The following is a press release from USM:
AUBURN, Ala. - Southern Miss scored 19 runs on 18 hits to win its second round game over Jacksonville State 19-6 Saturday afternoon at Plainsman Park in Auburn, Ala.
While the Golden Eagle hit three, three-run home runs on the afternoon and missed a school record for runs in a NCAA game by one run the story of the game was not the offense. That honor belongs to junior closer Collin Cargill. The Hattiesburg native is no stranger to closing games, he has finished off 48 games in his career as a Golden Eagle, but none of them like today.
Southern Miss starting pitcher Todd McInnis lasted only one inning before surrendering two runs and leaving the game. Reliever Ryan MacNamara lasted just two-thirds of an inning before exiting, so just five outs into the game coach Scott Berry went to Cargill and he did you what he has done all season long, dominate his opponent and finish the game.
Cargill worked a career long 7.2 innings allowing only one run and scattered seven hits while striking out a career high nine batters to pick up his fourth win of the season.
The closer had not worked over three innings this season and his previous high for innings thrown was 4.2 against Marshall back in 2008. In fact Cargill has not thrown over seven innings since his senior year of high school back in 2006.
"I'm very proud of Colin for coming in and giving us 7.2 strong innings today and really giving this team the spark we needed," head coach Scott Berry said. "We are at a do or die point of the season. I'm either going to live with him (Cargill) or I'm going to die with him. After Todd (McInnis) came out in the first I knew someone in the pen was going to have to step up and post some zero's on the board. What Collin did today was special."
While Cargill posted goose eggs on the board most of the afternoon the Southern Miss offense kept putting up crooked numbers.
Taylor Walker was four-for-four with four runs scored and four RBI. He reached base in all six of his at bats with two walks in the game as well. His big blow was a three-run home run over the monster left-field wall in the second inning.
B.A. Vollmuth added to his home run total with a three-run home run in the seventh inning, bringing his season total to 19. He was three-for-five in the game with five RBI while extending his hitting streak to a career long 19 games.
Adam Doleac drove in four runs in the game on a three-run home run in the first inning and a RBI single in the fourth, he was two-for three on the afternoon.
Leadoff hitter Kameron Brunty did his job setting the table with two hits and three walks that led to five runs scored and Tyler Koelling was three-for-five with a RBI and two runs score.
Southern Miss struck for the games first runs in the top of the first inning as Kameron Brunty and Taylor Walker both drew walks to start the game. Adam Doleac then took a 3-2 fastball and drove it into the Southern Miss bullpen over the right-centerfield wall for a three-run home run, his seventh of the year putting the Eagles up 3-0 and ended the day for Jacksonville State starter Hunter Rivers.
Jacksonville State cut into the Southern Miss lead with tow runs of their own in the bottom of the first on RBI singles by Andrew Edge and Kyle Bluestien to make the score 3-2 at the end of the first frame.
The Golden Eagles put up four runs in their half of the second inning to extend their lead to 7-2. Joey Archer reached on error and came around to score on Tyler Koelling's bunt single and another Jax St error. With Travis Graves, who singled earlier in the inning, and Koelling on base, Taylor Walker launched a three-run home run over the 30-foot high left field wall, his eighth home run of the year.
The Gamecocks added another run in the bottom of the second on a solo home run by Jay Davis off Ryan MacNamara to make the score 7-3.
With two runners on and one out in the bottom of the second Berry gave the ball to Cargill. Both of the inherited runners scored on a single before Cargill rolled a double-play ball to end the frame with Southern Miss up 7-5.
That was as close as Jax State would get.
The Southern Miss offense struck again in the top of the fourth inning, with four runs to stretch their lead to six runs at 11-5. Brunty started the inning with a single and Walked executed a perfect hit and run to put runner on the corners. Vollmuth plated a run with a single through the left side and Doleac picked up his fourth RBI of the game with a single through the right side. Mark Ellis knocked in the third run of the inning with a RBI fielder's choice and scored on Dillon Day's double of the monster in left field.
The offensive barrage continued in the top of the fifth as the Golden Eagles added two more runs to their lead. Koelling and Brunty hit back-to-back singles to start the inning and Walker executed his second hit and run of the day with a single through the right side to score Koelling. Vollmuth followed with a RBI single to score Brunty and put Southern Miss up 13-5.
Jax State scored their first run off the game off Cargill in the bottom of the sixth inning on a RBI single by Jake Sharrock.
The Golden Eagles struck again in the top of the seventh with three runs off the bat of B.A. Vollmuth. Brunty and Walker drew leadoff walks and came around to score on Vollmuth's 19th home run of the season, a three-run shot over the scoreboard in left-center field put Southern Miss up 16-6.
Archer and Koelling both doubled in the eighth inning with Koelling's double scoring Archer to make the score 17-6.
Two walks and a single loaded the bases for the Golden Eagles in the ninth before Marc Bourgeois singled home two runs to cap the scoring for Southern Miss.
The Eagles return to action on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. against the loser of tonight's Auburn/Clemson game.
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