Wall wins to keep alive team’s season in UMAC Tournament
With its back against the wall, the University of Northwestern-St. Paul turned to Juneau’s Philip Wall.
The sophomore starter pitched 7.1 strong innings and the Eagles scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to assure a 6-2 victory over the No. 1-seeded St. Scholastica Saints in an elimination game at the NCAA D2 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Tournament in Duluth, Minnesota.
Wall scattered nine hits and three walks, dancing around baserunners and dodging danger to keep alive his team’s season.
Only one of the two runs he surrendered were earned.
Wall, of Thunder Mountain High fame, improved to 5-3 on the season. His five wins are the most among college pitchers from Alaska.
Northwestern led 3-2 going into the ninth before adding three insurance runs.
Wall lowered his ERA to 2.80 in 64.1 innings. He has struck out 40 batters and walked 23. He also has two 9-inning complete games to his credit.