Golden Eagles rally in 11th inning to complete come-from-behind 11-10 victory over Charlotte

Golden Eagles rally in 11th inning to complete come-from-behind 11-10 victory over Charlotte

This is a news release from Southern Miss athletics

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – It was the seniors who came through at the end on Senior Day as Southern Miss collected an 11-10, 11-inning victory over Charlotte here Saturday afternoon at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.

Senior Michael Sterling scored the game-winning run in the final frame after fellow senior Connor Barron reached on an infield single that resulted in an errant throw to pitcher Matt Hokey at the first base bag. Sterling came cross the plate safely to end a Southern Miss comeback, as they fell behind 5-0 early in the contest.

The Golden Eagles (30-16-1 overall, 15-10 C-USA) captured their season-best eight-straight triumph and the win also marked the 14th consecutive season in which Southern Miss has captured at least 30 wins in a season.

Charlotte (17-26, 10-16) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first as Brad Elwood, who had four hits and drove in three runs, plated his first run with a single, before Zack Jarrett belted a three-run homer to left for his seventh of the year. The 49ers then added a run in the second on a Logan Sherer single to make it 5-0.

The Golden Eagles began to chip away in the second as Barron collected his first of three hits on a run-scoring single. The home team cut the gap to 5-2 in the third on a bases-loaded walk to Sterling.

Charlotte, though, increased their lead again in the fourth with a solo run as Elwood knocked in Brett Netzer with a single. It was the third of four runs scored by Netzer as he also tallied a game-high five hits in the contest.

Dylan Burdeaux slapped a two-run homer for the Golden Eagles in the bottom of the frame, his third of the year, to cut the gap to 6-4.

Still, Charlotte continued their offensive barrage with two more runs in the fifth on a two-out, two-run single by Patrick Raley to give the 49ers a four-run cushion at 8-4.

Southern Miss cut into the deficit by scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth on a Nick Dawson single and a throwing error by 49er reliever Trevor Gay on an errant pickoff throw to first that allowed Austin Roussel to score.

The Golden Eagles then took their first lead of the contest with a four-run sixth. With one out, Chase Scott walked and Tim Lynch doubled to put runners at second and third. Scott had singled earlier in the contest to extend his hitting streak to 16 games.

Seniors Matt Durst and Roussel then drove in sole runs each with singles, before Dawson plated a run on a bases-loaded walk. Barron completed the scoring with a sacrifice squeeze bunt that brought home Roussel.

The game remained 10-8 until the eighth when Charlotte tied the score with a pair of runs. Elwood knocked in the first with a groundout, before the final and game-tying tally for the 49ers came on a reliever Nick Johnson wild pitch.

Johnson, though, threw four solid frames allowing just one hit and fanned three to get the victory and improve to 2-0 on the campaign.

Horkey, the final of three 49er pitchers, suffered the loss, throwing the last five innings and giving up an unearned run on three hits with a walk.

With the victory, Southern Miss improved to 4-0 in extra-inning affairs in 2015.

The Golden Eagles will go after its second-straight C-USA with an 11 a.m., contest Sunday.