May 22, 2010
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The 2010 home season finished just like it started at Pete Taylor Park back in February, with Todd McInnis pitching Southern Miss to a win and Adam Doleac leading the offensive attack.
Back on February 20 in the season opener McInnis threw six shutout innings allowing only one hit in an 11-0 victory over Northwestern State. In the last game at Pete Taylor Park this afternoon the junior from Brandon, Miss. was at it again. Today he threw 6.2 innings without allowing an earned run and only three hits to defeat Memphis 5-3.
"What Todd did today was as gutsy of a performance as I have had in 26 years of coaching college baseball," head coach Scott Berry said. "Knowing the magnitude and what it meant to this team not only for the C-USA Tournament but for NCAA considerations what he did today was simply outstanding."
Also in the season opener Adam Doleac was two-for-five including a two-run home run, the first Golden Eagle home run of the season. Today Doleac's two-run home run in the bottom of the fifth was not only the last home run that will be hit at "The Pete" this yearn, it turned out to be the difference in the game.
Memphis jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second as the Southern Miss defense fell apart, committing three errors on the scorecard and another two that does not show up as official errors. The only hit of the inning was a double that right fielder Tyler Koelling lost in the sun and was nearly hit with as it fell from the sky.
The Golden Eagles misplayed two groundballs that could have ended the inning without a run and bobbled another ball that should have been a double play, but only one out was recorded. The two runs came on groundball the groundball hit right at third base that Archer kicked.
Though McInnis fell behind early with some tough luck he would settle down and face the minimum over the next 4.1 innings. Over that period he faced 13 hitters with only two reaching base, a hit batter in the third and a single in the fifth, but both were erased on double plays.
"He (Todd) was determined that he was going to give his team a chance to win today. He has fought all year long for us and he has stayed in there and gave us a chance to win just about every time he took the mound. I could not be any prouder of him than I am right now."
McInnis (6-5) turned the game over in the seventh to Golden Eagle closer Collin Cargill, but not before he received a curtain call from the Southern Miss faithful.
Cargill took care of the rest. He retired the first four hitters he faced before giving up a leadoff single to start the ninth to Chad Zurcher, who would score later in the inning on a groundball error that should have ended the game. Cargill ended the game to a thunderous roar two batters later when he struck out DH Heath Hatfield to earn his ninth save of the year.
Down 2-0 Southern Miss got on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning as Dillon Day singled and stole second before Archer drove him in with a single back up the middle. Taylor Walker followed with a solid double to right-center field to score Archer and tie the game at two.
The Golden Eagles added two more run in the bottom of the fifth as Vollmuth singled and Doelac ripped his fifth home run of the season, his first since April 3rd, a two-run shot to put Southern Miss up 4-2.
The black and gold added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth as Chase Fowler and Tyler Koelling hit back-to-back singles before Kameron Brunty picked up an RBI on a bloop single just inside the right field line to score Fowler.
With the win today Southern Miss has earned the two seen in next week's C-USA tournament and will face Memphis at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at Cougar Field.
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