The Southern Miss baseball team went through its final practice, Saturday, a day before its College World Series opener versus No. 1 national seed Texas.
The Golden Eagles went through and hour and a half workout at Bellevue East High School in Bellevue, Neb. The team went through about 30 minutes of defensive fundamentals before taking batting practice for the final hour.
The 6 p.m., Sunday night contest at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium will mark the first game Southern Miss has played in the CWS, while Texas is making its 33rd appearance which includes six national championships with its last coming in 2005. UT has a 78-53 overall mark in games played in the CWS.
This will be the second time the two teams have faced each other in baseball. The Longhorns collected an 18-2 win in the previous meeting, coming back on May 25, 1991, in the NCAA Austin Regional.
Southern Miss (40-24) is expected to send Conference USA Pitcher of the Year, Todd McInnis, to the mound against the 46-14-1 Longhorns. McInnis, the redshirt sophomore from Brandon, Miss., will be making his 18th start of the year while posting a 9-4 record and a 3.61 earned run average. The right-handed leads the team in strikeouts with 86.
The Golden Eagles have won 40 games for the fifth time in the last seven years.
The team brings in a .307 team batting average, including seven players that have posted at least 130 at bats this season. Senior Brian Dozier, who suffered a broken collarbone Apr. 21 and will be returned to the active roster for the CWS, leads the way with a .394 mark. Dozier is a native of Fulton.
Fellow senior Bo Davis ranks next at .371, followed by freshman Kameron Brunty’s .342 mark. Senior Corey Stevens has posted a .330 batting clip, senior James Ewing is at .314, junior Joey Archer at .311 and junior Taylor Walker at .305.
The game can be seen on ESPN2 and also be heard on the Southern Miss ISP Sports Network. The radio affiliates include flagship station WXHB-FM (96.5-Hattiesburg), WXXR-FM (104.5-Hattiesburg), WFFF-FM (96.7-Columbia), WRBE-FM (106.9-Lucedale) and WGVM-AM (1260-Greenville).
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