Golden Eagles dismantle South Alabama in regional play

Golden Eagles dismantle South Alabama in regional play
USM dominated South Alabama in the first game of the Tallahassee Regional. Source: Ryan Moore WDAM

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Southern Mississippi made a statement Friday in Tallahassee as the Eagles pounded South Alabama.

The Golden Eagles(41-18) outscored the Jaguars(40-21) during game 1 of the NCAA Regional.

"I am very pleased at how our team came out and started the game, I think it all started on the mound certainly with Kirk McCarty and how he established both sides of the plate and really commanded his pitches," said Southern Miss head coach Scott Berry.

Kirk McCarty(8-1) threw 69 pitches, 49 for strikes and struck out 4 batters on the day.

"That's always the goal is to keep the pitch count down and go as deep in the game as you can. It was definitely hot out there, so that was good to have a 10 and 11 pitch inning and get back in the dugout," McCarty said.

The Golden Eagles scored single runs in the first, third and fourth innings.

"When the score was still 3-0 with 2 outs, and B.A. Vollmuth made an adjustment with Hunter Slater in left-field by bringing him in, they had a two out hit and Slater was able to throw the guy out at the plate for the third out, which really kept the momentum with us," Berry said.

After that, a solo homer to center field by Chuckie Robinson, his 7th of the season, started an 11 run inning for the Golden Eagles.

"Things got a little bit sideways on us from there, something we haven't seen, innings really get sideways on us yet this year, but it did," said South Alabama head coach Mark Calvi. "Its part of the game, its unfortunate and our guys kept fighting and you gotta credit Southern Miss."

The Jaguar's managed to get a pair of runs across in the 9th, making the final score at Dick Howser Stadium 14-2.

"You know I look at the whole game, and I felt like we continued to apply pressure the whole game," Berry said. "But it was our guys being patient, not getting themselves out that made all that work."

Despite dropping two regular season games to South Alabama, the Golden Eagles did what head coach Berry suggested and started today with a 0-0 record.

"Honestly, everything today went out way," Berry said. "Every ball we hit seemed to go for us, South Alabama is a very good ball club and today is just a reflection of baseball and that's just how the game goes for one or the other."

The Golden Eagles will play the winner of the Florida State-Alabama State game, Saturday at 6 p.m. Eastern.

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