May 20, 2010
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Senior pitcher Scott Copeland continued his outstanding senior campaign by firing a complete game to lead Southern Miss past Memphis 9-3 at Pete Taylor Park Thursday evening.
Copeland (9-0) needed only 106 pitches to work the full nine innings while allowing only one earned run and striking out four. Southern Miss improved to 11-1 in the games Copeland has started this season.
"Scott (Copeland) had really good stuff and was able to induce a lot of ground balls tonight," head coach Scott Berry said. "His defense played pretty well behind him on a tough night with a wet field but I am very proud of the way he preformed tonight."
Southern Miss (31-20) used the small ball approach tonight and manufactured runs with four sacrifice bunts and two sacrifice flies in the game. The Golden Eagles scored in each of their final five innings and in six of their eight at-bats.
The Southern Miss defense turned three double plays in the final three innings to help keep Copeland's pitch count down. The Golden Eagles, who lead the nation in twin-killings, have now turned 70 double plays this season.
The Golden Eagles struck for two unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning as Kameron Brunty drew a leadoff walk and Taylor Walker reached on a fielding error by the shortstop, that could have been a double play ball. B.A. Vollmuth plated the first run on a single through the right side after Adam Doleac sacrificed both runners into scoring position. Mark Ellis knocked in the final run on a RBI groundout.
Memphis cut the Southern Miss lead in half with two singles putting runners on and a Copeland wild pitch allowed the only run of the frame to score.
The Tigers took the lead in the top of the fourth inning with a two-out rally as they stung together three singles mixed in with a Vollmuth error. The big hit was Derrick Thomas' two-RBI single to put Memphis ahead 3-2.
The Golden Eagles scratched across a run in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game at three. Dillon Day drew a leadoff walk and went to third on Chase Folwer's single down the right field line. Tyler Koelling delivered a sacrifice fly to score Day and tie the game.
Southern Miss took the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Taylor Walker was hit by a pitch and Vollmuth singled to start the inning. Both runners advanced 90 feet on Doleac's sacrifice bunt and Walker came in to score on a sacrifice fly by Ellis.
The black and gold added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth as Archer laced a single into right-center field to start the rally and was sacrificed to second by Folwer. Tyler Koelling ripped a triple in the right-center field gap to score Walker and came in three pitches later on a wild pitch.
Southern Miss scored for the fourth consecutive inning in the bottom of the seventh as Adam Doleac drew a leadoff walk before being replaced by Marc Bourgeous. Ellis laid down the fourth sac bunt of the game to move Bourgeois to second then Dillon Day drew a walk and Archer was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Chase Fowler picked up the RBI on a ground ball to first base that Memphis' Trey Weidman could not handle scoring Bourgeois.
Vollmuth drew a lead off walk and Bourgeois singled up the middle to start the rally in the bottom of the eighth inning. Dillon Day picked up both of his RBI on a solid single to right to cap the Southern Miss scoring.
The two teams meet for game two of the series tomorrow, first pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
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