Baseball Wins First OVC Series

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont Baseball (11-4, 2-1) won Sunday's rubber game with Southeast Missouri, 6-2. Sophomore Matt Beaty (Dresden, Tenn.) blasted his second home run of the season in the seventh to add an insurance run and preserve the victory.

This was Belmont's first Ohio Valley Conference series win. The Bruins joined the OVC in July.

Southeast Missouri loaded the bases in the first inning with two outs, but junior James Buckelew (Lawrenceville, Ga.) pitched out of the jam, striking out the Redhawks right fielder. 

Drew Ferguson (Knoxville, Tenn.) drew a leadoff walk making it the 14th consecutive game he has reached base. Judah Akers (Cookeville, Tenn.) singled to right and Jared Breen (Marietta, Ga.) hit an RBI single to center to put the Bruins on the board first to lead, 1-0.

Breen singled to left to start the fourth, followed by a single from Matt Beaty (Dresden, Tenn.). Scott Moses (Englewood, Tenn.) extended his hit streak to three games, loading the bases with no outs bringing catcher Jamie Ritchie (Burford, Ga.) up to the plate. Ritchie blasted a three-run triple down the left field line, giving Belmont a 4-0 lead. A sacrifice fly from Dom Veltri (Clarksville, Tenn.) plated Ritchie to extend the Bruins' lead 5-0.

SEMO scored their first run of the game off a double from their first baseman Matt Tellor in the fifth inning. A double down the left field line from Branden Baggetto scored one more for the Redhawks, cutting Belmont's lead to 5-2. Jessie Snodgrass (Lebanon, Tenn.) came on to relieve Buckelew and struck out the first batter he faced.

Buckelew went 4.1 innings, giving up six hits and two earned runs. The left hander struck out two. 

Beaty blasted a solo shot out to right center to put the Bruins up, 6-2 in the bottom of the seventh.

Snodgrass recorded 2.2 innings of relief as he set a career high of four strikeouts. He only gave up one hit and one walk. Josh Davis (Fayetteville, Ga.) took the mound in the eighth to close the game. The right hander struck out two in his relief appearance.
Turner, Breen and Beaty each had two hits. Ritchie led the Bruins with three RBI.
 
The Bruins continue their homestand on Tuesday, March 12, as BU hosts Buffalo. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.