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McInnis Pitches Baseball To 6-1 Win Over South Alabama

Feb. 20, 2007

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Todd McInnis pitched seven strong innings in his first career start, earning the win, giving up one run on four hits, walking two and striking out seven to lead Southern Miss to a 6-1 victory over South Alabama, today, at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in front of 2,823 in attendance.

McInnis (1-0) retired 10 of the last 11, including nine in a row before giving up a single and then retired the following batter. He struck out at least one batter in every inning but the second and the fourth innings. Tyler Conn pitched the final two innings, not giving up a hit and striking out one batter.

Southern Miss (4-0) was led by Brian Dozier and Bailey Hartel with two hits each, and Trey Sutton finished with a game-high two RBIs. South Alabama (2-2) had four batters finished with one hit each.

Jaguar starting pitcher Brandon Sage (0-1) was credited with the loss, pitching five innings, giving up four runs, three earned on five hits, walking three and striking out one. Kevin Nabors came on in relief of Sage in the sixth inning, giving up two unearned runs on three hits. Tyler Kearns pitched the final two innings, giving up one hit, walking one and striking out three.

South Alabama threatened in the first inning. Clint Toomey reached on a fielding error by USM third baseman Chris Matesich, advanced to second when Ryne Jernigan walked and to third when David Doss reached when he was hit with two outs. McInnins fielded Eric Shortell's grounder and threw him out at first to end the inning.

The Golden Eagles took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Michael Ewing led off the inning with a walk, moved to second on Hartel's single through the left side and scored on Eddie Burger's single through the left side.

South Alabama tied the game in the fourth inning. David Doss led off the inning with a single to left field, moved to second on Joel Collins' ground out to first base and scored on Billy Kleinschrodt's single to left field.

Southern Miss scored five runs in the sixth inning to break the game open at 6-1. Ewing doubled to right center to lead off the inning and scored when Jeremy Davis' sacrifice bunt was fielded by pitcher Brandon Sage and thrown over the head of first baseman Jeff Cunningham. Hartel reached on a bunt down the third base line, and Davis advanced to third. Chris Matesich reached on a bunt down the third base line to score Davis and advance Hartel to second. Dozier doubled to left center to plate Hartel, and Sutton hit a two-out double to center to score both Matesich and Dozier.

The Golden Eagles host New Orleans on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m., at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.

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