The 10th-ranked University of West Alabama baseball team used 14 innings, tying a school record, to claim the weekend series from #4 Delta State on Sunday afternoon, turning back the Statesmen 12-11.
After trading shots through the first four extra innings of the contest, UWA (15-4) found itself trailing 11-10 heading into the bottom of the 14th. The Tigers used heroics to claim the series win, as Jeremy Dorrance, who was pinch running in the contest, scored on a fielder’s choice hit by Jeremy Finney. Dallas Rogers started things for the Red and White hitting a one out single to right field, before advancing to second on a throwing error by the third basemen on a fielder’s choice by Chris Ransburgh. Jake DeRoy followed with a single to the right side, scoring Rogers and tying the contest at 11-11.
Kasey Nafzger (1-0), the sixth Tiger hurler of the contest, received the win on the mound, pitching 2/3 of an inning.
After opening up with a 5-2 advantage, due to a five-run first inning, UWA found itself holding an 8-2 lead heading into the eighth inning. DSU added one run in the seventh to narrow the lead to 8-3. The Statesmen rallied with a five-run inning of their own, in the ninth, to tie the contest at 8-8. UWA got a Rob Dahlberg double to start the home half of the inning, but a Clint Moody pop up resulted in a double play that erased Dahlberg. A Todd Rea fly out to shortstop closed the inning and sent the contest into extra innings.
West Alabama returns to action on Tuesday, March 4, as the Tigers the University of Arkansas at Monticello in a doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. The Tigers then travel to Monticello, Ark. for a three-game series against the Boll Weevils, beginning on Saturday at 12 p.m.