CLEVELAND, Miss. - Seventh-ranked Delta State scored single runs in both the eighth and ninth innings Sunday to rally for a 7-6 win over ACU and a series victory at Ferriss Field.
The win pushes the Statesmen to 12-3, while the Wildcats fall to 12-9 on the season. ACU will be back in action Friday and Saturday with a three-game Lone Star Conference series at Incarnate Word in San Antonio.
The Wildcats rallied from a 5-1 deficit to score two runs in the third, two more in the sixth and the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh.
In the third, Travis Schuetze singled to left-centerfield to drive in Kevin Finklea, and Schuetze later came around to score on an error. In the sixth inning, Reed Watson drove in two runs with a home run to left-centerfield to make it 5-5.
ACU then took a one-run lead in the seventh when Finklea led off the top of the inning with a home run to left field.
With a one-run lead, ACU head coach Britt Bonneau went to his bullpen for his closer, Josh Stone, but he couldn't hold the lead. Chad Fortenberry led the inning off with a double to left center field. Then with one out Kidd sent a base hit into left center field that scored pinch-runner Morris Grant for the game tying run.
After a 1-2-3 top of the ninth, the Statesmen came to plate with a chance to win the game. Jordan Chovanec led off the ninth by legging out an infield single. After Chovanec stole second, Justin Badon came through with a game winning double into right field. The extra base hit scored Chovanec, and let the Statesmen come away with a 7-6 win.
Stone was saddled with the loss as he fell to 3-2 on the season. Aaron Lambrix was spectacular in middle relief, hurling five scoreless innings and giving up just four hits and nothing else while striking out three Statesmen.
KTAB Regional Heartland Forecast: PM June 18th, 2013
Comfortable overnight with a warm and humid start to Wednesday.
KTAB Eastern Big Country Regional Forecast: PM June 18th, 2013
Partly cloudy skies tonight with gradually clearing skies Wednesday afternoon.
KTAB Western Big Country Regional Forecast: PM June, 18th, 2013
Partly cloudy skies with a slight storm chance overnight.
Hurricane Weather Hits Abilene
Last night a storm swept through Abilene leaving major damage.
Pollution Possible Risk Factor For Autism
A large new national study suggests there is a link between exposure to air pollution during pregnancy and autism.
Page 3 of 720