March 26, 2011
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Jeremy Schaffer homered and the delivered a game-winning RBI groundout in the top of the 10th to lead No. 23 Tulane over No. 25 Southern Miss 16-15 in a wild affair here Saturday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
The victory snapped a six-game losing to the Golden Eagles for Tulane (18-5 overall, 1-1 C-USA) in a game that featured two ties and two lead changes.
Southern Miss collected a season-high 21 hits as Adam Doleac collected a career-best five hits, while Kameron Brunty, Tyler Koelling and B.A. Vollmuth added three apiece and Isaac Rodriguez and Justin Diliberto added two each.
The Golden Eagles (17-5, 1-1) rallied from two large deficits in the contest, battling back from 7-0 and then 14-8 setbacks.
Tyler Koelling provided the home team's lone lead in the eighth when he blasted a Nick Pepitone pitch over the leftfield wall, a three-run shot and his second round-tripper in the last two days, to give the Golden Eagles a 15-14 advantage heading into the ninth.
Schaffer, though, tied the game with a leadoff home run to in the top of the ninth off of USM closer Collin Cargill (1-1) to tie the score at 15-apiece.
The Golden Eagles got runners on first and second in the bottom of the frame on a Doleac single and a Chase Fowler walk, but could not convert, sending the game into extra frames.
After a strikeout to open the 10th, Brennan Middleton walked and Matt Ryan singled to put runners at the corners. Schaffer then hit a grounder to short and Vollmuth's throw to the play was high and Middleton was able to get in under the tag.
Cargill, who three the final three innings, allowed two runs on three hits with three walks and four strikeouts to suffer the loss. Six Golden Eagle pitchers combined to issue 12 walks in the game.
Alex Facundus threw the final two innings for the Green Wave and limited the Golden Eagles to a walk and two hits to capture the win and improve to 5-0 on the season.
The deciding game of the series will take place Sunday, at 1 p.m. Southern Miss will send sophomore righthander Geoffrey Thomas (4-1, 1.60 ERA) to the mound against Tulane righty Robby Broach (1-0, 5.68 ERA).
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