Razorbacks scrape past Knights in walk-off win

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Razorbacks scrape past Knights in walk-off win

Alpha’s Andrew Netz tags Wesley Shebs of the Knights for an out. Photo: Holly Diller

The Alpha Theta Pi Razorbacks pulled off a walk-off softball playoff win Monday afternoon against the Kappa Sigma Chi Knights. The second-seeded Razorbacks were 2-1 for the season at the start of the game, while the seventh-seeded Knights were looking for their first win of the season after three games.

At the start of the game, Alpha took an early 4-1 lead after a quick first inning.

Through strong fielding and the accurate pitching of sophomore Andrew Netz, Alpha shut out the Knights for the second inning. In the bottom of the third, sophomore Corey Turner scored a run for the Knights to make the score 4-2 after a line drive to center field by sophomore Jeremiah Gilbert.

The Knights caught fire in the fourth inning when sophomore Dicot Termeteet started a four-man hitting streak to tie the game at five apiece. The Knights then held the Razorbacks to five after a quick bottom of the inning, including a recorded strike-out from Knights pitcher Corey Turner.

At the top of the fifth, Andrew Netz, Ben Armstrong, Zach Mukenschnabl and Zach Westfall worked together to hold the Knights to only one run, 6-5.

Alpha then scored two runs off hits by freshman Chris Gray and senior Spencer Pagliuca to take the lead, 7-6, for the second time in the game.

The Knights, however, came out with intensity at the top of the sixth and final inning. After quickly loading the bases with no recorded outs, Knights freshman Nate Johnson hit a shot out to center field to tie the game at seven. After a walk given to Termeteet to give the Knights the lead, freshmen Scotty Diggs and Wesley Shebs kept the bat going for the Knights to extend their lead to 11-7.

Determined to win the game, Alpha had a resounding answer for the Knights at the bottom of the sixth and final inning. Armstrong started the inning’s batting order off with a line drive home run out to center field. After a single by junior Blake Illsley and a walk by freshman Aaron West, junior Edward Robinson hit a single to bring Illsley home and bring Alpha within two. Westfall followed up with a double to bring West and Robinson home to tie the game at 11.

With two outs in the inning and a man on second, sophomore Stephen Bruce hit a line drive out to right field to bring Westfall home and give the Razorbacks a walk-off win at 12-11.