Press Release from Southern Miss Athletics
Austin Millet threw a wild pitch while trying to intentionally walk a batter and James Barber raced home to lift Ole Miss to a 6-5, 12-inning victory over No. 17 Southern Miss Tuesday night at Trustmark Park.
The Golden Eagles (24-6) saw an overall six-game winning streak as well as a nine-game victory streak played away from Pete Taylor Park snapped. The Rebels improved to 17-12.
Dylan Burdeaux led the Golden Eagles with four of their 11 hits, while Hunter Slater and Taylor Braley added two apiece. Ryan Olenek paced the Rebels with three hits.
Southern Miss jumped out to a 4-0 advantage through four and a half innings, getting on the board first with a solo run without the benefit of a hit as Storme Cooper registered a RBI groundout to put the visitors on the board.
The Golden Eagles added two more runs in the fourth on a Cole Donaldson run-scoring single, while Cooper added a safety squeeze bunt to give the Golden Eagles a 3-0 advantage.
Hunter Slater then increased the lead to 4-0 in the fifth as his double scored Mason Irby, who reached on a fielder’s choice. Slater, though, tried to stretch the hit into a triple and was thrown out to end the frame.
Will Golsan got Ole Miss on the board in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI single. After the Golden Eagles added a run in the sixth on a Burdeaux RBI single, the Rebels then cut the gap to one run as they scored three runs on four hits off of Braley, the Golden Eagle starter, and reliever Nick Sandlin.
The game remained 5-4 until the ninth, when the Rebels tied the score at 5-5 on a Donaldson passed ball.
The two teams went scoreless for the next two innings. After the Golden Eagles were retired in order in the 12th, Millet entered the game as the seventh Southern Miss pitcher.
He got a ground out and a strikeout before he hit Barber with a pitch. After a wild pitch to send Barber to second, Olenek singled to put runners at the corners. Then Millet tried to intentionally walk Golsan but the first offering got over Donaldson’s head to allow the winning run to score.
Ole Miss reliever Dallas Woolfolk threw the final two innings for the Rebels, giving up two hits and fanning two to get the victory and improve to 2-1. Millet suffered the loss to fall to 0-2.
The Golden Eagles return to action Friday when they open a three-game Conference USA series against FIU. Game time is set for 6 p.m.