Wild inning gives Southern Miss 5-4 lead

June, 14, 2009
Southern Miss probably couldn't have packed more emotion and drama into a half-inning than the series of events that transpired in the top of the eighth inning that saw the Golden Eagles regain the lead over Texas, 5-4.

The Golden Eagles used a leadoff double from a pinch-hitter, a sacrifice bunt, a passed ball to score a pinch-runner, a catcher's interference call on Texas' Cameron Rupp to load the bases, a walk with the bases loaded to score the tying run and poor execution by the Longhorns to score the go-ahead run.

Oh yeah, and Brian Dozier returned to the lineup after missing the last six weeks with a broken collarbone.

All told, the Golden Eagles lead the Longhorns heading into the bottom half of the eighth inning, 5-4.

Texas starter Cole Green was pulled after giving up a leadoff double to pinch-hitter Adam Doleac, making way for the Longhorns' NCAA tournament hero Austin Wood. But Wood, facing a full count against Corey Stevens with the bases loaded, couldn't throw a strike on the pay-off pitch, walking home the tying run.

For his part, Dozier didn't even need to make any contact to earn his first base since being injured in April, as Rupp was called for catcher's interference, the first time that call has been made at the CWS in 28 years.



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