Star Tracking …
May 17, 2001
NEW ORLEANS Chad Rogers and Anthony Rawson held Houston to four hits as seventh-seeded Southern Mississippi upset the second-seeded Cougars 6-2 in the opening game of the Conference USA Tournament. The Golden Eagles (26-30), won despite matching a season-high with five errors. Houston's hit total matched its lowest of the season. Rogers got the victory after pitching 6 2/3 innings and yielding four hits and two runs, one earned. He walked one and struck out seven. Rawson pitched a perfect 2 1/3 innings for his sixth save.
May 17, 1997
DEMOPOLIS, Ala. It's simple enough, now. Win or go home. That's the situation which Scott Berry's top-ranked Eagles face after Meridian Community College dropped a 5-2 decision to the 16th-ranked Wallace-Hanceville (Ala.) Lions Friday in game one of the best-of-three Southeastern District playoffs. MCC, 50-7, must win game two at 1 p.m., today at the Demopolis Sports-Plex to force a third and deciding game which will be played immediately following game two if necessary. The Eagles must also win that one if they want to travel to the NJCAA World Series May 24-31 in Grand Junction, Colo. MCC finished No. 2 in the NJCAA World Series last season.
COLUMBUS, Ga. Freshman Kevin Knorst, making his first Southeastern Conference start, allowed only three hits in seven innings Friday and Auburn's defense came through at the end to preserve a 5-4 victory over Mississippi State in the second round of the league tournament. SEC player of the year Tim Hudson broke out of a slump by going 3-for-5 with two RBIs and also eclipsed Frank Thomas' school record for total bases in one season. MSU (41-18) was eliminated from the tournament in two straight games, but the Bulldogs can console themselves with playing host to an NCAA regional next week. Auburn (45-13), also assured of an NCAA bid, advances to play Saturday against the loser of the Alabama-Florida game.
May 17, 1992
DECATUR Jeremy Jackson gave the West Lauderdale Knights the lift they needed. The sophomore was absent in West's 5-3 loss to Carthage Thursday. He was in Nashville at a national science convention. He came to Decatur for the rubber game of a three-game playoff-series with something to prove. Jackson (11-0) pitched a two-hitter and struck out six to lead the Knights over Carthage to advance to the finals of the Class 3A South State Tournament. The Knights pounded out 19 hits on the day, six of them for extra bases. It was a sweet win for West coach Jerry Boatner after Thursday's "embarrassing" loss.a
Sports Faces …
The job of raising money for athletics at the University of Southern Mississippi falls to Dick Vogel. Vogel is the executive director of the Eagle Club. It helps provide scholarship assistance for more than 350 student athletes who attend the university.
Vogel was in Meridian this week as part of the Jeff Bower East Central Alumni Golf Tournament at Northwood Country Club. He says events like these are important to USM.