05/12/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/12/2019 03:03
On Saturday evening at US Baseball Park, senior right-hander and junior right-hander combined to suppress top-seeded Quincy's attack while the seventh-seeded Knights scored six of their runs with two outs in an 8-4 victory.
After eliminating the two-time defending champion Hawks (32-18), Bellarmine (32-19) moved to 3-0 in the GLVC Tournament for the first time since 2013, when the Knights secured their most recent title. Bellarmine will face fourth-seeded and 19th-ranked Illinois Springfield in a winner-take-all championship matchup at 1:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday. The Knights swept the Prairie Stars at home in a three-game series to end the regular season. UIS advanced Saturday with a 3-2 win over Maryville.
Bellarmine has now won seven straight games and reliable pitching over the last month-plus has given the Knights the push they've needed to climb to 13 games over .500. Beach (5-2) tossed 6.0 solid innings and allowed four runs, including three earned, on four hits with five strikeouts in notching the win. Ethington commanded the final 3.0 innings, allowing no runs and only one hit with three strikeouts while registering his second save.
Three of Quincy's runs against Beach came across on a two-out blooper to shallow right in the fifth, tying the game at 4-4. Bellarmine would regain the lead in the sixth. With two outs and one runner on, senior center fielder , sophomore left fielder and senior right fielder punched consecutive singles, with the latter two driving in runs for a 6-4 advantage.
Clutch two-out hitting was the theme offensively for Bellarmine. With two outs in the eighth, sophomore third baseman tagged a single up the middle to drive in two valuable insurance runs. Higgins also had a two-out RBI single in the second, and sophomore shortstop blasted a two-out RBI double in the third as the Knights built a 4-1 lead.
Phillips finished 4 for 5 with three runs scored. Higgins, Wiley, Mulcahy and Mehlbauer collected two hits each. Junior catcher had a two-run double in the first. Gambert, Higgins and Mulcahy had two RBIs each.
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