UAPB Scores 4 Runs In 9th Inning To Win On Bases Loaded Walk-off Walk Over Prairie View

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PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Golden Lions used a four-run ninth inning to complete a 4-3 comeback victory over Prairie View A&M in game one of Southwestern Athletic Conference play at the Torii Hunter Baseball Complex. This is third time this season at home that the Golden Lions won via walk-off fashion, and the fifth time this season that UAPB finished a game with a one-run victory.

A deadlock that lasted until the sixth inning was broken by Prairie View as it took a one run lead, while the Golden Lions continued to struggle on the offense end. UAPB’s Tim Reynolds and Prairie View’s Derrick Curry both nearly went the distance and battled for eight innings each before being replaced. However, in the ninth inning, the Panthers added what at the time seemed like two insurance runs to all but seal the deal.

That’s when the Golden Lions decided to start playing some ball on offense. After playing solid defense for eight straight innings, if anything could have gone wrong for the Panthers in the final inning, it did. Nick Kreutzer started things off for UAPB as he got to first base via base on balls. Austin Toth then came in to pinch run for Kreutzer, who is known for his hitting but not necessarily his speed. Jacob Columbo then drilled a roper towards left field that advanced Toth to second. Moments later, both stole a base and advanced respectively. After that, Ricardo Sanchez was fortunate to get on base as a result of an error by the Panthers first baseman, and as the ball slowly traveled to right field, Sanchez advanced to second while teammates Columbo and Toth both scored, bringing the score to 3-2 in favor of Prairie View.

At that moment the Panthers (5-16, 3-7 SWAC) brought in relief pitcher Jerson Hardit. His first batter to face was JP Soriano, and UAPB kept rolling as he picked up an RBI-double to center field that nearly went over the fence, scoring the game-tying run in Sanchez. Soriano eventually advanced to third base as a result of an error from Hardit. Kacy Higgins then replaced the power-hitter Soriano as a pinch runner on third base. Hardit then walked Cutter McDonald, and McDonald eventually stole second.

UAPB’s next batter up was John Magnuson as he attempted to generate the game-winning RBI, but was thrown out  by Panthers shortstop Andrew Garcia who waited a moment after he scooped up the ball to see if Higgins would dare run home. With no outs, Higgins stayed put and Garcia calmly tossed the ball to first place for the first out of the inning, but by the first out, most of the damage was already done. Next up was UAPB second baseman Ryan Mallison, who was intentionally walked as strategy to load the bases to set-up for a double-play to end the inning. However, UAPB freshman shortstop Jar Parker won the battle over Hardit and forced an RBI-walk off walk that brought in Higgins for the game-winning run in dramatic fashion.

UAPB (8-12, 5-5 SWAC) returns to action on Saturday, March 31 for game two of the three-game series. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. at the Torii Hunter Baseball Complex. The game has been dubbed “Faculty Staff Appreciation Day” as all faculty and staff members at UAPB receive free admission and a chance for giveaways.

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