RICHMOND, Ky. – Belmont Baseball's season came to an end Friday afternoon with a 15-8 loss to Eastern Kentucky in the 2019 Ohio Valley Conference tournament.
The Colonels got off to a quick start, taking a 3-0 lead after the top of the second.
The Bruins seemed to find its rhythm in the bottom of the second. Senior Devon Gardner (Maryville, Tenn.) led off with a double down the left field line. A single from senior Hunter Holland (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) and a hit batter juiced the bases with no outs. Freshman Grayson Taylor (Cullman, Ala.) plated the first runs of the night with a single through the left side to cut the EKU lead 3-2. Another single from junior Hagan Severance (Brentwood, Tenn.) loaded the bases yet again. Senior Zach Ehrhart (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) put BU in the lead 4-3 with a single up the middle that scored two more.
EKU continued its impressive offensive performance scoring five more runs in the next two innings to retake the lead 7-4.
BU got back on the board in the bottom of the fourth. A triple by Hagan Severance with one out put BU in a good position and sophomore Jackson Campbell (Russellville, Ky.) delivered a ground ball RBI to cut the lead 7-5.
The Colonels put the game out of reach in the fifth inning after six runs put BU behind 14-5.
Sophomore Stone Selby (Hohenwald, Tenn.) took over the mound for BU in the sixth inning and threw two scoreless innings.
The Bruins never gave up and scored two runs in the sixth. After an error and walk, senior Chas Hadden (Morristown, Tenn.) singled up the middle to plate a run. The second run of the inning came by way of a bases loaded walk to cut the lead 14-7.
EKU scored its final run of the night in the top of the eighth to increase its lead 15-7.
The final run of the night came in the bottom of the ninth inning. Sophomore Logan Jarvis (Franklin, Tenn.) hammered a pinch-hit leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth to cap off the scoring.
BU ended the season with a 27-30 overall record and 20-13 OVC record.