Southern Miss wins longest game in baseball history on infield single in 17th by Roussel

Southern Miss wins longest game in baseball history on infield single in 17th by Roussel

This is news release from Southern Miss athletics

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Austin Roussel hit an infield dribbler that drove in Breck Kline in the 17th inning to lead Southern Miss to a 7-6 victory over South Alabama here Wednesday night at Pete Taylor Park to complete the longest baseball game in school history.

The previous long game for the Golden Eagles (25-16-1) was 16 innings against Nicholls in 1983 and it was the longest game by the program since dropping a 7-5, 15-inning affair to East Carolina (May 10, 2014) in the first game of a doubleheader last season.

Roussel, who entered the game in the 10th as a pinch hitter, went hitless in his three previous at bats before hitting a soft grounder towards the first base side that relief pitcher Justin Flores and first baseman Ben Gann could not field, allowing Kline, who walked with two outs, to score the winning run.

Tim Lynch followed the walk to Kline with a single to move him into scoring position.

Chuckie Robinson, who drove in a team-high three runs in the contest, had driven in the previous Golden Eagle run to tie the score in the eighth with a single.

The game then went 8 2/3 scoreless innings before the game's dramatic conclusion.

Lynch led the Golden Eagles with three of their 17 hits, while Connor Barron, Chase Scott, Robinson and Nick Dawson all had two hits each. Barron homered for the seventh time this season on the first pitch he saw to leadoff the bottom of the firs and Scott increased his team-high hitting streak to 11 games with a fourth-inning double.

Down 4-1 in the fourth, Taylor Braley registered a solo home run to leftfield, giving him three for the year, before Robinson drove in two more runs to tie the score at 4-4 with a single that landed just inside foul line in rightfield.

The Golden Eagles then went ahead with RBI double in the seventh by Dylan Burdeaux, before the Jaguars (29-17) took their final lead at 6-5 in the eighth with a pair of tallies.

Robinson's RBI single tied the score in the bottom half of the inning.

Nick Johnson, the eighth Golden Eagle pitcher of the game threw the final two innings and whiffed four to get the victory and improve to 1-0. Jake Winston also pitched 4 1/3 innings of strong relief, throwing one-hit ball with three walks.

Flores finished the game for the Jaguars and suffered the loss, falling to 0-1. The eighth pitcher for South Alabama allowed a run on three hits with a walk and five strikeouts.

The Golden Eagles return to action this weekend when they entertain Conference USA foe Marshall in a three-game set. The two teams play at 6 p.m., Friday, continue the series with a 2 p.m., contest on Saturday, before completing the set, Sunday, at 11 a.m.