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Longest Division III baseball game ever ends in Salisbury defeat

History was made in Salisbury on Saturday.

The SU baseball team played in the longest baseball game in Division III history, hosting Southern Virginia for a total of 23 innings.

Salisbury’s game began on Friday afternoon, but was suspended due to inclement weather in the top of the fifth inning.

Neither team scored from the ninth to the 17th inning. Both Salisbury and Southern Virginia scored in the 18th inning to continue the deadlock.

Nate McCallum scored in the top half of the 23rd to hand Salisbury a heartbreaking loss and Southern Virginia its first win of the season.

The game lasted a total of six hours and 30 minutes in a 26-hour span and saw three separate rain delays. It topped the previous record of 21 innings, which came on April 22, 2011 when Rhodes topped Oglethorpe by an 8-7 mark.

Salisbury used 27 different players in the game, 71.1 percent of the entire roster. The Sea Gulls also stranded 27 men on base in the loss.

The teams were already scheduled to play another game on Saturday, meaning the sides had to take the field again on the same day for another nine innings. The schools played a combined 32 innings between Friday and Saturday.

The Sea Gulls won the second game of the doubleheader, 10-0.



Sports editor

Photo courtesy of Sports Information.

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