McInnis and Hester Combine for Two-Hit Shutout in 11-0 Victory
Feb. 19, 2010
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The No. 21 ranked Southern Miss baseball team opened the 2010 season with an 11-0 victory over Northwestern State Friday evening at Pete Taylor Park behind an offensive explosion and stellar performances on the mound by Todd McInnis and Seth Hester.
"I thought we played every phase of the game the way we are supposed to play them tonight. We ran the bases, handled the bat, played defense and pitched," head coach Scott Berry said. "Our pitching threw extremely well tonight and it started with Todd (McInnis) setting the tone and Seth (Hester) finishing it off over the final three innings."
McInnis showed why he was selected a preseason All-American and C-USA Preseason Pitcher of the Year tonight as he completely dominated Northwestern over six innings.
Through the first five and two-thirds he only allowed one base runner, a hit batter, before surrendering his only hit with two outs in the sixth inning. He struck out nine Demon hitters and walked none.
Hester finished off the game with three innings of one hit ball while striking out one, picking up his first career save.
The Southern Miss offense game them plenty of support as well. Adam Doleac led the charge with a two-run home run, two-RBI triple and a sacrifice fly.
The Southern Miss offense found their stride in the bottom of the first inning putting together a two-out rally started by a Kameron Brunty single. Joey Archer followed with a RBI double before B.A. Vollmuth flared a soft single down the right field line to score Archer.
Adam Doleac capped the innings two-out rally with his first career home run, a two-run shot over the left field wall to give the Golden Eagles a 4-0 lead.
The Golden Eagles added two more runs in the fifth on a two-RBI triple by Adam Doleac to make the score 6-0.
The run onslaught continued in the sixth as Southern Miss sent 10 batters to the plate scoring five runs. Tyler Koelling executed a perfect hit and run after a Travis Graves single to put runners on the corners.
Marc Bourgeois picked up his first career RBI on a sacrifice fly to score Graves. Brunty continued the rally with a RBI double and Archer Followed with a two-RBI single to make the score 10-0.
Doleac knocked in his fifth run of the game on a sacrifice fly to complete the frame and make the score 11-0.
The two teams will face off in game two of the series tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at "The Pete."