May 26, 2001
NEW ORLEANS, La. (AP) - Ole Miss pitched Ronnie Goodwin allowed just two runs and three hits to lead the Rebels to a 10-2 win over Southern at Turchin Stadium in the New Orleans Regional on Saturday.
With the win, second-seeded Ole Miss improves to 39-22-1 and will face the loser of the Tulane-Oklahoma State game later on Saturday. Southern, seeded fourth in the New Orleans Regional, is eliminated, ending the season with a 43-12 record.
Goodwin did not allow a run, giving up just one hit, through 8.1 innings and appeared well on his way to a complete-game shutout. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Southernās Marcus Chandler struck out, but reached first on a past ball. Franco Blackburn then hit a long fly ball to right field, which appeared to be an easy out, but Ole Missā Josh Christian slipped, allowing Blackburn to double and Chandler to score from third. After getting Jerel Johnson to pop up for the second out, Goodwin allowed just his third hit of the game, a single by Rickie Weeks, which scored Blackburn from second.
Ole Miss jumped ahead early with seven runs in the first four innings, thanks in part to a pair of two-run home runs from Burney Hutchinson. Hutchinson finished 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and four RBI.
Goodwin improved to 5-2 with the win. He posted seven strikeouts with
just one walk, while both of his runs were unearned. Southern starter
Eric Thomas (8-1) went four innings, but picked up his first loss of the
season. He had six strikeouts, but allowed seven earned runs. He and
reliever Torik Harrison combined for 10 walks.