The University of West Alabama baseball team squares off against one of their newest opponents of the Gulf South Conference, Lee University. The Tigers faced Lee in Cleveland, Tenn., at Olympic Park with a double header on Saturday and a game on Sunday. UWA hopes to take the series and remain in the national baseball rankings at 27 or even better.
On Saturday UWA split with Lee in a long and enduring day of ball. The first game went on for 11 innings. UWA senior Zach Parks pitched for seven innings without allowing one hit.
The Tigers struggled at the plate in the first game, stranding a runner at third base for the first three of the six innings. UWA’s only run came from sophomore Adam Chamblee’s double which drove in senior Tyler Richburg.
Lee came back and scored off of a fielder’s choice sending Parks off the mound. Senior Matt Betts came in to the ninth to lead the Tigers into extra innings. However, Lee hit a single to score the game winning run in the 11th.
In the second game against Lee, the Tigers had a scare in the last inning. The Tigers jumped to a four run lead in the seventh. Redshirt sophomore Mitch Holgate had three hits and senior Tanner Rainey drove in three runs.
Junior Fernando Gonzalez pitched for the Tigers and allowed just one run and struck out seven to pick up the win for UWA.
The deciding game was played Sunday and saw the Tigers decide that enough was enough. Holgate and Rainey came out swinging with a pair of homeruns giving the Tigers a 7-2 lead in the 4th. Holgate’s homerun was his third of the season and Rainey’s first of the year.
However in the 7th inning, the Flames came back and scored seven to take the final lead of the game. The Tigers were able to round up one more run to come close to a win, but the Flames held on and took the weekend series.
UWA dropped to an overall record of 14-7 with GSC record of 6-6. The Tigers will be on the road Wednesday to face off Selma, and then a home weekend series against Valdosta.