NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont University Baseball dropped a tough 3-2 loss to Eastern Kentucky in 10 innings on Saturday afternoon.
The scoring in this game was early on. In the top of the first, Belmont opened the game with senior Zach Ehrhart (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) working a walk. Senior Chas Hadden (Morristown, Tenn.) kept the early momentum going with a single to left center to put runners on the corners. The next BU batter grounded into a double play, but it was enough to plate a run for the Bruins.
Down 1-0, Eastern Kentucky dug in and took its first lead of the day in the bottom of the first inning. After a couple of free passes put Colonels on base, a single to left field plated two runs for a 2-1 EKU lead after one complete.
The Bruins struck again in the top of the third to tie things up. A leadoff double from freshman Grayson Taylor (Cullman, Ala.) got things going in the inning. A bunt for a hit from Ehrhart advanced Taylor to scoring position, setting up a sacrifice fly situation. Hadden delivered with a fly ball to center field to even the score 2-2.
The next six innings proved to be a defensive battle. Impressive pitching and defensive plays kept both teams scoreless through the next six innings for a 2-2 score at the end of nine complete.
With two outs, freshman John Behrends (Chattanooga, Tenn.) kept BU alive offensively by beating out a throw for an infield single. The next batter walked, pushing Behrends to scoring position, but both runners were stranded.
EKU closed things out in the bottom of the 10thinning. A leadoff double and a sacrifice bunt pushed a runner to third with just one out. BU intentionally walked the next two batters to set up a potential double play, but a fly ball was just deep enough for the sacrifice to give the Colonels the 3-2 victory.
With today's results, Belmont has secured the #4 seed in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. The Bruins will play #5 Murray State on Wednesday, May 22 at 9:00 p.m. CT at Rent One Park in Marion, Ill.