March 13, 2010
HATTIESBURG, Miss.- Senior right-hander Scott Copeland pitched the best game of his career with a three-hit, compete game shutout over visiting Missouri State Saturday afternoon in a 6-0 victory.
"I think we set the tone in the first inning," head coach Scott Berry said. "Scott (Copeland) retired them on five pitches then we put up four runs without really hitting any of them hard but we executed and came up with four runs, Copeland just took over from there."
Copeland (3-0) completely dominated the Missouri State hitters all afternoon, needing only 98 pitches and a hour and 54 minutes for the complete game shutout. He retired the final 11 hitters and 16 of the last 17 hitters to complete his masterful performance.
On the afternoon Copeland rolled 15 ground ball outs, including a double play, while facing only two hitters over the minimum and striking out eight without walking anyone.
He allowed only three hits in the game, all ground balls that made it through the infield, and only one runner reached as far as second base.
Copeland got all the run support he would need when Southern Miss scored four runs in the first inning then added a run in both the fifth and seventh.
Southern Miss (9-4) wasted no time jumping out to an early lead scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning. The first three Golden Eagle hitters loaded the bases with no outs and Doleac, B.A. Vollmuth, Doss and Tyler Koelling delivered four consecutive RBI for a 4-0 lead at the end of the first frame.
Brunty singled to lead off the fifth inning and came around to score on Doss' sacrifice fly.
Walker started the seventh with a bunt single and came around to score on Doleac's sacrifice fly for the sixth and final run of the game.
Southern Miss will try for the sweep tomorrow afternoon, first pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. with Jeff Stanley getting his first weekend start of the season.
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