MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Southern Miss salvaged the final game of the series behind a brilliant pitching performance by sophomore Todd McInnis, leading the Golden Eagles to a 4-2 victory at USA Stadium in Millington, Tenn. Sunday afternoon.
“Todd was super today, as good as he has pitching in a long time,” head coach Corky Palmer said. “We scratched and clawed today but that was a big win for us and a lot of the credit has to go to McInnis today. Also give Johnson a lot of credit for getting a big strikeout to end the game.”
McInnis had one of his best outings in his brilliant season, striking out a career high 11 hitters, while allowing only four hits in eight innings of work without walking anyone. He allowed only five runners to reach base all game, facing only four hitters over the minimum in eight complete innings. He allowed only one run, a solo home run in the eighth inning, while picking up his seventh win of the season.
Memphis threatened in the ninth with three hits and a run off reliever Cody Schlagel, but Jonathon Johnston left the bases loaded to record his first save of the season striking out Memphis pinch hitter Bret Bowen on four pitches.
Kameron Brunty was the only Golden Eagle with multiple hits as he recorded two including a RBI. Bo Davis added in two RBI on the afternoon.
Southern Miss opened the scoring in the top of the first as Kameron Brunty delivered a bases loaded single to plate James Ewing and give the Golden eagles an early 1-0 lead.
Southern Miss loaded the bases again in the sixth inning on a double by Michael Ewing, bunt single by Travis Graves and James Ewing was hit by a pitch with no one out. Taylor Walker drew a base on balls to force home Michael Ewing for the second run of the game.
Bo Davis followed with a two-RBI sacrifice fly, as he drilled a ball to deep centerfield, Graves tagged and easily scored from third. Meanwhile James Ewing also tagged from second and never stopped running as he rounded third base and easily scored because the Memphis outfielder lobbed a throw back into second base.
Memphis finally cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth inning as Jacob Wilson hit a solo home run to make the score 4-1.
The Golden Eagles return to action Tuesday in Mobile against South Alabama, first pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at Stanky Field.
Southern Miss returns to “The Pete” for a three game series beginning on Thursday against Tennessee Tech. Fans are encouraged to come out and show support for Coach Corky Palmer in his last regular season series at Pete Taylor Park.
On Friday, Southern Miss will offer its `Family Four Pack’ in which fans can get four tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks for $40. At Saturday’s regular season finale the Golden Eagles will recognize the 2009 seniors, and it is also `Bring a Kid to the Park Day’ where fans can receive a free child ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket.
The 2009 Conference USA baseball tournament will be held at Pete Taylor Park beginning on May 20. Tournament ticket booklets are now available through the Pat Ferlise Athletic Ticket Office on West 4th St., from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, over the phone at 1-800-844-TICK (8425) or online at Southernmiss.com