UE Baseball's Comeback Bid Falls Short in 12-7 Loss at Belmont
April 3, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Evansville baseball team rallied to score four runs in the top of the eighth, but the Purple Aces' comeback bid fell short in a 12-7 loss to Belmont Wednesday afternoon at E.S. Rose Park in Nashville, Tenn.
"We just didn't play well enough on the road to win a midweek game and it started on the mound," head coach Wes Carroll said. "We couldn't get the pitching performances we needed to put us in a position to possibly win late in the game. With that being said, we cannot let this game affect our momentum going into a big weekend on the road in Charlotte."
Evansville (16-10) saw its streak of seven-straight games with 10 or more hits come to an end, as the Aces finished the contest with eight base hits and saw Belmont (10-18) pound out 17. Junior Kyle Pollock finished 2-for-5 with a bases-clearing double for three RBI and freshman Max Foley completed the contest 1-for-4 with a two-run home run, the first of his career.
It was a rough day for three of the four pitchers that UE sent to the mound. Freshman Jimmy Ward (0-3) dropped his third-straight decision, after allowing four runs on six hits in 2.2 innings. Seniors Tyler Miller and James Kohler combined to allow eight runs on 10 hits in 2.0 frames of relief. On the other hand, freshman Brian Jestice provided Evansville with 3.1 scoreless innings, as he allowed just one hit and struck out three in his four outing of the year.
The Aces took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second with a two-out rally, after sophomore Jonathan Ramon was hit by a pitch and Foley followed with his first career long ball. However, the lead was short lived, as the Bruins countered with four runs in each of their next three at bats.
Matt Kinney and Tyler Walsh led off the inning with back-to-back homers to tie the game at 2-2, before Greg Brody gave BU its first lead of the game with an RBI single to score Jamie Ritchie. Nick Egli capped the rally with a two-out single to left to plate Brody.
In Belmont's half of the fourth, Matt Beaty drove in two more Bruin runs with a single to center and Ritchie pushed BU's lead to 8-2 on Belmont's third homer of the game, a two-run shot to straightaway center. In the fifth, Brennan Washington scored a run on a walk by Kohler, Alec Diamond drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Beaty went deep to bring home two more Bruin runs and make the score 12-2.
Freshman Devin Williams got a run back for Evansville with an RBI single in the top of the sixth scoring junior Boomer Synek, before the Aces rallied for four runs in the eighth. With one out in the inning, UE got a run via a Belmont error and scored its final three tallies, when Pollock doubled to deep center, scoring Jake Mahon, Eric McKibban and Jarod Perry.
The Bruins' Greg Brody came on to pitch the ninth and wrapped up the BU victory by striking out the side.
Six Belmont hitters recorded multiple hits on the afternoon, including Ritchie, who led the way for the Bruins by going 4-for-5 with two RBI and Beaty drove in four runs as part of a 2-for-4 day.
The Aces will be on the road this weekend, when they travel to Charlotte, N.C., for a four-game series with Charlotte. UE will open the series with the 49ers Friday afternoon, April 4, with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.