June 1, 2009
Southern Mississippi advances to the NCAA Super Regional round and will face Florida, winner of the NCAA Gainesville Regional, next weekend in Gainesville, Fla.
SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI (38-24)
Southern Miss is now 13-19 in 10 NCAA Regional appearances.
The Golden Eagles won their first NCAA Regional title in 10 attempts. USM previously lost in the championship round on three occasions (2008, 2003 and 1999).
The Golden Eagles turned three double plays to raise their season total to 77. Southern Miss entered the week ranked 4th in the nation in double plays.
SS B.A. Vollmuth hit two home runs, his second and third in the NCAA Atlanta Regional. He now has six home runs on the season, all coming in his last nine games. Bo Davis also hit two homers against Elon in Game 1 of the NCAA Atlanta Regional.
Vollmuth now has six career home runs, three of which have come against Georgia Tech.
USM’s nine-run second inning was its second-highest scoring inning of the season. The Golden Eagles scored eight runs in the second inning in Game 1 of the regional against Elon.
RF Michael Ewing drew his 121st career walk in the second inning, moving him into fourth place on the school’s career list.
There were 28 home runs hit in seven games of the 2009 NCAA Atlanta Regional. Southern Miss led the way with 12 homers, followed by Elon (7), Georgia Tech (7) and Georgia State (2).
GEORGIA TECH (38-19-1)
Georgia Tech is now 59-51 in the NCAA Tournament, including a 55-47 record in Regionals and Super Regionals.
Tech is now 15-5 in NCAA Regional games played at Russ Chandler Stadium since it was rebuilt in 2002.
Georgia Tech has advanced to the championship round in each of its last five NCAA Regional appearances. Tech won a regional in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and was the runner-up in 2008 and 2009.
Georgia Tech has never won a NCAA Regional coming out of the loser’s bracket. Tech finished as a NCAA Regional runner-up for the sixth time. The Jackets have won six NCAA Regionals.
Tech is now 21-20 all-time in NCAA Regional and Super Regional elimination games, including a 2-1 mark in the 2009 NCAA Atlanta Regional.
Derek Dietrich’s home run gave the Yellow Jackets 111 for the season, the second most in school history. The school record of 119 homers was set in 1987.
In the current NCAA Regional format (since 1999), Georgia Tech is now 1-2 in the “if necessary” Game 7. In 2005, Tech defeated South Carolina, and lost to Georgia in 2008.
In three games over the last two days, the Tech bullpen pitched 17 innings and allowed five runs (2.65 ERA).