GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Corey Stevens drove in three runs, reliever Jonathan Johnston pitched 3 1-3 scoreless innings and Southern Mississippi beat Florida 9-7 on Saturday in an NCAA super regional opener.
The Golden Eagles (39-24), the biggest surprise of the tournament, are one win away from their first College World Series berth.
Southern Miss won for the 11th time in its last 14 games, a hot streak that started shortly after coach Corky Palmer announced his retirement. Now, the Eagles need a victory to give Palmer a storybook send-off in Omaha, Neb.
Johnston deserved much of the credit for the latest victory. He allowed just two baserunners en route to his first win this season. Collin Cargill pitched the ninth for his 12th save.