June 1, 2009

Southern Miss captures NCAA Atlanta Regional with 12-8 victory

ATLANTA - Freshman B.A. Vollmuth belted two home runs in a nine-run second inning for Southern Miss, and the Golden Eagles defeated Georgia Tech, 12-8, Monday night to capture the championship of the NCAA Atlanta Regional baseball tournament at Russ Chandler Stadium.

The Golden Eagles (38-24) advanced to a super regional for the first time in their history after having lost in the championship round on three occasions, and will face Florida next weekend in a super regional in Gainesville, Fla. Tech's season ends at 38-19-1.

"We have been trying hard for six years to go to the next step, and we just got there," said USM head coach Corky Palmer. "We are going to our first super regional. We worked really hard to get to this next step, and hopefully we can take it farther."

Trailing 3-0 after the first inning, Vollmuth hit two home runs in Southern Miss's decisive second inning, his first career multi-home run game. A freshman who became the regular shortstop in late April, he hit a two-run shot his first time up and a three-run blast on his second at-bat, giving him three for the tournament, all against Tech.

In between, the Golden Eagles loaded the bases on three singles, scored one on a hit batter and another on a bases loaded walk. An error on Tech third baseman Matt Skole with two out allowed two more runs to cross.

Run-scoring singles by James Ewing and Kameron Brunty against freshman reliever Jed Bradley extended USM's lead to 11-3 in the fifth.

Meanwhile, Todd McInnis (9-4), Friday night's starter against Elon, relieved starter Scott Copeland after the first and shut down the Jackets for four innings, allowing only one hit. He struck out five batters and walked two.

Both walks came in the sixth inning, leading to his exit. Tech capitalized when Derek Dietrich launched his 10th home run of the season to right off Cory Schlagel, making the score 11-6. The Jackets drew within 11-8 by scoring a pair of runs on two hits in the eighth, including a run-scoring double by pinch-hitter Thomas Nichols.

Bo Davis added a two-out solo home run in the ninth to provide the final margin.

Closer Collin Cargill came on after Nichols' double to get the final five outs and his 11th save of the season, retiring the Jackets in order save for an error by Vollmuth with one out in the ninth. But Cargill got Jason Haniger to ground into a double play to end the game, the Golden Eagles' third twin-killing of the game.

Neither starting pitcher lasted long. USM's Copeland was lifted after the first inning, when Tech scored three times on consecutive RBI singles from Jason Haniger, Matt Skole and Dietrich.

Tech All-American Deck McGuire (11-2), who went seven innings in a Friday win over Georgia State, could not hold the early Tech lead, giving up nine runs in the second on six hits. Aside from allowing the two homers to Vollmuth, he hit a batter and walked in a run.

Dietrich finished the game with three hits and four RBI for Tech. Davis, James Ewing, Joey Archer and Taylor Walker each added two hits in the Golden Eagles' 13-hit attack.

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              2009 NCAA ATLANTA REGIONAL
         Southern Miss at #13 Georgia Tech
 June 1, 2009 at Atlanta, Ga. (Russ Chandler Stadium)

Southern Miss 12 (38-24)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Bo Davis cf..............  5  2  2  1   1  1  1  0   0
James Ewing 2b...........  5  1  2  1   0  0  1  5   0
Kameron Brunty lf........  4  1  1  2   0  1  2  0   0
Corey Stevens dh.........  5  0  1  0   0  3  0  0   1
Michael Ewing rf.........  3  1  0  1   1  2  0  0   4
Joey Archer 1b...........  4  2  2  0   1  0 11  2   0
B.A. Vollmuth ss.........  5  2  2  5   0  3  2  2   2
Kyle Maxie c.............  4  1  1  0   1  1  7  0   0
 Travis Graves c.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
Taylor Walker 3b.........  5  2  2  0   0  0  1  2   1
Scott Copeland p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Todd McInnis p..........  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  0   0
 Cody Schlagel p.........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Josh Fields p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Collin Cargill p........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 40 12 13 10   4 11 27 11   8

Georgia Tech 8 (38-19-1)
Player                    AB  R  H RBI BB SO PO  A LOB
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Jeff Rowland cf..........  5  0  1  1   0  0  1  0   1
Chase Burnette dh........  3  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Jay Dantzler ph.........  0  0  0  0   1  0  0  0   0
 Jake Davies ph..........  1  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   1
Luke Murton rf...........  3  1  0  0   1  2  2  0   0
Tony Plagman 1b..........  3  2  1  0   2  0  8  1   0
Jason Haniger c..........  5  1  1  1   0  2 10  2   1
Matt Skole 3b............  3  1  1  1   1  2  0  0   1
Derek Dietrich ss........  4  2  3  4   0  0  2  0   0
Chris House lf...........  2  1  0  0   0  0  2  0   2
Jason Garofalo 2b........  3  0  0  0   0  2  2  3   0
 Thomas Nichols ph/2b....  1  0  1  1   0  0  0  2   0
Deck McGuire p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
 Jed Bradley p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  1   0
 Kevin Jacob p...........  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  0   0
Totals................... 33  8  8  8   5  8 27  9   6

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
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Southern Miss....... 090 020 001 - 12 13  1
Georgia Tech........ 300 003 020 -  8  8  3
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E - Vollmuth(7); Haniger, J.(6); Skole, M.(9); Dietrich, D.(14). 
DP - USM 3. LOB - USM 8; Georgia Tech 6. 2B - Nichols, T.(6). 
HR - Davis, B.(13); Vollmuth 2(6); Dietrich, D.(10). 
HBP - Brunty; Murton, L.; House, C. 2. SH - Ewing, J(6); 
Ewing, M(1). SB - Ewing, J(3). CS - Archer(6).

Southern Miss          IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Scott Copeland......  1.0  4  3  3  1  0  6  8  31
Todd McInnis........  4.1  1  2  2  2  5 14 16  73
Cody Schlagel.......  1.0  1  1  1  2  1  4  7  28
Josh Fields.........  1.0  2  2  2  0  1  4  5  23
Collin Cargill......  1.2  0  0  0  0  1  5  5  19

Georgia Tech           IP  H  R ER BB SO AB BF  NP
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Deck McGuire........  2.0  7  9  4  1  5 15 17  73
Jed Bradley.........  2.1  4  2  2  1  2 11 13  42
Kevin Jacob.........  4.2  2  1  1  2  4 14 17  72

Win - McInnis (9-4).  Loss - McGuire, D. (11-2).  Save - Cargill (11).

WP - Bradley, J.(8). HBP - by Copeland (Murton, L.); by McGuire, D. (Brunty); 
by Schlagel (House, C.); by Fields (House, C.). Inherited runners/scored: Schlagel
2/2; Fields 2/0; Cargill 2/1; Jacob, K. 2/0. Pitches/strikes: Copeland 31/15;
McInnis 73/41; Schlagel 28/14; Fields 23/17; Cargill 19/14; McGuire, D. 73/50;
Bradley, J. 42/29; Jacob, K. 72/49.
Umpires - HP: Chuck Lyon  1B: Randy Bruns  2B: Heath Jones  3B: Billy Haze
Start: 7:00 pm   Time: 3:24   Attendance: 3103
Weather: 88 deg, Sunny, Wind E 3 mph