COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – Behind late inning magic, Belmont Baseball (37-18, 22-8) defeated Tennessee Tech, 13-10 Saturday at Quillen Field.
With Saturday's win, Belmont sets the single season record for most regular season victories with 37.
A two-run home run from Jared Breen (Marietta, Ga.) got Belmont on the board first. Tennessee Tech responded in the bottom half of the inning off Bruin starter James Buckelew (Suwanee, Ga.) as a grand slam from Dylan Bosheers gave the Golden Eagles a 5-2 lead.
After Drew Ferguson (Knoxville, Tenn.) hit a two-out double, Breen delivered an RBI single up the middle to cut TTU's lead to 5-3.
The Golden Eagles plated one in the bottom of the third, but Belmont answered with a solo homer from Spencer Petett (Tompkinsville, Ky.) in the fourth.
In the sixth, the Bruins scored four runs to tie the game at 8-8 with four runs. Alec Diamond (Kennesaw, Ga.) got things started for BU with a single down the left field line followed by a single from Petett. A single to center from Neil Hickman (Hermitage, Tenn.) scored two. A sacrifice fly from Breen and a single through the right side from Matt Beaty (Dresden, Tenn.) plated Ritchie, who drew a walk, and Hickman to tie the game.
The Golden Eagles got two across in the bottom of the seventh behind a two-out single to left from Michael Morris.
In the top of the eighth, Ferguson drew a walk, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. An RBI single from Beaty scored Ferguson and an RBI single from Diamond put the tying run across.
Belmont took a three run lead in the top of the ninth. After Hickman walked and Ferguson was hit by a pitch, Breen's attempted sacrifice bunt was fielded but thrown into right field, allowing both Bruin runners to score. A sacrifice fly from Diamond scored Breen to extend Belmont's lead to 13-10.
Jessie Snodgrass (Lebanon, Tenn.) was a major stabilizing factor for Belmont, registering a career-long outing of 4.1 innings on the mound. He allowed four hits and struck out two.
Belmont will move on to the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament as the No.3 seed next week at The Ballpark at Jackson in Jackson, Tenn.
The Bruins will face No. 6 seed SEMO in Wednesday's nightcap. First pitch is slated for 7:00 p.m. CT.
Live video will be provided throughout the OVC Tournament, with the live play-by-play of Voice of the Bruins Rich Tiner on the Bruin Sports Network.
Check BelmontBruins.com for complete tournament information.