NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont dropped a 3-14 decision Saturday afternoon in game two of a three-game series against Illinois State at E.S. Rose Park.
Much like in game one, Illinois State got off to a quick start, scoring three runs in the first inning. The Redbirds scored one more in the top of the second and three in the top of the third to take 7-0 lead after three full innings.
Junior Zach Ehrhart (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) was Belmont's best offensive player of the afternoon. Ehrhart, who was the first Bruin to the plate, leadoff with a single in the bottom of the first inning but was stranded at second base. He would be the only Belmont player to record a hit until the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Bruins found some offensive power in the fifth after leadoff man freshman Tommy Crider (Madison, Ala.) sent a single through the left side to put a man on base. The next two batters flew out and struck out, but freshman Jack Capobianco (London, Ky.) got a two-out rally going when he sent a base hit over the third basemen's head, advancing Crider to scoring position. With runners on first and third, Ehrhart notched his second hit of the night sending Crider across home plate for BU's first run of the night. After the runners and first and second advanced on the throw, senior Chas Hadden (Morristown, Tenn.) stepped up with two runners in scoring position. He delivered a base-clearing single down the left line. After five innings, Belmont had cut ISU's lead 7-3.
Illinois State responded by stringing together a couple hits of their own to score two in the top of the sixth extending its lead 9-3. Senior Devon Gardner (Maryville, Tenn.) notched the BU's final hit of the night in the bottom of the sixth with a one-out double but was stranded at second.
Illinois State blew open its lead in the top of the seventh, scoring five runs on three hits to take a 14-3 lead. Belmont was unable to gets its offense going for the remainder of the game and ultimately fell 14-3.
The final game of the series will be Sunday at E.S. Rose Park. First pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m.