March 20, 2010
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RUSTON, La -
Southern Miss belted five home runs as they evened the series with La. Tech, by taking the second game 15-7 in Ruston, La. Saturday night.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at 3:00 p.m. but a line of thunderstorms in the Ruston area postponed the game to a 7:15 start, though the weather was miserable for most of the game with light rain and winds blowing almost the entire contest.
Southern Miss (13-5) opened the top of the first with seven runs, including a three-run home runs by both B.A. Vollmuth and Anthony Doss, and never looked back.
"The key tonight was the way we came out and scored seven runs in the first inning," head coach Scott Berry said. "After that (Scott) Copeland gave us five shutout innings which put us in a great position to win the ball game."
Vollmuth, Doss, Dillon Day, Joey Archer and Kameron Brunty all went deep in the game as Southern Miss improved to 5-0 on Saturday's this season.
Scott Copeland (4-0) was outstanding through the first five innings, before tiring into the sixth inning. He extended his scoreless inning streak to 16 consecutive innings, before surrendering his first run in three weeks in the sixth inning.
Copeland was the benefactor of three double plays in the first four innings, turned by Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles had four twin-killings in the game tonight and turned their second triple play of the season.
In the bottom of the ninth with runners on first and second B.A. Vollmuth caught a line drive with the runners moving, stepped on second and threw over to first for a game ending triple play. Vollmuth also turned the other triple play this season against La. Monroe on March 3.
Joey Archer led the offensive attack with four hits, including a home run and two doubles, with three runs scored and three RBI.
The Southern Miss offense wasted little time getting on the board in tonight as Dillon Day drew a leadoff walk to start the top of the first and Taylor Walker was hit by the first pitch he saw, putting the first two runners on. B.A. Vollmuth quickly cleared the bases with his third home run of the season, a towering shot over the left-center field wall.
The first innings rally continued as Mark Ellis was hit by a pitch and Joey Archer doubled just past third base down the left field line, setting up Anthony Doss, who hit the second three-run home run of the inning.
Travis Graves doubled, advanced to third a on ground ball to the right side and came around to score on a wild pickoff throw by Tech's catcher Clint Ewing.
Dillon Day put the Golden Eagles up 8-0 with his first career home run in the top of the fourth inning, a solo shot that cleared the left-center field wall.
Joey Archer blasted his third home run of the season in the top of the fifth inning, a towering two-run shot that hit off the apartments behind left-center field to put Southern Miss up 10-0.
Southern Miss added three more run in the top of the sixth inning as Kameron Brunty hit a solo home run and Joey Archer ripped a RBI double for the first two runs of the inning. Archer came around to score the final run on a RBI ground out by Tyler Koelling.
La. Tech chased Copeland from the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, putting up six runs, keyed by Deven Dageford's solo home run and a two-run shot by Clint Ewing.
Tech added another run in the bottom of the seventh on a RBI singe by Phillip Menue cutting the Southern Miss lead to six runs.
In the top of the ninth, Taylor Walker and Vollmuth both came around to score on wild pitches
The two teams will meet for the rubber game of the series tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m., Jeff Stanley with toe the rubber for Southern Miss.