What a Season

The Southern Miss baseball team has had a year of firsts. It looked as if this would be the first year that USM wouldn't make a regional since 2003. Instead it turned into the first regional championship, first super regional championship, and first trip to the College World Series. Unfortunately for the Eagles it also marked their first two and out in the CWS with a loss the UNC on Tuesday.

North Carolina struck in the first as a leadoff walk worked around the basepaths to make it 1-0 Tar Heels.

UNC got another run in the top of the second inning to extend their lead to two.

The Tar Heels continued to pound in the runs against the Eagles in the top of the third to end the inning with a 6-0 lead.

USM's pitching continued to struggle versus the potent Tar Heel offense, giving up two more runs in the top of the fourth.

Southern showed signs of life in the bottom half of the fourth. BA Vollmuth hit a towering shot to close the Eagles deficit to 8-3.

North Carolina got some more insurance with a two run seventh inning to extend their advantage to 10-3.

Brian Dozier made his pinch hit at bat count as he reached on a throwing error and scored Joey Archer to get the score to 10-4.

In the ninth, Carolina topped off their scoring with a hard hit home run to right center field to make the score 11-4. Before they got done, the Tar Heels tied the CWS record for hits in one game.

North Carolina finished Southern Miss off in the bottom half to seal their win and send the Eagles back to Hattiesburg.

On the mound the Eagles had a tough matchup from the start of the game to the end. The Tar Heels started the game with seven leftys and it proved to be a problem for Southern.

At the plate the Eagles struggled to get anything going. Aside from a three run home run by BA Vollmuth the bats remained pretty quiet throughout the game.

Corky Palmer was obviously very emotional in the post-game interviews about coaching in his last game at USM.

"Today sure was a tough day," said Palmer "Today was the day that one of my worst fears came true."

It was also very emotional for the Seniors who knew that they had just played in one of their last games as a Golden Eagle.

One of the most emotional seniors was Brian Dozier, who was just activated for the CWS and got two at bats.

"God has blessed me in so many ways," said Dozier "I never thought that I would play college baseball again."

This team has had so many great moments in this season and today doesn't change any of that. This is the best season that USM has ever had in any sport and it has laid the foundation for many great things to come for this Golden Eagle Baseball Team.


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