March 14, 2010
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss baseball team scored 10 runs in their final two at bats, propelling the team to a 13-4 victory Sunday afternoon and a series sweep over Missouri State.
"To finally get that monkey off our back and win a Sunday game feels good," head coach Scott Berry said. "I am real proud of the way our guys came out and finished off the weekend"
Southern Miss picked up their first Sunday win of the season, and their sixth win in the last seven games, by overcoming an early 4-0 deficit with three runs in the fifth inning, six runs in the seventh and four runs in the eighth.
B.A. Vollmuth added in three RBI on a three-run home run in the seventh inning.
Jeff Stanley moved into the weekend rotation for his first Sunday start working 4.1 innings, allowing four runs on six hits while striking out five.
The bullpen was outstanding for Southern Miss this afternoon as Cody Schlagel, Seth Hester and Collin Cargill work the final 4.2 innings, allowing only three hits while striking out six and not allowing a run.
"Sunday starting pitching was still a little bit of an issue but Jeff (Stanley) settled down then Cody Schlagel came in and gave us a stop when we really need it," head coach Scott Berry said. "Seth (Hester) came in and did his job then we got the runs we needed and took the momentum."
Missouri State jumped out to an early 1-0 lead, loading the bases with no outs to start the game. Designated hitter Luke Viot singled off the leg of Stanley with the ball ricocheting to the first base side before anyone could get to it for a RBI single. Stanley struck out the next two hitters to leave the bases loaded.
Missouri State would have scored a run in the second had it not been for the defensive efforts of Kameron Brunty. The innings lead off hitter, Brett Marshall, hit a deep fly ball over the wall but Brunty leaped up and extended his arm over the wall to bring the home run back into play and record the out.
The Bears added a run in the top of the third on a solo home run and plated two more in the top of the fifth on a two-run home run, ending the day for Stanley.
Southern Miss answered right back with a three-run bottom of the fifth inning. Isaac Rodrigues singled and Travis graved doubled off the wall to start the rally. Tyler Koelling followed with a sacrifice fly and Marc Bourgeois cleared the bases with his second home run of the season , a two-run shot just inside the foul pole to make the score 4-3.
Southern Miss blew the game open in the bottom of the seventh with six runs. Marc Bourgeois plated the first run on a safety squeeze scoring Justin Diliberto from third to tie the game at four. Taylor Walker followed with an RBI single Before B.A. Vollmuth hit a three-run home run to put Southern Miss up by four.
Kameron Brunty capped the scoring with a two-RBI double down the left field line.
The eighth inning was much of the same with Bourgeois singling home Dillon Day, who had a pinch hit double to start the rally. Travis Creel followed with a RBI single and Adam Doleac hit a two- RBI double to finish off the scoring.
Southern Miss returns to action Tuesday as the host UNO for a midweek tilt, the final home game in the month of March for the Golden Eagles, who do not return to "The Pete" until April 1.
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