HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Golden Eagles season came to an end on the Road to Omaha at the NCAA Regional in Tallahassee with a loss to South Alabama.
A nearly two hour rain delay and a six run, 6th inning for the Jaguars sealed the fate of the Eagles.
"Today's game is not going to diminish anything that this club has done all year long, cause they have achieved so much greatness in my eyes of the head coach, on and off the field," said Southern Miss Head Coach, Scott Berry.
The Eagles(41-20) had the lead early on, putting up solo runs in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd inning, and adding another in the 5th.
After that, the rain set in, and washed away the Eagles lead.
"It went downhill quickly, that's all I really got for you, I thought we kept our cool during the rain delay, thought we came out focused, one thing just kinda led to another and it wasn't in our favor," said Southern Miss center fielder Jake Sandlin.
"Kinda felt that we tried to not do too much but maybe were slightly less focused maybe...or maybe the rain delay kinda got us out of our focus a little bit, just for a minute and we swung at some pitches we shouldn't have," said Southern Miss first baseman Tim Lynch.
Despite the loss and the number of factors that played a role in it, Scott Berry couldn't be more proud of his Eagles.
"Let me just say that collectively, one of the best group of young men that I've ever had the privilege of working with, and it starts with our 13 seniors," said Berry.
Couldn't have been any better, you know, teammates, playing in front of all those fans," said Lynch. "This is going to be four years I look back on for the rest of my life and I'm sure these are going to be some of the best four years of my life with some of the best guys I've ever met."
"I'm so proud of our club, and how we just competed all year long, you know a conference championship, got us back to a regional where we belong, i think that's the important thing, we've been absent for four years, and this group worked hard to get us back to where we belong," said Berry.