UNA rally earns split at Southern Arkansas

MAGNOLIA, Ark. – The University of North Alabama baseball team went 12 innings without scoring a run Saturday but rallied over the final two innings of the day to earn a split with No. 2 ranked Southern Arkansas. UNA was downed 12-0 in the opener by SAU but pulled out a 6-5 win in the nightcap.

With the split UNA is now 7-5 overall. Southern Arkansas drops to 11-3.

In the second game UNA trailed 5-0 after five innings before mounting a rally that plated three runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh. Then, with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, UNA's Patrick Hinton gave up a triple to Paschal . The Lions then intentionally walked the next two batters to load the bases. Hinton earned his second win of the season when he got L. Williams to fly-out to rightf for the final out. UNA was out-hit 10-7 in the game.

In the seventh, Ross Parker and Blake Stroth both single. Chase Porch then singled in a run to cut the lead to 5-4. Josh Cyr was then hit-by-pitch to load the bases. A fielder's choice off the bat of Jared Mothershed drove in the tying run . He then stole second and Dewayne Gunn was intentionally walked to load the bases. Another fielder's choice by Nick McGregor scored Porch with the go-ahead run.

Trey Mitchell started for UNA and allowed five runs on eight hits over five inning. Hinton then pitched the final two innings, allowing no runs on two hits. Parker and Porch led UNA in the game with two hits each.

In the opener, SAU out-hit UNA 15-2 in the opener as Hayden Simpson two-hit the Lions over the first six innings. Simpson (4-0) got the win and Brian Biggerstaff pitched a scoreless seventh.

UNA starter Chase Porch,making his first start of the season, gave up four runs on eight hits in just 3 1/3 innings. Reliever Casey Jones allowed  eight runs on seven hits over two and 2/3 innings but five of the runs were unearned.

Nick McGregor and Jared Mothershed had UNA's only two hits.

The Lions and Muleriders will play again Sunday in a single game.