Baseball eliminated in NCAA Postseason

The following is a press release from USM

AUBURN, Ala. - The Southern Miss baseball team saw its 2010 season come to an end at the 2010 Auburn Regional with a 17-8 loss to Auburn Sunday afternoon.

The Golden Eagles (36-24) finished the season winning the 2010 Conference USA Championship while advancing to their eighth consecutive NCAA Regional.

"I thought we ran into a tough Auburn club today, they are a great offensive club," head coach Scott Berry said. "I was concerned about our pitching depth coming into the game, and it showed through the game"

Southern Miss simply did not have an answer for the Auburn offense today. The Tigers scored 15 runs in the first five frames and cruised to victory. Starting pitcher Geoffrey Thomas allowed seven runs on eight hits in 3.1 innings of work. Reliever Jay Myrick allowed only one hit but walked four while surrendering five runs and Paxton King allowed two earned runs in his one inning of work. Seth Hester was the only Eagle pitcher to hold Auburn at bay

At the plate Joey Archer led the attack in his final game wearing the black and gold, he was four-for-five including a solo home run in his final at bat. Another senior also shined in his last game as an Eagle, Travis Graves was two-for-four with four RBI.

Sophomore B.A. Vollmuth was three-for-five and belted his 20th home run of the season.

Auburn struck for the first run of the game in the top of the first inning as Brian Fletcher hit a solo home run off Thomas for an early 1-0 Tiger lead.

Southern Miss answered in the bottom of the first as Kameron Brunty singled to lead off the inning and B.A. Vollmuth bombed his 20th home run of the season, a two-run shot over the right-center field wall. The Golden Eagles loaded the bases with two-outs on two walks and an Archer single before Travis Graves ripped a double over the centerfielder's head to plate all three runs and put Southern Miss up 5-1 and the end of the first inning.

The Tigers answered right back with a three-run home run by Casey McElroy in the top of the second to cut the Southern Miss lead to one at 5-4.

Auburn added another run in the top of the third inning to tie the game, but should have taken the lead. Kevin Patterson hit a two-out double in the left-center field gap and the first run easily scored, but as Ryan Jenkins was rounding third he tripped and fell down forcing him to scamper back to the bag. Thomas then struck out the next Auburn batter to leave the runners stranded in scoring position and the game tied.

Southern Miss answered right back to retake the lead as Joey Archer led off the bottom of the third with a double, was moved to third a ground ball by Dillon Day and scored on Graves' RBI single to put the Eagles up 6-5.

Auburn scored for the fourth consecutive inning and took their first lead since the first as Thomas allowed a single and walked a batter before leaving the game for reliever Jay Myrick.

Myrick walked the second batter he faced before surrendering a grand slam to Hunter Morris to put Auburn up 9-6 in the fourth inning.

The Tigers added to their lead in the top of the fifth as Myrick walked the first three batters of the inning before being lifted for Paxton King. The first batter the King faced lined a two-RBI single to centerfield before Trent Mummy hit a three run home run over the right field wall.

King appeared to be out of the inning but a rare error on Taylor Walker allowed the final run of the inning to score, putting Auburn up 15-6.

Seth Hester put up the first zeros of the game for Southern Miss, holding Auburn scoreless in the sixth and seventh before allowing two runs in the eighth inning.

Southern Miss added a single run in the eight inning on a RBI single by Vollmuth and a single run in the ninth on a solo home run by Joey Archer.