Southern Miss rallies in ninth to beat Saint Mary’s

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 3, 2010

After digging itself a hole in the top of the ninth inning Friday, it didn’t take long for Southern Miss to climb out.

The Golden Eagles scored three runs with two outs in the bottom of the ninth — after giving up three runs in the top of the inning — for a come-from-behind, 4-3 victory over Saint Mary’s.

B.A. Vollmuth hit a two-run homer to tie the game, and Anthony Doss singled home Mark Ellis with the winning run two batters later. The rally started with a two-out walk to Kameron Brunty, and continued with Vollmuth’s homer and Ellis’ double.

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In the top of the ninth, Saint Mary’s took a 2-1 lead on a single by Patrick Wisdom. He later scored when Donald Collins was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and two outs.

Doss and Taylor Walker had two hits apiece for Southern Miss (14-10). Todd McInnis allowed two hits and two runs, and struck out eight in eight innings plus, but got a no-decision.

Wisdom went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for Saint Mary’s (8-13-1), which had only four hits total in the game.


South Carolina 10, Mississippi State 2

South Carolina scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and cruised past Mississippi State.

Brady Thomas went 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs for South Carolina (21-5, 6-1 Southeastern Conference), and Jeffrey Jones was 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Blake Cooper held the Bulldogs to two runs in 8 1/3 innings to get the win.

Luke Adkins hit a solo homer in the first inning for Mississippi State (14-12, 2-5), but South Carolina answered with the four-run rally in the bottom half and never trailed again. A two-run single by Jones gave the Gamecocks the lead. A two-run homer by Thomas in the fifth made it 7-2, and his second two-run homer in the eighth sealed the win.


Ole Miss 7, Tennessee 3

Tim Ferguson and Matt Smith both hit home runs to power Ole Miss (21-6, 5-2 SEC) past Tennessee (13-14, 0-7) in the opener of a weekend series in Oxford.

Drew Pomeranz (5-0) held Tennessee to three runs and five hits in seven innings to earn the win. He walked six batters, but struck out seven.

Smith’s leadoff homer in the fifth inning snapped a 3-3 tie, and Ferguson’s two-run shot to left field in the sixth inning made it 6-3. The Rebels added an insurance run in the seventh on Taylor Hightower’s RBI single.

Chris Fritts hit a solo homer for Tennessee in the fifth inning. Kevin Mort went 4-for-4 with two runs scored for Ole Miss.

Delta State 10-14, Henderson State 6-6

Cade Hoggard went 2-for-3, including a two-run homer, and drove in three runs to lead Delta State to a 10-6 victory over Henderson State (18-12, 3-6 Gulf South Conference) in game one of a doubleheader Friday in Cleveland.

In game two, Michael Vinson went 3-for-3 with a double and four RBIs as Delta State (23-10-1, 7-3) completed the sweep with a 14-6 victory.

Former Warren Central star Josh Gordon scored two runs in each game for the Statesmen.

LSU 4, Georgia 3

Austin Nola singled in two runs in the bottom of the seventh, and LSU held off a late rally to beat Georgia.

Nola’s hit gave LSU a 4-1 lead. Georgia scored twice in the eighth to get within a run, but left the tying run at second base.