Jacob Kaiser tossed eight solid innings and Colby Johnson drove in three runs as the University of Charleston beat Shepherd 10-2 Saturday in the Mountain East Conference baseball tournament at Linda K. Epling Stadium in Beckley.
The Golden Eagles (36-17), the top seed out of the South Division and needing one more win to claim the tournament championship, were tied with Notre Dame 4-4 after five innings Saturday night when the game was suspended due to foggy conditions. The game will be resumed at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
UC can claim the tournament title with a win over Notre Dame. If UC loses, a deciding game would be played Sunday following the conclusion of the suspended game.
Kaiser picked up the win against Shepherd, allowing two runs on four hits and striking out six against one walk for UC.
Johnson went 2 for 5 with a double and three RBIs, while Brice Arrington, Hayden Cartt and Kyle Keenan each drove in two runs for the Golden Eagles, who cranked out 13 hits. Also for Charleston, Austin Hathaway went 3 for 5 with an RBI.
Justin Smith went 2 for 3 with a home run, and Syeed Mahdi drove in a run for the Rams (36-15).
The Golden Eagles exploded for six runs in the third inning, and plated four more in the top of the ninth to put the game out of reach.
Notre Dame 13, Shepherd 10: Nick Farrell and Lukas Thompson each drove in three runs as Notre Dame stayed alive. The Falcons moved on to face UC Saturday night, while the Rams were eliminated.
Notre Dame, the No. 2 seed out of the North Division, used a seven-run second inning and pounded out 19 hits in the win.
Farrell went 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs, while Thompson went 3 for 5 with two doubles and three RBIs for the Falcons. Corey Miley, Zach Santori, Ricky Phillips, Joseph Paskell and Adam Purdy each collected two hits.
Syeed Mahdi went 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs, and Eric Sloper went 2 for 3 with a homer and an RBI for the Rams.
Notre Dame 4, Virginia-Wise 2: Notre Dame’s Kenny Pierson scattered 10 hits but allowed just two run and struck out four in a complete game as Notre Dame edged the Cavaliers.
Lukas Thompson went 2 for 4 with an RBI, Joseph Paskell hit an RBI double, and Adam Purdy went 2 for 4 for the Falcons (27-26), who used a three-run fifth inning to get the win.
Bret Roberts and Matthew Branham each had an RBI and Jordon Turner tallied two hits for Virginia-Wise.