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Baseball Rallies Late to Win 7-3




Feb. 20, 2010

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The No. 21 ranked Southern Miss baseball team improved to 2-0 on the young season scoring four runs in their final two at bats to win 7-3 over Northwestern State.

"I think we learned something today, we had an emotional win last night with it being the first game of the year and played very well in all phases of the game, but I think what we can take from today is that we need to forget about the day before and know it is a new game every day," head coach Scott Berry said.

Southern Miss (2-0) rallied to break a three-three tie with four runs in their final tow at bats, but it was the Golden Eagle bullpen that keep the game close.

Scott Copeland threw six innings allowing four hits and three runs, only two of which were earned, with a walk and two strikeouts.

The bullpen was solid for the Golden Eagles this afternoon and held off the Demons (0-2) late surges. Freshman Jay Myrick made his collegiate debut in the seventh inning and worked himself into a jam, leaving the game with one out and the bases loaded.

Cody Schlagel entered in relief of Myrick and threw one pitch to get a double play and end the threat.

Schlagel worked his way into a jam in the eighth and loaded the bases before Collin Cargill was summoned from the bullpen, he promptly started a one-six-three double play to end the rally.

The double play was the fourth of the afternoon for Southern Miss, who led the nation in twin-killings last season.

"We made to many mistakes all the way around, but we did pitch our way out of it. Our pitching staff continued to throw ground balls and we got some double plays in key situations," Berry said.

With the game tied in the seventh inning the Southern Miss offense struck for three runs keyed by a B.A. Vollmuth's sacrifice fly to the warning track with the bases loaded and Mark Ellis' two-RBI double to left-field.

Taylor Walker added an insurance run in the bottom of the eight with a solo home run.

The Southern Miss offense struck for three runs in the second inning, keyed by Adam Doleac's two-RBI double. Joey Archer started the rally with a leadoff walk and BA Vollmuth doubled off the centerfield wall before Doleac drove them home.

The Golden Eagles loaded the bases and Taylor Walker hit a soft ground ball that the Northwestern third baseman Chase Lyles kicked, allowing Travis Graves to score from third for a 3-0 lead.

Northwestern scored a run in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. All three runs were scored on balls that did not leave the infield.

Doleac had two more hits today and is now four-for-five on the season, with seven RBI, tying his season total from 2009 in 26 games.

Tyler Koelling had a team high three hits and Ellis had two on the afternoon with two RBI.

The two teams will meet for the final game of the series tomorrow with a 1:00 p.m. first pitch. Jeff Stanley will get the start for Southern Miss.

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