March 18, 2011
MT. PLEASANT, S.C. - Kameron Brunty had three hits and drove in a career-high tying six runs to lead Southern Miss to a 7-2 baseball victory over No. 20 College of Charleston here Friday night in the opening day of the Cougar Invitational.
The Golden Eagles (13-3) won for the fifth-straight time as Tyler Koelling led the way with a career-high tying five hits of the team's 13 and the Golden Eagles registered their fifth consecutive game of collecting at least 10 hits.
Brunty, though, was the hitting star as he tied a school record with a pair of triples and also collected a home run, his first of the season.
The junior from Gulf Breeze, Fla., drove in two runs in the second inning with a triple to right field and then scored on a single by Koelling to make the score 3-0. Brunty then added a three-run home run in the fifth as he knocked home Marc Bourgeois, who was hit by a pitch, and Mark Ellis, who singled. Ellis ended the day with three hits as well.
The last run was scored on a Brunty triple to right, scoring Chase Fowler who was hit by a pitch as well.
The Golden Eagles also got solid pitching. Todd McInnis breezed his way through the order the first time, striking out six and suffered only one blemish, a home run to Jose Rodriguez, which came in the second frame.
Daniel Aldrich plated the other run off of McInnis with a single in the sixth for the Cougars (15-4).
McInnis (4-1) finished the game by allowing just two runs on four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts over six innings to garner his school-record tying 29th career victory, tying him with Darrell Lindsey (1985-88).
Chase Horn scattered four hits and fanned one over the final three frames to collect his second save of the year.
Charleston starter David Peterson got tagged for six runs on nine hits and four walks with three strikeouts over 4 2/3 to suffer the loss and fall to 3-1.
The Golden Eagles return to action Saturday when they take on Rhode Island (8-6). The Rams beat Connecticut earlier Friday, 18-3. Game time is set for 4 p.m., CT.
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