Things were going very well for the St. Catharine College baseball team as they entered the ninth inning of their elimination game of the Mid-South Conference tournament played Thursday at Campbellsville University. But things then went awry as the host Tigers scored seven unearned runs to pull out an unlikely 10-8 win against Luther Bramblett’s Bat Pats.
St. Catharine (31-26-1) took an 8-3 lead into the final frame against Campbellsville (32-18) but committed three errors in the inning to go along with two walks and two Tiger hits, one of those a two-run homer that capped off the seven run outburst.
Campbellsville took a 3-0 lead in the second inning off starter Tim Paxton but the senior right hander shut them down after that until the final inning. In 8 1/3 innings Paxton allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits. He walked three and struck out five. Paxton gave way to Matt Wagner in the ninth inning after the Tigers loaded the bases on an error, single and a walk. Wagner walked the first batter but then recorded the second out before he was victimized by consecutive errors that extended the inning for the decisive home run. Cory Klinger came in to record a strike out for the final out of the inning.
The Patriots were retired in order in the bottom of the ninth. That was the only inning that they did not have a baserunner as the Bat Pats had 13 hits for the game. Luis Zeledon had three hits and scored two runs. Jeremy Turpin had three hits and two RBI’s. Andrew Garcia had two hits and two RBI’s. Juan Moriel also had two hits and scored twice. Alan Stoupa had a solo homer and Adam Blair tripled.
Campbellsville will advance to play Shawnee State Friday, needing two wins to claim the conference title. No matter the outcome, both of those teams will advance to the regional tournament since Campbellsville won the regular season title.