HATTIESBURG, MS (WLOX) -
Southern Miss (36-17-1) and UAB had to complete Wednesday's game that was suspended at 1:34 a.m. on Thursday. The Blazers led 3-0 after the suspension and added another run to send the Golden Eagles into the C-USA losers' bracket.
Southern Miss and Old Dominion battled for 12 innings before Connor Barron singled through the right side of the infield that scored Michael Sterling from second base in the top of the 12th. Old Dominion right fielder Nick Walker aggressively went after the ball to attempt to throw out the runner at home plate. The ball slipped under his glove and Nick Dawson was able to score all the way from first to give Southern Miss a 2-0 lead.
The Golden Eagles kept Old Dominion off the scoreboard in the bottom of the 12th and will face another elimination game 6:30 p.m. Friday, facing the loser of Florida Atlantic and UAB. That game was postponed Thursday night and will be played on Friday.
"Hats off to both sides, both clubs, "said Southern Miss coach Scott Berry. "The players, the kids, the coaches, they all competed very hard and fortunately, we came out on top."
James McMahon, C-USA Pitcher of the Year, allowed five hits, no runs, one walk and struck out five in 8.2 innings. Ryan Milton, Luke Lowery and Nick Johnson combined to record the Golden Eagles' 10th shutout of the season. Johnson got the win his 4th of the season against no losses.
The Golden Eagles' four pitchers gave up eight hits and walked only two batters in helping Southern Miss post their fifth extra-inning game under the win column against no losses.
Southern Miss had come up empty in 20 innings before breaking out of their scoreless slump in the 12th inning against Old Dominion.
With the win over Old Dominion, could that "W" secure a Golden Eagles' NCAA postseason trip?
"Huge, Huge. I think it was absolutely huge, "stated Berry. "There's a lot of people who keep telling me, 'Well, you're in, you're in, 'and I don't think they know what they're talking about."
Berry believes his Golden Eagles must continue to win because they have no control on what happens in other conferences, including upsets. He said, "We can control ourselves."