May 22, 2009
HATTIESBURG, Miss.- The Green Wave were on the losing end of a 3-1 ball game Friday night as Tulane fell to Southern Miss 3-1 in what would be the Wave's final Conference USA Tournament game.
The Golden Eagles jumped on the board early, stringing together a couple hits, including an RBI-single off the bat of Kameron Brunty to give Southern Miss the 1-0 early lead but Jared Dyer evened things up with one swing of the bat in the following frame, taking the 1-2 offering from Jeff Stanley over the wall in right field, knotting the game at one.
Jeremy Schaffer (2-5, double) tried to get something going in the top of the third when notched his eighth double of the season with two down, bringing Seth Henry to the plate. Henry drew the base on balls and Drew Allain followed suit, taking the free pass to load the bases but the Wave couldn't cash in and left them stranded.
Southern Miss added another run to the column when B.A. Vollmuth singled to center. Travis Graves drew the base on balls and both were moved up a bag when Taylor Walker got the sacrifice bunt down, moving Graves and Vollmuth to second and third, respectively. James Ewing picked up the RBI when Vollmuth scored the go-ahead run on the sacrifice fly to right field and Southern Miss was up 2-1 headed into the sixth inning.
Nick Boullosa got things going for Tulane in the sixth with a base hit up the middle. Southern Miss head coach Corky Palmer went to his bullpen, calling on righty Jonathan Johnston to face the top of the Green Wave lineup in Josh Prince. Prince picked up his 45 base on balls of the season before Palmer headed back to the mound, this time bringing in Scott Copeland to face Scott Powell. Copeland retired Powell but went on to walk Sam Honeck, ending Copeland's evening. Southern Miss brought in Josh Fields to who worked to get two quick outs to get his club out of the jam and it remained 2-1 in favor of the Golden Eagles headed into the bottom of the sixth.
Corey Stevens singled to open the bottom of the sixth but Petiton came right back to get the next two batters via his own diving effort to snag a sac bunt attempt, followed by fly ball out to Boullosa (2-3) in centerfield. But it was Tyler Koelling's double to right center that did brought Stevens in to score, giving Southern Miss the 3-1 lead. Jones brought in Taylor Rogers to face Vollmuth, with Rogers making quick work of the Golden Eagle's shortstop, putting him in the book with a strikeout.
But Southern Miss held Tulane scoreless through the remaining frames to earn their way into the C-USA Tournament Championship Game against Rice on Sunday.