UNA hate week kicks off for the small city of Livingston. Many believe UNA hate week is just in the fall during football season, but think again. UWA baseball has a showdown with UNA Saturday, March 1, and Sunday, March 2.
It was a three game series between the two rival teams and Saturday showed it was an equal match up with a win from UWA and a win from UNA.
The first game went to UNA with the only two runs scored in inning six. UNA’s pitching held the Tigers to 19 fly ball outs.
In the second game, UWA came out fighting. Senior pitcher Zach Parks held UNA in 6.1 innings to seven hits, one run and striking out two.
The Tigers came out in the fourth and scored all of their runs. Both junior Tanner Rainey and redshirt sophomore Luigi Mendez started off the inning getting hit by a pitch. Catcher Jack Cockrum hit a double and with a throwing error scored Rainey.
Senior Trey Williamon hit a sacrifice fly to scored Mendez giving the Tigers a 2-1 lead. Sophomore Joel Murphey stepped up to the plate and hit a single driving in their third run, which lead UWA to a win.
The deciding game of the series was on Sunday, March 2. This game between UNA was a nail biter. UWA went 15 innings with the Lions with a game winning single by Rainey.
Rainey drove in redshirt sophomore Mitch Holgate to beat the Lions 3-2. Rainey gained his first win as a pitcher for the season. Junior Fernando Gonzalez started the game and held the Lions to four hits and one earned run in 8.1 innings.
UWA improves to 13-5 overall and 5-4 in Gulf South Conference play. The Tigers are back on the road Tuesday against Stillman and the next conference play is in Cleveland, Tenn., playing Lee University next weekend.