominguez and Rodriguez each had two hits, with Dominguez driving in three.

The Cardinals will close the tournament against Southern Illinois Sunday at 12:00 p.m. ET. Freshman Justin Marks (0-0, 0.00) is set to take the hill for the Cards, opposing Shawn Joy (0-1, 0.00) for the Salukis.

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