Demorest, Ga. – Kameron Bowling tallied a career-high 15 strikeouts as the Transylvania softball team prevailed 5-4 in a marathon 12 innings over the Emory & Henry College Wasps in game four of the NCAA Demorest Regional at the Walker Athletic Complex on Saturday night.
The extra-inning affair, which began at 5:00 p.m., endured two weather delays before the Pioneers were able to claim the victory more than six hours later. The 12 innings played were the most by a Pioneers' squad in any game over the last decade.
The Pioneers put their bats to work early on as Shelby Gambrell singled down the left-field line followed by a Meg Liter RBI double off the centerfield wall that put Transylvania ahead 1-0 in the first inning.
Emory & Henry responded with a pair of hits in the bottom half of the frame that tied the game at 1-1.
Transylvania retook the lead at 2-1 in the top of the second inning when Janelle Hynes led off with a walk and then scored on a Wasps' error.
Emory & Henry charged ahead in the bottom of the third as the Wasps converted three hits into three runs to take a 4-2 advantage.
With the score even, the Pioneers and Wasps settled in for four straight innings of scoreless ball before the rain forced both teams to exit the field.
Following the delay, the teams completed a scoreless 11th inning. Then, with one out in the top of the 12th, Gambrell smacked a triple to centerfield and later scored on a Nunn sacrifice fly that put the Pioneers ahead for good at 5-4.
Following a short rain delay, Bowling struck out three straight Wasps in the bottom of the 12th to deliver the Pioneers the dramatic 5-4 victory.
Bowling was spectacular on the mound on Saturday, scattering eight hits and four runs over 12 innings of work. The sophomore struck out seven Wasps over the final three innings in the victory.
With the exhilarating victory, Transylvania's record improves to 29-12 on the season as the Pioneers move on to face the Emory University Eagles in game five of the tournament, currently scheduled for tomorrow at 12:00 p.m., at the Walker Athletic Complex. The winner of that game will match up against Piedmont in the Regional Championship game.
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