Eagles Win Atlanta Regional

ATLANTA – For the first time in ten previous tries Southern Miss won an NCAA Regional and will advance to a NCAA Super Regional with tonight's 12-8 victory over host Georgia Tech at Russ Chandler Stadium

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.

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.

"We have been trying hard for six years to go to the next step, and we just got there," said Southern Miss 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 with two out allowed two more runs to cross.

Run-scoring singles by James Ewing and Kameron Brunty against Tech reliever Jed Bradley extended the Golden Eagle 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.

Tech's Derek Dietrich hit a three run home-run off Cody Schlagel, making the score 11-6. The Jackets drew within 11-8 by scoring a pair of runs on two hits in the eighth.

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

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

Conference USA Pitcher of the Year Todd McInnis took the victory to improve to 9-4 on the season while the ACC Pitcher of the Year, Deck McGuire took the loss, falling to 12-2 on the season.

Davis, James Ewing, Joey Archer and Taylor Walker each added two hits in the Golden Eagles' 13-hit attack.

NCAA ATLANTA REGIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

P – Jimmy Reyes, Elon

P – J.R. Balliner, Southern Miss

C – Marc Mimeault, Georgia State

1B – Joey Archer, Southern Miss

2B – Bennett Davis, Elon

3B – Matt Skole, Georgia Tech

SS – B.A. Vollmuth, Southern Miss (Most Outstanding Player)

OF – Luke Murton, Georgia Tech

OF – Michael Ewing, Southern Miss

OF – Bo Davis, Southern Miss

DH – Jay Dantzler, Georgia Tech


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