SUGAR LAND, Texas — UNO scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie McNeese State, but four innings later, the Privateers were eliminated from the Southland Conference baseball tournament.
McNeese scored four runs in the top of the 13th to beat UNO 8-4 in the longest tournament game in conference history Friday afternoon at Constellation Field.
With the victory, the Cowboys advanced to face Southeastern later in the day. McNeese would need to beat SLU Friday afternoon and Saturday to reach the championship game.
Joe Provenzano singled in Connor Crane to give the Cowboys a 5-4 lead in the top of the 13th.
Shane Selman then tripled to right-center to knock in two more runs, and Will Fox singled in Selman to make it 8-4.
Selman finished with a game-high four hits, including a home run.
In the bottom of the ninth, Ryan Calloway had an RBI double to draw UNO within 4-3. The Privateers then tied the score with two outs on a Jay Robinson sacrifice fly, scoring Chaz Boyer.
“Even though we lost, it summed up what we were made of and the fight, desire to win and a never-quit attitude,” UNO coach Blake Dean said. “These guys were tired of losing, and they demonstrated that today even though we fell a little short. They know how to win now. They know the amount of work it takes, and these seniors have laid the foundation for what we hope to do moving forward — and that’s win championships.”
Collin Kober pitched the final five innings to earn the win for McNeese, allowing four hits and one run.
Bryce Kingsley gave the Cowboys a strong start, allowing just two runs over seven innings.
UNO used six pitchers, with Hunter Medine taking the loss after giving up three hits, two walks and the decisive four runs in the 13th.
The Privateers were led by Robinson, Calloway and Hezekiah Randolph, who each had two hits and an RBI.
The previous longest SLC tournament games were 12 innings in 2015 and 1994.