Saturday was "Warrior Day" at Patricia Wilson Field as the Hatters honored the men and women serving in the United States military by wearing cammo jerseys. Stetson then battled Lipscomb for more than three hours in a dramatic a 4-3 victory in 13 innings.
It was also a special day for junior Amanda Grimaldo and senior Sarah Read, who each had their brothers recognized for their military service by throwing out ceremonial first pitches.
Grimaldo's brother, Daniel, a United States Army Specialist, just returned to the U.S. after a nine-month tour in Asadabad and Bagram, Afghanistan.
"It was awesome," Grimaldo said about having Daniel at the game. "It was the first time he has seen me play in two years. He saw us fight, and we fought like warriors. I wanted to win it so bad for him and for all the people who serve our country and bless us with being able to play the game."
Read's brother, Kyle, served in the United States Marine Corps and was stationed at Parris Island, S.C., Camp Legune, N.C., and Camp Pendleton, Calif.
"I know it meant a lot to him and it meant a lot to me because he hasn't been able to see me play or my teams play the past few years," Read said.
Saturday's marathon victory allowed the Hatters (31-9) to remain in second place in the Atlantic Sun with just six conference games remaining in the regular season.
Stetson will play its final non-conference game at 6 p.m. Tuesday night at UCF. The Knights (33-14) won the first meeting between the teams 1-0 in DeLand on Apr. 9.
GoHatters.com will be blogging live from the UCF Softball Complex. Live video will be available through the UCF Athletics website. Live stats, the Stetson softball twitter feed, and the Hat-Alerts text messaging system will provide in-game updates as well.