Gianfranco Morello singled to right field to drive in Kyle Keenan in the bottom of the 13th inning, lifting the University of Charleston to 1 6-5 win over Fairmont State in the first round of the Mountain East Conference baseball tournament Thursday at Linda K. Epling Stadium in Beckley.
The Golden Eagles (34-17) trailed 5-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning when Austin Hathaway cut the deficit to one run with a solo home run. In the bottom of the seventh, Hathaway singled up the middle to drive in Morello to tie the game up at 5-5.
Hathaway also had a double and finished with three RBIs for the Golden Eagles, while Morello had three hits with a double and two RBIs and Colby Johnson added three hits for UC.
Jordan Sanders and Chris Green each had two hits for Fairmont State (25-24) and EJ Trickett added a double for the Falcons, while Greg Yaksich hit a triple.
Jacob Kaiser (7-3) earned the win for UC after allowing just two hits in 41/3 innings of relief for UC. Houston Morris (2-2) took the loss for Fairmont State.
The Golden Eagles will face Notre Dame at 7 p.m. Friday. Fairmont State faces UVa-Wise in an elimination game at noon.
Shepherd 5, UVa-Wise 3: Brenton Doyle belted a two-run home run and Justin Smith followed with a solo blast to cap a four-run bottom of the eighth as the Rams erupted for four runs in the inning to erase a 3-1 deficit and win it for Shepherd (35-14), which was outhit 13-5 by UVa-Wise (25-26).
Adam Miller (5-3), pitching in relief of Shepherd starter Ryan Potts, got the win after allowing one run on six hits in 42/3 innings. Tyler Shorter pitched the ninth inning to earn the save for the Rams.
Brett Yates and Jordan Turner had three hits apiece for Wise. Landon Faulkner (3-8) took the loss.
Shepherd will take on Concord at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Notre Dame 7, Concord 1: Ricky Phillips, Nick Farrell, Naja Garcia, Lukas Thompson and Corey Miley each hit doubles for Notre Dame (26-25), with Farrell and Miley each recording two RBIs.
Tyler Gault (8-4) earned the win from the pitchers mound for Notre Dame after pitching 61/3 innings, giving up six hits and one run.
Jordan Clark had two hits and an RBI for Concord (33-16), with pitcher Will Guay (6-4) being dealt the loss.