A Joyous and Heart-Breaking 24 Hours

I am sure there are plenty who can tell you stories of a lot that has happened in New Orleans in a 24-hour period. And many who think a lot happened in 24 hours in NOLA but are a little fuzzy on some of the details.

From approximately 9:30 p.m. Friday to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday the AState Nation had one heck of a ride.

1. It doesn't exactly fit into the time frame, so we are fudging a little bit here, but the Red Wolves opened a three-game series with UALR with a 3-0 victory as sophomore pitcher David Owen struck out 10 in seven innings.

2. Arkansas State 116, UALR 114. Four Overtimes. It was a game that had the A-StateNation buzzing and tweeter on fire. It also turned out to be the lead story on ESPN for the next 12 hours or so, the amazing, gut-wrenching victory over the Trojans in the longest game in Arkansas State and Sun Belt Conference history.

3. At noon on Saturday, the Red Wolves started the first game of a doubleheader against UALR. The Trojan scored early, built a 3-0 lead, but A-State rallied on produced a 5-3 victory to clinch the winning series.

4. At 2 p.m., the Red Wolves took the floor in the semifinals against league champion Georgia State, about 14 hours after the ending of the UALR game. A-State started well, but it was pretty easy to see there was not much fuel left in the tank. Out-of-gas and out-of-sync, the league champs rolled to a 72-45 victory.

5. At 7:13 p.m., the Red Wolves and Trojans wrapped a 14-inning game in the conclusion of their 3-game Sun Belt series with A-State taking a 4-3 victory on Matt Burgess' game-winning single. It was the fifth series sweep in the last six with the Trojans. The game lasted around 4 hours.

6. A few minutes later, we learned that senior track standout Sharkia Nelvis won the hurdles at the NCAA Indoor championships. She was the first ASU female athlete to win an NCAA championship. In all it was a big weekend for A-State track, which is headed back to the glory days of the late 1970s and early 80s, with a 19th finish nationally for the women and a 24th finish for the men. First time ever both had finished in the top 25.

7. But the night ended with heartbreak. Outscored down the stretch, coach Brian Boyer's team was one shot away from earning the school's first trip to the NCAA tournament. Western Kentucky rallied for a 61-60 victory.