June 2, 2011
Todd McInnis was named third-team All-American Thursday by Collegiate Baseball.
McInnis, a native of Brandon, Miss., and the Conference USA Pitcher of the Year, posted an 8-2 record in 2011 with a 2.61 earned run average. The Northwest Rankin High School product is the school's all-time victory leader at the school with 33, and also is tops at Southern Miss in career starts (67) and innings pitched (386.1).
This is the second honor from Collegiate Baseball for McInnis, who collected Freshman All-America honors during the 2008 campaign.
In his career, McInnis has been named C-USA's Pitcher of the Year twice and first-team honors three times, while also garnering an All C-USA Academic Team nod three times.
McInnis is expected to take the mound for the No. 2 seed Golden Eagles when they open their ninth-straight regional, and 12th overall, Friday at 2 p.m., CT., against in-state foe and No. 3 seed Mississippi State (34-23). It will be the first meeting between the two schools in the postseason on the diamond.
The Golden Eagles (39-17) feature six players hitting over .300 including senior Tyler Koelling, the 2011 Cellular South Ferriss Trophy winner, with a .367 average to go along with 18 doubles, four home runs and 46 RBI. After missing three games in the C-USA Tournament last week with a hamstring injury, Koelling is expected to be in the lineup tomorrow for the Golden Eagles.
Senior Marc Bourgeois is next for Southern Miss at .352, while Adam Doleac is at .338. Doleac, a senior from Hattiesburg, is questionable for the contest after hurting his left foot versus Houston last week in Pearl.
Ashley Graeter, who has hit safely in 22 of 24 games since being inserted in the lineup on April 15 against New Orleans, currently holds a .331 batting average, while junior infielder B.A. Vollmuth, the team's top home run (12) and RBI (48) performer, is at .303 and junior outfielder Kameron Brunty has a .300 average.
This will be the second meeting for the two teams this season, as the Bulldogs won the initial meeting 5-4 at Trustmark Park in Pearl, on April 5.
In the other matchup of the day, No. 1 seed Georgia Tech entertains No. 4 seed Austin Peay at 6 p.m., CT.
The game can be heard on one of the affiliates of the Southern Miss Sports Network from IMG College, while the games will also be televised on CSS.
The Southern Miss Ticket Office is selling tickets for Southern Miss sessions ONLY. Fans can purchase them for $10/ticket per session by calling 1-800-844-TICK. All-Session tickets may also be purchased by the general public beginning Tuesday, May 31 at 8:30 a.m. at www.ramblinwreck.com/tickets, in person at the Georgia Tech Athletic Ticket Office or over the telephone at 404-894-5447 or 888-TECH-TIX.
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