Feb. 20, 2011
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Tyler Koelling knocked home three runs and a trio of Southern Miss pitchers combined to shutout Eastern Illinois, 6-0, here Sunday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field to complete the three-game sweep.
A crowd of 3,333 saw the Golden Eagles score three times in both the third and fourth frames as that was all the scoring in the game. Over 3,000 fans attended each game over the weekend the series total was 10,447.
Southern Miss coach Scott Berry's has began his Golden Eagle career by winning his opening series in each of his first two seasons, including two of three victories over Northwestern State last season.
"Any time you play in Division I baseball it's tough to keep your guys focused and go out and sweep a weekend, I don't care who you are," said Berry. "We didn't play our best game today, but we played well enough to win. It showed us that we still have some work to do in some areas, but a win's a win and that's where we want to be."
The Golden Eagles (3-0) got their third-straight solid start out of its pitching staff as Josh Thomason scattered five hits over six inning with a walk and a strikeout to capture the victory. Josh Rogers added two scoreless innings and Collin Cargill worked around two singles in the ninth to complete the blanking of the Panthers.
In the third, Southern Miss started its scoring with Koelling collecting a one-out RBI double before Mark Ellis knocked in a run on a sacrifice fly. Koelling completed the scoring by coming home on a wild pitch off of EIU starter Christian Slazinik. The freshman lefthander allowed four runs (one earned) on four hits and two walks over three-plus innings to suffer the loss.
Slazinik got chased after one batter in the fourth as Isaac Rodriguez opened the frame with a solo home run to left, his first of the season. Koelling then finished the game's scoring with a two-run single.
Junior shortstop B.A. Vollmuth had to wait until his final at bat to extend his team-high hitting streak to 23 games, after his skein was extended in the eighth on a batted ball that hit the third base and allowed him to reach safely.
Southern Miss also took advantage of three EIU errors as Panther pitching allowed just three earned runs in the contest.
The Golden Eagles continue their season-opening homestand Tuesday (Feb. 22) when they entertain Louisiana-Monroe in a 4 p.m., contest.
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