Offense Keys 14-5 Win Over La.- Monroe
March 3, 2010
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Thought the temperature was cold outside the bats were red hot for the Southern Miss offense at Pete Taylor Park Wednesday evening as they defeated visiting Louisiana Monroe 14-5 in front of 2,956 fans.
"I thought the offense jump started us tonight at set the tone for the game in the bottom of the first," head coach Scott Berry said. "Putting up those four runs in the first let (Jeff) Stanley set in there and pitch."
In a game that saw Southern Miss hit three triples and a turn triple play, it was junior college transfer Marc Bourgeois who stared at the plate for the Golden Eagles. He went five-for-six including a three-run home run, a triple and three singles while scoring four runs and driving in four.
The Southern Miss offense pounded out 16 hits, including eight for extra bases. It was the seventh time, in eight games, that Southern Miss has had 10 or more hits in a game.
Southern Miss (5-3) struck for four runs in the bottom of the first inning to set the tone for the game. Bourgeois led off the inning with a single and scored on a RBI single by Joey Archer. Two batters later Adam Doleac platted two runs on a RBI double and Mark Ellis capped the scoring with a RBI single.
Southern Miss added another run in the second as Bourgeois tripled and came in to score on a Taylor Walker groundout for a 5-0 lead.
The Golden Eagles put up a five runs in the third on an Ellis two-RBI double then Bourgeois launched his first homerun, a three run shot to put Southern Miss up 10-1.
La. Monroe (2-4) added two runs in both the fifth and sixth cutting the Southern Miss lead in half at 10-5.
The black and gold took the momentum back with a wild seventh inning. With Monroe at the plate in the top of the seventh freshman pitcher Dillon Day gave up two singles to lead off the inning, setting up one of the rarest plays in baseball, a triple play.
Monroe's Kelvin York hit a sharp ground ball right at B.A. Vollmuth who tagged Perry Smith on his way to third base, stepped on second base and threw over to first base for the second triple play in Southern Miss history. The other triple play was turned at TCU in the 2005 season.
The triple play killed the momentum that Monroe was starting to gain and the Southern Miss offense added a four spot in the bottom of the frame.
Tyler Koelling hit the third triple of the game for Southern Miss to drive in a run and Bourgeois knocked in his fourth run of the game with a RBI single. Vollmuth capped the scoring with a two-RBI double.
Day worked the final three innings without allowing a run to pick up his first career save.
Stanly picked up his second win of the season moving to 2-0, working five innings allowing five runs, only four of which were earned.
Southern Miss will hit the road for the first time this season as the travel to Louisiana- Lafayette for a weekend series beginning on Friday.