March 30, 2011
Final Stats |
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -
short fly ball to leftfield in the bottom of the 10th was dropped and pinch runner Travis Creel
raced home from first to lift No. 20 Southern Miss over Ole Miss 4-3 here Tuesday night in front of a record crowd of 5,689 at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
The Golden Eagles (19-5) won for the second-straight time as they improved to 13-2 at home this season.
Kameron Brunty, Isaac Rodriguez and Justin Diliberto each had two hits in the contest, but it was an Ole Miss error in the final extra frame that lifted Southern Miss to the victory.
In the decisive inning, the Golden Eagles flied out twice to open the frame. The second out, though, by Marc Bourgeois, was deep to rightfield and Jordan Poole made an incredible grab. While making the grab, he hit the outfield wall hard but was able to hold on to the ball. Poole was down for a few minutes but left under his own power and was replaced in the contest.
Now, with two outs, Isaac Rodriguez singled up the middle off of Ole Miss reliever Blair Wright. After Creel was brought in to run, Doleac lifted a Brett Huber 2-0 pitch, who entered the game to face the senior first baseman. Doleac lifted a short flyball to left that Tanner Mathis misplayed and Creel raced around for the winning tally.
The Golden Eagles opened the scoring in the first inning on a Rodriguez RBI single, but the Rebels (18-8) got a run-scoring double from Preston Overbey in the second and then added a sacrifice fly from Matt Smith and another RBI double from Overbey to make the score 3-1.
Brunty cut the gap in the fifth on a solo home run to right, his second of the year, and Tyler Koelling knocked home the tying run in the seventh on a single back up the middle.
Freshman Boomer Scarborough, despite not figuring in the decision, threw 7 2/3 solid innings as he allowed three runs on six hits and four walks with three strikeouts. Dillon Day then threw a shutout inning for the Eagles, before All-American closer Collin Cargill threw the final 1 1/3 to get the win and improve to
2-1 on the season.
Wright, the fifth of six Rebel pitchers, suffered the loss and fell to 0-1. He allowed an unearned run and a hit.
Southern Miss returns to action, Friday, when they travel to Orlando for Conference USA series against UCF. Game times are 5:30 p.m., Friday, 3 p.m., Saturday and 11 a.m., Sunday. Game times listed are for the central time zone.