Florence, Ala. – A blown transformer took out two light towers down the third base line in the fifth inning, then the University of North Alabama blew a three-run lead in the eighth inning before the game was called for darkness as the Lions and Auburn-Montgomery tied 5-5 at Mike Lane Field.
UNA led 5-2 with one out in the top of the eighth before the Lions gave up three runs on a combination of three walks, a single and an error.
With the tie, UNA is now 20-16-1, while Aum is 25-15-1. The tie was the first for a UNA abseball team since 2007.
AUM took a 2-0 lead in the second inning as Hayden Hillyer singled and scored on a single by Josh Thompson. Brett Wellman then singled in Hillyer.
UNA took a 3-2 lead in the third as Taylor Bonifacio reached on an error and scored on a Josh Doyle single. Josh Cyr walked and Dylan Boston singled to load the bases. Will Dennis drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in Doyle and Cyr scored on a wild pitch by AUM starter Spencer Youmans.
North Alabama added ito its lead in the fourth when Mathew Tittle reached on an error and Bonifacio walked. Doyle then singled in Tittle and Andrew Almon followed with an RBI single to make it 5-2.
UNA starter Riley Sanderson pitched five and 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. Brantley Claunch then pitched one and 2/3 scoreless innings as UNA held a 5-2 lead going to the eighth.
After getting the leadoff batter, UNA reliever Morgan McCarley walked back-to-back batters. AUM’s Brandon Kelley then singled off Eric Wilson to make it 5-3. After getting a fly-out, Wilson walked Wes Hughes to load the bases with two outs. Ben Seabrook came on to try and preserve the win and got a routine ground ball to short that was misplayed, allowing AUM to score two unearned runs and tie the game.
After UNA was retired in the bottom of the eighth, the game was called for darkness.
Courtesy UNA Media Relations