April 3, 2011
ORLANDO, Fla. - Marc Bourgeois collected two hits and drove home three runs to lead No. 20 Southern Miss past No. 23 UCF 5-2 here Sunday afternoon at Jay Bergman Field.
With the win, the Golden Eagles (22-5, 5-1 C-USA) completed the sweep over the Knights and won for the eighth time in Orlando. The victory was also the fifth in a row for Southern Miss.
Kameron Brunty added two hits for Southern Miss and Tyler Koelling added two RBI in the contest.
Golden Eagle starter Jonathan Thompson (3-0) limited the Knights to four hits over six innings as he surrendered a lone run with two walks and three stikeouts to capture the victory. Dillon Day threw the final three innings to capture his first save. Day allowed a run and a hit with a walk and a strikeout.
The Golden Eagles opened the scoring with a solo run in the top of the first. Kameron Brunty led off the game with a bunt single on the contest's first pitch. Brunty then stole second and went to third on a wild pitch before scoring on a Tyler Koelling sacrifice fly.
The Knights tied the score in the bottom of the frame as Darnell Sweeney doubled opened the inning with a double. After a sacrifice, Ronnie Richardson knocked home Sweeney on a groundout to second base.
A bunt single by Justin Diliberto started the third inning. After a sacrifice and a groundout, Koelling singled home Diliberto. Koelling then scored two batters later at Marc Bourgeois delivered an RBI single through the right side.
UCF (19-9, 2-4) closed the gap with a sacrifice fly by Sweeney in the bottom of the seventh.
Southern Miss then extended the lead in the eighth as Brunty led off with a single. After a groundout, B.A. Vollmuth was intentionally walked. Following a balk, Bourgeois laced a single through the right side to plate the game's final two runs.
UCF starter Ray Hanson (2-1) allowed three runs (two earned) over five-plus innings as he allowed six hits and fanned four to suffer the loss.
The Golden Eagles return to action when they travel to Trustmark Park in Pearl to face in-state foe Mississippi State.