March 15, 2011
NATCHITOCHES, La. -
Southern Miss exploded for seven runs in the top of the ninth to break a tie score and beat Northwestern State 9-2 here Tuesday afternoon at Brown-Stroud Field.
The win was the fourth straight for the Golden Eagles (12-3), who started a five-game road swing with the victory. Southern Miss also recorded its fourth-straight, double-digit hit performance with 14. Tyler Koelling, B.A. Vollmuth and Travis Creel each paced the Golden Eagle attack with two hits.
With the game knotted at 2-2, Southern Miss registered five consecutive hits with one out in the final inning. Kameron Brunty gave the Eagles the lead for good with a run-scoring single. Koelling then drove in a run with a single before Vollmuth blasted a three-run homer to left-centerfield for his sixth round-tripper of the season.
The Golden Eagles then finished the scoring with a run on a wild pitch and an RBI single from Travis Creel.
The game remained close mostly because of USM freshman Boomer Scarborough, who threw five no-hit innings for the Golden Eagles. In his first collegiate start, Scarborough retired the first 10 batters he faced before Drew Helenhi reached on a throwing error from Creel. Although he did not record a decision, Scarborough allowed a run on three hits over six innings in a solid initial start.
The Demons (5-11) got their first hit of the game to start the sixth and later scored on a Helenihi RBI single to cut the margin to 2-1. NSU then tied the game one frame later on a wild pitch. USM, though, got out of the inning with any more damage as Koelling threw out a runner who tagged up from third on a fly out to get out of the frame.
The Golden Eagles got on the board first with a pair of runs in the second. Mark Ellis started the inning off with an infield single. After a sacrifice by Isaac Rodriguez, Adam Doleac walked. Creel then knocked in the first run of the game with a double and Chase Fowler plated Doleac on a groundout.
Jackson Posey (1-0), the third of four pitchers, got the victory as the allowed just one hit over an inning to register the victory. Dustin Northcott (1-1) suffered the loss by allowing two runs on four hits and tallied two strikeouts.
Southern Miss continues its road swing this weekend when they play in the Cougar Invitational starting Friday in Charleston, S.C. The Golden Eagles open the event with host College of Charleston at 4 p.m.