Eagles Pick Up Key Midweek win

PEARL, Miss. – The Southern Miss baseball team won their second consecutive game over a ranked team with a 6-4 win over No. 7 Ole Miss at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss.

"I though our team played very hard and deserved this win tonight over a very good Ole Miss team," head coach Corky Palmer said. "(Jeff) Stanley gave us a great start and (Collin) Cargill was electric to finish off the game.

Southern Miss (27-17) used a four run fourth inning to take the lead and held off a late Ole Miss surge to win their fourth consecutive game and improve to 7-1 all time at Trustmark Park. Six of those victories have come over schools from the Southeastern Conference, two each against Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Alabama since the stadium opened in 2006.

Jeff Stanley picked up his second win of the season in his second start, scattering nine hits while allowing four runs.

Collin Cargill was nearly perfect for the final three innings to pick up his eighth save of the season. He faced the minimum nine hitters though he walked two batters, he also rolled two double play balls.

Five different Golden Eagles had a RBI with Kameron Brunty picking up two RBI in the game. Seven different players had at least one hit with Brunty and James Ewing each collecting a pair of hits.

Southern Miss stuck for the games first run in top of the first as Taylor Walker drew a leadoff walk and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Joey Archer.

Ole Miss tied the game at one in the bottom of the second on a Kyle Henson solo home run.

Southern Miss took the lead in the top of the fifth inning as Kyle Maxie was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Tyler Koelling followed with a perfect hit and run to put runners on the corners with no one out. Taylor Walker picked up and RBI with a single through the left side to score Maxie.

Bo Davis added the second run of the inning on a swinging-bunt groundout that allowed Koelling to score from third. Kameron Brunty cleared the bases with a double off the right field wall to score Walker and Ewing, ending the day for Ole Miss starter Nathan Baker.

Ole Miss added a run in the bottom of the fifth inning on a Matt Smith sacrifice fly to make the score 5-2.

The Rebels cut further into the Southern Miss lead in the bottom of the seventh on a Jordan Henry RBI single, which also ended the day for Stanley, who was very effective working six innings, allowing four runs on nine hits.

Zach Miller added the fourth run of the game and second of the inning off reliever Jonathan Johnston with a single up the middle to make the score 5-4.

Ole Miss had their best opportunity of the game in the seventh after pulling within a run of tying the game, the Rebels had runners at first and second with no one out before Golden Eagle closer Collin Cargill educed a strikeout from Matt Smith and coaxed Henson into hitting a ground ball double play to end the Rebel threat.

Southern Miss was able to add to their lead in the top of the eights as Corey Stevens reached on a two-out single to left field and came around from first to score on BA Vollmuth's RBI double to make the score 6-4.

Southern Miss returns to action this weekend as they host Conference USA rival Tulane at "The Pete".

The 2009 Conference USA baseball tournament will be held at Pete Taylor Park beginning on May 20. Tournament ticket booklets are not 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.

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