LUBBOCK, Texas (March 19, 2013) – Jason Fisch hit a single to score Kamron Bownds from second base and No.16 Lubbock Christian University was able to garner a 6-5 walk-off victory in 10 innings Tuesday night over NCAA Div. II University of Texas of the Permian Basin at Hays Field.
Trailing 4-2, UTPB rallied with a three-run top of the ninth inning with a bases loaded triple hit by Jordyn Van Atta for a 5-4 lead. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Brett Kauten reached base on a one-out single and then stole second base to move into scoring position. He would score on a ground out by Brennyn Smith after first baseman Neil Madsen had an errant throw to third base. The run sent the game to extra innings tied 5-5. Joel Lutz opened the bottom of the 10th inning with a double to right-centerfield and was pinch ran for by Bownds. Kevin Domrzalki popped up on a sacrifice bunt attempt, but Fisch pulled it out for the Chaps with a single down the left field line.
LCU had the game's initial lead after Smith extended his hitting streak to 18 games by driving in a run in the first inning with a double, and Christian Vasquez produced a sacrifice fly in the second inning for a 2-0 advantage. UTPB took advantage of a lead-off single from Nelson Quintero, as an eventual fielder's choice allowed him to score. Kauten had a single and a stolen base leading to a RBI-single from Wigberto Nevarez to put LCU up 4-1 in the fourth inning. UTPB would then score the next four runs, as Quintero produced a single to score a run in the sixth inning to trail 4-2 before the three-run ninth inning.
Kauten and Fisch each went 3-for-5 in the game, and Kauten also had three stolen bases. Fisch led the Chaps with two RBI. Lutz reached on a base hit and has reached base safely in all 27 games this season. Van Atta was 2-for-5 with three RBI for UTPB.
The two teams combined for 15 pitchers taking the mound, with UTPB using nine pitchers. Isaac Diaz (1-1) suffered the loss for the Falcons. LCU's Jack Mabe, who pitched a scoreless 10th inning, earned the win to move to 3-0.
The Chaps are 22-5 with the win, while UTPB falls to 7-16. LCU swept the home-and-home season series over the Falcons. The Chaps remain home Friday to open a four-game Sooner Athletic Conference series hosting University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma.