Baseball Falls to Southern Miss 9-8 in Extra Innings



May 15, 1999

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -Southern Miss' (35-18, 18-7 C-USA) Darren Welch hit a three run home run in the bottom of the 14th inning to defeat Tulane (40-14, 18-7 C-USA) 9-8, in what was the longest game recorded at Pete Taylor Park, 4:31.

Tulane led the Eagles 8-4 going into the bottom of the 14th. USM scored two runs and closed in on the Wave 8-6. With runners on the corners and two outs on the board, Welch hit a home run over the left field wall off Dan O'Gara.

Southern Miss was the first team to score as they put two runs up in the third. Scott Cheek drove in the first Golden Eagle run and Dusty Haley scored on a Henry Bonilla balk.

In the third, Mickey McKee hit his third home run of the year over the left field wall, scoring three runs. Heading into the bottom of the inning, the Wave was up 3-2. The home run was the Green Wave's 105 of >the year, which tied last year's school record total.

USM's Darren Welch led off the bottom of the seventh and reached on an error by Andy Cannizaro and later scored, as Chris Fishburn hit into a double play, tying the game at 3-3. Michael Artman sent in the go ahead run as he singled to center, putting the Eagles up 4-3.

To start the eighth, Jason Sparks scored on a sacrifice fly by Jake Gautreau, to tie the game at 4-4. Tulane's Brandon Belanger replaced starting pitcher Henry Bonilla, and struck out the side.

Neither team scored in the ninth, as Tulane entered its first extra innings game of the season.

On the mound for Tulane, Bonilla went 6 2/3 innings, giving up two earned runs and striking out five. Belanger pitched a season high 4 1/3 scoreless innings, gave up two hits and struck out eight. With the loss O'Gara dropped to 6-2 on the year.

At the plate, Steve Shirley and Cannizaro had a season high seven at bats. McKee went 1-for-5 and recorded a game high three RBI.

Tulane and Southern Miss play on Saturday at 3:00 p.m.