June 16, 2009
Magical Season Ends With Loss to North Carolina in the College World Series
OMAHA - Both the Southern Miss magical baseball season and Coach Corky Palmer's career came to an end at the hallowed ground of college baseball, Rosenblatt Stadium, on Tuesday afternoon with a 11-4 loss to No. 4 North Carolina in the College World Series.
Palmer finishes his career after leading the Golden Eagles to seven consecutive NCAA post season appearances and the pinnacle of college baseball in his final season. He amassed a 963-493 career record while going 458-281 in 12 seasons at the helm of the Golden Eagles.
Southern Miss starting pitcher JR Ballinger (6-4) danced around danger throughout the first two innings inducing two double plays and stranding five runners while allowing two RBI singles by North Carolina's Dustin Ackley to put the Tar Heels up 2-0.
The two double plays ran the season total to 83 twin-killings which leads the NCAA this season and is a new Southern Miss school record.
North Carolina's Seth Baldwin and Ben Bunting each added a two-out RBI single to put the Heels up 4-0 in the third inning and end the day for Ballinger after only 2.2 innings.
Cody Schlagel entered the game in relief of Ballinger and surrendered another RBI single to Ackley, his third in as many innings to extend the Carolina lead to 6-0.
The Heels added two more runs in the fourth inning on a two-RBI single by Ryan Graepel just under the glove of Golden eagle shortstop BA Vollmuth to extend their lead to eight runs.
Southern Miss cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth as Corey Stevens and Michael Ewing drew walks to reach base when BA Vollmuth hit his fifth home run this postseason, a three-run shot deep into the left field grand stands to make the score 8-3.
For Southern Miss it was the NCAA leading 17th home run this post season.
Carolina added their ninth run of the game on a RBI single by Kyle Seager in the top of the seventh, ending the day for Schlagel. He worked 3.1 innings allowing four runs on 10 hits while walking one and striking out two.
Jeff Stanley entered the game in relief of Schlagel and allowed the tenth Carolina run on a sacrifice fly by Mark Fleury.
The Golden Eagles scored their final run of the season in the bottom of the eighth inning as Joey Archer Doubled down to left field and came around to score on a Brian Dozier ground ball that the Carolina shortstop overthrew to first base.
Carolina tacked on their final run with a Kyle Seager solo home run.
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