Owls stumble in 17-inning marathon
by MDJ staff and wire reports
March 03, 2014 04:02 AM | 1281 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
JACKSONVILLE, Ala. — Jacksonville State’s Michael Bishop tied an NCAA Division I record with 10 at-bats, getting his fifth hit of the game in the bottom of the 17th inning to beat Kennesaw State 9-8 on Sunday.

Bishop singled up the middle with two outs to end the longest game in both schools’ histories.

Bishop’s 10 at-bats tied the mark set previously by six others, most recently by Kent State’s George Roberts and Derek Toadvine in a 21-inning NCAA tournament victory against Kentucky in 2012.

Kennesaw State’s Kal Simmons nearly joined the record. He had 10 plate appearances, but that included a walk. Jacksonville State’s Griff Gordon also had nine at-bats.

Jacksonville State (6-4) set 10 school records and tied another in the game, which lasted 5 hours and 43 minutes, and featured a total of 591 pitches — 287 by 10 Jacksonville State pitchers, and 304 by seven Kennesaw State hurlers.

Michael McCreless (1-0) pitched five scoreless innings for the win, while Cole McArthur (0-1) took the loss for Kennesaw State (7-6).

Former Marietta High School state Gabe Friese pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief for Kennesaw State after entering in the bottom of the 12th to silence a Jacksonville State rally. Friese threw 83 pitches and finished with six strikeouts.

Travis Stout, a Smyrna native who played at Holy Innocents’, took the mound in the ninth and scattered three walks over 1 2/3 innings of relief for Jacksonville State.

The Owls’ Justin Motley, a Hillgrove High product, was 3-for-7 with two RBIs. Lassiter’s Cornell Nixon was 2-for-7 with a pair of walks.
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