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Harold Diaz had the game winning single to lift the Patriots in 10 inningsHarold Diaz had the game winning single to lift the Patriots in 10 innings

Patriots Walk Off UC in the 10th for the Win

St. Catharine (30-13, 13-5 MSC) and the University of the Cumberlands gave up a combined 13 unearned runs in the MSC series opener, and the SC Patriots came out on top in the bottom of the 10th inning on a Harold Diaz (Gurabo, PR) walk off single to win 9-8.

Drew Kissel (Jeffersonville, IN) reached base on a bad hop single and was replaced by pinch runner Lamont Calloway (Louisville, KY) with 1 out in the 10th. Calloway advanced to second base on a bad pick off attempt and Alfredo Bohorquez (Maracaibo, Venezuela) was walked, setting up Diaz for a walk off single up the middle scoring Calloway. It was Calloway's 3rd run scored on the day.

St. Catharine jumped on top with 2 runs in the 3rd, all with 2 outs. Kissel and Bohorquez both singled and Diaz knocked home Calloway for the 1st run and Bohorquez scored on a UC error. Cumberlands tied it up with 2 runs off starter John Werner (Anaheim, CA), who got the no decision. The senior tossed 6 innings, allowing 5 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits. He tallied 5 K's, which brings his total to a single season school record 93 punch outs.

In the top of the 5th, UC (26-23, 8-10 MSC) scored 3 unearned runs to take a 5-2 lead. The Patriots answered with 4 runs in the 5th and 2 more in the 6th to widen the lead. UC plated 3 more unearned runs in the 8th which tied the game at 8-8 off reliever Nathan Getzin (Louisville, KY). Getzin tossed 1.1 innings, allowing 3 unearned runs on 5 hits. Austin Willis-Greene (Manhattan, NY) picked up the win in relief, hurling 2.2 innings of shut out ball. He allowed just 1 hit and got a key inning ending double play with bases loaded on a diving play by Santiago Arce (Chula Vista, CA) in the 8th.

SC picked up 12 hits in the game. They were led by Harold Diaz who went 3-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI's. Alfredo Bohorquez went 3-5 with 3 runs scored and Tyler Devine (Harrodsburg, KY) went 2-5 with 2 RBI's. Drew Kissel had a 2 hit day as well.

Both teams are back in action tomorrow, as the Patriots honor 9 seniors in between games. The opener starts at 12:00.

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