Boston College-Texas: A 25-Inning Epic

Sports WriterCorrespondent IMay 31, 2009

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 22:  Kenn Kasparek #30 of the Texas Longhorns pitches during game 12 of the 59th College World Series with the Baylor Bears at Rosenblatt Stadium on June 22, 2005 in Omaha, Nebraska. The Longhorns won 4-3 to eliminate the Bears from the tournament. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

At the start of the game, if you would have told Boston College or Texas that seven hours later the game still would not be over, they probably would have laughed at you.

On Saturday night, in a NCAA Austin Regional, history was made.

During the second inning, the Longhorns jumped out to a early 2-0 lead with a couple of home runs.

In the bottom of the fourth, Boston College cut the lead to just one when Matt Hamlet was walked and eventually made his way round the bases due to an RBI single by Mike Belfiore.

The Eagles tied the game in the sixth when Robbie Anson doubled and eventually made his way home thanks to a sac fly by Tony Sanchez.

Little did these two teams know the next 18 innings would be scoreless.

There was plenty of opportunities to score, Texas and Boston College combined to leave 36 runners on base, and were 3-of-29 with runners in scoring position.

In the 25th inning, Texas ended the scoreless streak. After Conner Rowe got a leadoff walk, he quickly moved his way around the bases, thanks to a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch. Travis Trucker finally brought him home with an RBI single.

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The game lasted seven hours and three minutes, making it the longest game in NCAA history.

The game also broke several more records when Texas and Boston College combined had 42 strikeouts, 222 total chances, 69 assists, 192 plate appearances, and 171 at-bats.

The 25-inning game topped the previous longest game of 23 innings played between Louisiana-Lafayette and McNeese State on March 27, 1971. Louisiana won the game, 6-5.

Texas' 91 at-bats, 103 plate appearances, 115 total chances, and 75 putouts also set new NCAA records.

Clark's 33 putouts against the Eagles set a new NCAA record for most single-game putouts. Michael Torres set the NCAA single-game record for at-bats with 12.

In the end, the Texas Longhorns would win 3-2, giving them the top seed.  They will play the winner of the elimination game between Boston College and Army.