Southern Miss advances to CWS with 7-6 win over Florida


(Courtesy of Southern Miss Media Relations)
(Courtesy of Southern Miss Media Relations)

GAINESVILLE – Corky Palmer’s retirement tour will continue at the College World Series.

Joey Archer drove in three runs, reliever Scott Copeland pitched three scoreless innings and Southern Mississippi beat Florida 7-6 on Sunday night to advance to the CWS for the first time in school history.

The Golden Eagles (40-24), the surprise of the NCAA tournament, overcame a five-run deficit to win for the 12th time in 15 games. The hot streak started shortly after Palmer announced his retirement. Now, he’ll get a storybook send-off in Omaha, Neb.

Archer had two huge hits to get them there. He had an RBI double in the fourth, then drove in two runs with a single in the three-run eighth off Billy Bullock (3-3).

Tyler Koelling followed with a grounder to shortstop that should’ve been an ending-inning double play with the game tied at 6. But Preston Tucker, Florida’s best player, couldn’t field the throw that skipped in the dirt.

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