JACKSON, Tenn. -- With the University of North Alabama holding a 5-3 lead in the seventh inning, the Lions walked in three runs and hit a batter to force in another as UNA dropped a 7-5 decision to Lambuth. With the loss UNA s now 15-16 overall, while Lambuth improved to 26-7.
UNA scored two runs in the first inning,two more in the second and one in the sixth for a 5-3 lead. But with two out and one runner on in the seventh, Lambuth rallied to take the lead, scoring four runs on just one hit. One batter walked, another was hit-by-pitch and the next singled to load the bases. UNA starter Will Rankin then walked in a run to make it 5-4 before he exited the game. Reliever Drew Clark then walked two straight batters and hit a third to force in three more runs. Patrick Hinton then came on to get a strikeout and end the rally.
For the game, Lambuth scored seven runs on just five hits. North Alabama had nine hits in the game, led by Ross Parker who was 3-for-3 with two runs scored.
Rankin took the loss for UNA, allowing seven runs on five hits, with nine strikeouts.