NASHVILLE, Tenn. – In front of a crowd of 1,207 fans for the grand opening of the new E.S. Rose Park, the Belmont baseball team (26-21) split a non-conference doubleheader against Murray State (16-26) on Tuesday night. Senior Nate Woods (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) earned the win in the second game, while senior Jon Ivie (Summertown, Tenn.) picked up his eighth save of the season.
The Bruins recorded six hits but failed to score in the first game of the doubleheader, falling to the Thoroughbreds by a score of 7-0. Freshman James Buckelew (Suwanee, Ga.) allowed only three runs on six hits in six innings of action as the Belmont starter. The left-hander was credited with the loss after the BU offense was unable to give him any run support.
Woods, who was the only Bruin to record two hits in Game One, started Game Two on the mound, pitching four innings of shutout baseball. The right-hander allowed only three hits as he improved to 3-5 on the season on the mound. Junior Garrett Fanchier (Lebanon, Tenn.) and Ivie combined to pitch the final three innings of the game, giving BU a 3-0 victory. Fanchier and Ivie each allowed only one hit as the latter tallied his second save in as many outings.
The Bruins took advantage in the second game with three runs in the third inning. Woods doubled down the left field line to drive in the first run of the day for Belmont. The Belmont captain tallied three doubles over the course of the two games.
Junior Zac Mitchell (Cordova, Tenn.) scored on Woods' double, after reaching base on a walk. Junior Dylan Craig (Signal Mountain, Tenn.) was hit by a pitch, and then scored along with Woods on a single by senior Matt Zeblo (Raleigh, N.C.).
Ivie entered the game with a 3-0 lead in the top of the seventh inning. After getting the first Murray State batter to ground out, the righty allowed a single through the infield. Ivie then struck out two consecutive batters to give BU their first victory at Rose Park.
Woods and Zeblo each tallied two hits in the second game, as Belmont finished with only five hits for three runs. The Bruins finished the day at 26-21 and will take the weekend off for finals. BU will next host Tennessee Martin in a non-conference game at Rose Park, Wednesday, May 11 at 6:00 p.m.