November 8, 2016

MARTIN, Tenn. - In epic comeback fashion, the Navy team outlasted the Orange team to claim victory in the annual intersquad 100-inning game for the University of Tennessee at Martin baseball program.

In the third installment of the 100-inning game under UT Martin head coach Rick Robinson, each player was not allowed to play their normal position and the game was played 10 innings at a time. Each batter received one pitch to put in play and if the batter chose to take the pitch, he is out. A run is scored each time a baserunner advances to third base.

After a slow start to the contest for both teams, the Orange squad jumped out to a 15-9 lead after 30 innings. The Orange team extended their lead in the 31-60th innings thanks in part to Robert Worley (five homers, nine RBIs) and Alex Evans (11 hits, three homers, five RBIs) who were both vying for the coveted Most Valuable Player award. It looked like it would be an easy victory for the guys in orange before the Navy squad began to make their move.

The Navy team was able to breakout with a remarkable 24 runs in the 71-80th innings to give them the 47-41 lead. The Navy squad was led by Tanner Wessling, who led all hitters on the team with four home runs, and Ben Aslett, who recorded 11 hits while racking up a .423 average in 26 at-bats. Navy carried the momentum over to take a 54-49 lead heading into the final ten frames.

The Orange squad pushed across seven runs in their at-bat to give them a narrow 56-54 lead heading into the bottom half of the innings. Navy was able to push across two runs in the 92nd inning to tie the contest and give them a chance to take home the victory with just seven innings to play. However, the Navy team did not take long to claim the title as Ryan Helgren blasted a towering homer to give the Navy team the 58-56 win in what was the first ever walk-off home run in UT Martin 100-inning game history. Wessling claimed MVP honors as several others picked up accolades for their efforts.

Most Valuable Player: Tanner Wessling

Almost Most Valuable Player: Winston Cannon

Would Have Been MVP But His Team Lost: Alex Evans

First Run Scored: Ben Aslett

First Home Run: Robert Worley

Farthest Bat Throw: Dan Kerwin

Best Left-Handed Shortstop: Dom Bazzani (2nd year in a row)

Worst Left-Handed Infielder: Sam Folks

Best Defensive Pitcher: Tanner Wessling

Worst Pitcher in 100-Inning Game History: JoJo Allen (10 IP, 24 runs allowed)

Pitcher with the Best Swing: Justin Pickle

Best Hitting Pitcher: Winston Cannon

Worst Hitting Pitcher: Shane Seckinger

Worst First Baseman: Shane Seckinger

Pitcher Most Likely to Strike Out: Jake Patzner

Worst Outfield Communication: Zack Denney and Caleb Brewer

Pitcher Who Swings the Hardest: Dom Bazzani

Shakiest Outfielder: Winston Cannon

Worst Base Running: JoJo Allen

Player Most Likely to Strike Out Looking: Kyle Laberge and Tanner Wessling

Best Defensive Outfielder: Tyler Borski

Most Likely to Lose a Fly Ball at Dusk: Tyler Borski

Most Likely to Carry His Bat All the Way to First Base: Tyler Borski

Best Defensive Play: Ryan Helgren (sliding catch on a line drive to left field to save two runs)

Longest Home Run: Ryan Helgren

Best “Happy Gilmore” Impersonation: Tanner Wessling (2nd year in a row)

King of Karaoke: Jake Patzner (2nd year in a row)