MT. PLEASANT, S.C. – Southern Miss LF Kameron Brunty went 3-for-4 with six RBIs to lead the Golden Eagles to a 7-2 victory over #20 College of Charleston Friday evening at Patriots Point in the Cougar Invitational. Brunty had two triples and a three-run homer as Southern Miss out-hit the Cougars 13-8, dropping Charleston to 15-4 on the season.
Charleston fell behind in the top of the second as Southern Miss pushed across three runs off junior starter David Peterson (Walnut Creek, Calif.). After a single and a base on balls, Brunty lined a two-run triple to the wall in right center, clearing the bases. Tyler Koelling followed up with a single through the left side to score Brunty and give Southern Miss the early 3-0 lead. The Cougars rallied to post a single run in the bottom of the frame on a solo home run to right by redshirt-junior LF Jose Rodriguez (Hialeah, Fla.).
Southern Miss plated three more runs in the fifth on Brunty’s first home run of the season. Marc Bourgeois was hit by a pitch and Mark Ellis single to center to lead off the inning. The runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt and Chase Fowler struck out, but Brunty roped a 3-1 pitch over the wall in right for a 6-1 Southern Miss advantage.
The Cougars scored a single run in the sixth on a RBI single to right center by redshirt-freshman DH Daniel Aldrich (Mt. Pleasant, S.C.), extending his hitting streak to a season-high 14 games.
Southern Miss ended the scoring with a run in the seventh on a RBI triple down the right-field line by Brunty. Koelling finished the game with five hits for the Golden Eagles, while Ellis chipped in three. Todd McInnis picked up his fourth win of the season for Southern Miss, allowing two runs and four hits over six innings with seven strikeouts. Chase Horn tossed three shutout innings of relief for his second save.
Peterson took the loss, falling to 3-1 on the season. The junior allowed six runs on nine hits over 4-2/3 innings with four walks and three strikeouts. Rodriguez finished with three hits on the evening for the Cougars.
The Cougars return to action Saturday afternoon in the Cougar Invitational to face #19 Connecticut at Patriots Point. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.