March 25, 2011
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -
The offense continued its dominance and Todd McInnis became the school's all-time victory leader as No. 25 Southern Miss posted a season-high run total in a 16-4 victory over No. 23 Tulane her e Friday night at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field in both team's Conference USA opener.
The Golden Eagles (17-4 overall, 1-0 C-USA) won for the sixth consecutive time over the Green Wave dating back to the 2009 C-USA Tournament as the team scored in double digits for the second-straight time.
Todd McInnis limited the Green Wave to two runs (one earned) over seven innings and scattered six hits and four walks, while fanning five to become the school's all-time win leader with 30. The senior from Brandon, Miss., surpassed Darrell Lindsey who tallied 29 from 1985-88. This season he has posted a 5-1 mark.
Kameron Brunty, Tyler Koelling and Adam Doleac drove in three runs apiece as the Golden Eagles collected 11 hits in the game. It was the third time in the last four games Southern Miss has posted 10 or more hits.
The Golden Eagles chased Tulane starter Conrad Flynn in the third after collecting a second-inning RBI double from Mark Ellis and then a four-run explosion in the third that including Koelling's first home run of the season, a solo shot.
Flynn (2-3) allowed four runs over 2 2/3 and gave up five hits and three walks with just one strikeout.
The Golden Eagles added four more runs in the fifth and six more in the seventh, before finishing the game with a pair of tallies in the eighth.
Doleac, Ellis, B.A. Vollmuth and Chase Fowler each paced the Golden Eagles with two hits each. Quinn Pippin notched two of the 10 hits for the Green Wave (17-4, 0-1).
The two teams return to action Saturday in a 2 p.m., contest. Southern Miss will send righthander Jonathan Thompson (2-0, 4.43 ERA) to the mound against righthander Kyle McKenzie (2-2, 3.43 ERA).