March 17, 2009
PEARL, Miss. - Southern Miss took an early lead and held on to defeat instate rival and No. 25 ranked Mississippi State 10-7 in front of 7,947 fans at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss. Tuesday evening. The crowd was the second largest in Trustmark Park history.
"Tonight was a good college baseball game in a great environment, the crowd was tremendous and really into the game all night long" head coach Corky Palmer said. "We played a clean game for the first seven innings then lost the strike zone a little late but held on for a big win."
The win marks the third consecutive victory over the Bulldogs for Southern Miss, including the two wins last season in Hattiesburg.
Southern Miss jumped out to a 10-1 lead after five innings but State rallied back to score six runs in the final three frames to make the game interesting including bringing the go ahead run to the plate in the ninth inning.
Southern Miss opened the scoring in the top of the first inning as Taylor Walker drew a lead off walk and Kameron Brunty followed with a flare into short center field but Walker was thrown out at second after freezing to see if the ball would be caught. Brian Dozier extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a double to left-center.
Bo Davis continued his hot streak with a two-RBI single through the right side to score Brunty and Dozier. Corey Stevens drew a walk and Joey Archer followed with a RBI single to score Davis and end the day for Mississippi State starter Ricky Bowen.
Travis Graves picked up a two-out RBI single off new pitcher Michael Busby to score Stevens from third and cap the four run first inning.
Southern Miss added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth as Brunty, Dozier and Davis all drew two out walks to load the bases and chase Busby from the game. Corey Stevens greeted new State pitcher Greg Houston with a two-RBI single to right field to score Brunty and Dozier.
With runners at first and third Stevens made a break for second to draw a throw and stay in a rundown long enough to allow Davis to score from third for a 7-0 Southern Miss lead.
State cracked the scoreboard in the top of the fifth as former Golden Eagle Luke Adkins deliver a two-out RBI single to right field.
Southern Miss added three additional runs in the bottom of the fifth as Tyler Koeling and Graves each singled with two outs and Josh Fields delivers his first home run of the season, a three run shot down the left field line to give Southern Miss a 10-1 lead.
Golden Eagle starting pitcher Todd McInnis picked up his third win of the season, working five innings allowing only four hits and one run while walking two and striking out three. He did not allow a hit until there was two outs in the fourth inning and 14 State batters had come to the plate.
State added their second run of the game in the top of the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Jason Nappi to score Nick Hardy and make the score 10-2
The Bulldogs added three late runs in the top of the eighth on a two-RBI single by Frank Radow and a throwing error at third base by centerfielder Bo Davis allowed the third run to score making the score 10-5.
State threatened in the top of the ninth as Collin Cargill walked the first three batters to load the bases with no one out before being removed for Wade Weathers. An RBI infield single and sacrifice fly platted to more runs for the Bulldogs before Weathers punched out the final hitter looking to seal the victory with the go ahead run at the plate.
The Golden Eagles return to action tomorrow at Pete Taylor Park against Northern Colorado. Junior LHP Moses Munoz will make his first start of the season for Southern Miss, fist pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
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