The University of Charleston scored three runs in the bottom of the 10th inning to earn a 5-4 victory over Notre Dame in the Mountain East Conference Tournament Friday at Linda K. Epling Stadium in Beckley.
The Golden Eagles improved to 2-0 in the tournament and advance to the winners bracket against Shepherd (36-14) at 10 a.m. Saturday.
With UC trailing 4-2 in the 10th, Derek Dudek led off with a walk and Brice Arrington singled. With one out, Gianfranco Morello hit an RBI single to cut the Notre Dame lead to one.
Morello stole second and Jesse Elliot, who entered the game in the 10th inning as a defensive replacement, hit a single to left to drive in the winning runs for the Golden Eagles.
It marked the second time UC rallied from a two-run deficit against the Falcons. Trailing 2-0 in the eighth, UC scored two runs to tie the game on a triple by Morello.
Notre Dame took the lead with two runs in the 10th before UC rallied for the win.
Morello was 3 for 5 for UC with three RBIs. Starting pitcher Brandon Harris didn’t factor into the decision but pitched nine-plus innings, throwing 126 pitches.
UVA-Wise 19, Fairmont State 14: Brett Roberts led Wise’s 17-hit attack, going 3 for 5 with two walks, four runs and four RBIs.
Wise (26-26) will play Notre Dame at 1:15 p.m. Saturday in an elimination game.
David Thomas was 3 for 5 with six RBIs for the Cavaliers, who trailed 7-2 after four innings but outscored Fairmont State (25-25) 17-7 the rest of the way to eliminate the Falcons.
Zach Musgrove, Tyler Hill and Chris Green each had three hits for the Falcons, who outhit Wise 21-17.
Shepherd 5, Concord 3: Christian Doyle went 4 for 5 and Brenton Doyle went 3 for 5 with a single, double and triple to lead Shepherd to victory and eliminating the Mountain Lions.
Concord concludes its season at 33-17.
Concord (33-17) led 3-1 but Shepherd tacked on three runs in the sixth inning to take the lead, highlighted by RBI singles by Trenton Burgreen and Brenton Doyle.
Eric O’Brien pitched four shutout innings of relief for the Rams to close the game out and send Shepherd into the winners bracket championship.
Senior Evan Webb finished his career for Concord by collecting four hits on the day. Jordan Clark recorded his 200th career RBI.