UNA falls in South 2 Regional

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An RBI-single in the bottom of the 10th inning gave Lee a 3-2 victory over the University of North Alabama softball team Saturday evening, sending the Flames to the 2017 South Super Regional and ending UNA’s season with a 32-20 record.

Annabeth Pruett led off the frame with a double and reached third on a sacrifice bunt. She then scored on Stevie Baird’s single to left field to give Lee the walk-off victory.

Taylor Moran got the pitching victory for the Flames, working all 10 innings and added an RBI with a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. The shot gave Lee a brief 2-1 lead and put the team in position to win the game in the top of the seventh.

The Lions, however, responded with a single run to stay alive. McKenna Ray led off the seventh with a single and reached third on a sacrifice bunt, followed by a single up the middle by Bailey Nelson. Sabrina Gilliam’s sacrifice fly to left field then scored the tying run.

Neither team scored again until the 10th inning. UNA got runners on base in the top of the ninth and 10th innings but could never cross home plate. For the game, the Lions left 10 runners on base.

North Alabama took a 1-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by Anna Gayle Norris in the top of the first inning. The Flames (36-18) answered with a single run in the bottom of the second before the game was delayed 7:25 during to rain and lightning in the area.

When play resumed just before 8 p.m. local time, both teams struggled at the plate, with Moran’s sixth-inning homer representing the first run following the break.

Nelson was the only UNA player with multiple-hits, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Hillary Carpenter (16-8) was stuck with the pitching loss. She worked 9.1 innings, allowing three runs off eight hits with a trio of strikeouts. Only two of the runs were earned.

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