CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Despite walking 13 batters and allowing six unearned runs, Campbellsville University baseball survived and advanced late Sunday night in the Mid-South Conference Tournament at HIG Field. The Tigers dropped their first game of the evening, 3-2, to fourth-seed Shawnee State University, and then escaped a high-scoring affair, 15-11, in an elimination game win over University of the Cumberlands.
The fifth-seeded Tigers now await the loser of second-seed Cumberland University and third-seed St. Catharine College in an elimination game Monday night, May 5, at 8 p.m. EDT. The game will be played at Lindsey Wilson College's Egnew Field in Columbia, Ky.
GAME 1 – Shawnee State 3, Campbellsville 2 - BOX SCORE
Shawnee State University centerfielder Todd Queener led off the game with a walk and never quit getting on base. The senior hit 2-for-4 in the game and scored all three runs for the Bears, scattered out in the first, third and seventh innings.
Following his leadoff walk, his brother Ryan Queener singled Daniel Katayama drew a walk to load the bases without an out. The three batters made short work of CU starting pitcher TR Dunne (5-2), who was making only his second start and left the bases loaded for reliever Alex Watson.
Watson pitched out of the jam, but not before giving up an RBI ground out to Nolan West for the Bears' first run.
Todd Queener doubled to start the third and scored on an RBI single by Katayama to make it 2-0, but Campbellsville responded in the bottom of the fourth with a leadoff double by Jaime Valle and RBI ground out from Ryan Squires.
Both teams scored in the seventh. Todd Queener once again led off the inning with a hit and scored on an RBI base hit by Wisner. The Tigers' picked up a one-out single from Alex Scanlan, who later scored on a sac fly by Shane Woodson to make it 3-2 after seven innings.
CU stranded two runners in the eighth and one in the ninth in the opening round loss.
Watson pitched nine innings in relief, allowing two earned runs off seven hits and a walk. MSC Freshman and Pitcher of the Year Derek Moore (10-2) earned the complete-game win, also allowing seven runs, only one earned, off seven hits and no walks.
Valle and Scanlan each had two hits to lead CU.
GAME 2 – Campbellsville 15, Cumberlands (Ky.) 11 - BOX SCORE
Big innings aided and plagued both teams in the high-scoring elimination game. The deciding inning was a four-run top of the ninth for Campbellsville, which was the visiting team due to alternating home and away from the previous game.
CU took advantage of a pitching change and rocked reliever Anthony Webster for four hits and four runs to take the decisive lead. Ryan Squires started the rally with a single to shallow and advanced to third on a sac bunt and ground out. With two outs, Ricky McColloch singled to right to score Squires as the go-ahead run. A booted ball on the play by the right fielder Matt Madrigal also allowed Gentry Kinsella to score from first to give CU a 13-11 lead. Shane Woodson and Carlos Torres also had RBI hits in the inning to break the game open.
CU relief pitcher Allen Hewey (6-2) struck out two and walked one in the bottom of the ninth before getting a pop up to second to end the game. Hewey pitched the final 4 1/3 innings for the win, allowing two unearned runs off one hit, but walked six and struck out five.
Campbellsville took a 2-0 lead to start the game with a sac fly by Alex Kline and suicide squeeze by Jaime Valle. Though the Tigers allowed a run in the second after a leadoff double by Keith Tidwell and RBI single by Madrigal, CU responded with a six-run top of the fourth.
The big inning appeared to break the game open for CU, after working the bases loaded with one out. McColloch picked up an RBI single, followed by a two-out, two-RBI base hit from Carlos Torres. After Cameron Smith took over on the mound for starter T.J. Campbell, Jacob Russell drew a walk to load the bases and then Woodson scored on an error at short. Squires added a two-out, two-RBI single to stretch the lead with three earned runs and three unearned in the inning.
Cumberlands answered with three runs in the fourth and five in the fifth to let Campbell off the hook for the loss. The wheels began to fall off with a one-out error at short by McColloch. Tiger starter Chris Tuma, then gave up an RBI single to Madrigal and single to Rya Johnson to load the bases before exiting the game. Dunne took over, but his struggles from the first game continued. He walked in three runs before Hewey took over and gave up the go-ahead RBI single by Jared Martin.
Campbellsville tied it, 9-9, in the seventh with a double by Kline and squeeze bunt by Scanlan, and then regained the lead, 10-9, in the eighth after McColloch singled, stole second and took third and home on wild pitches by Smith. Kline singled in a run to make it 11-9.
However, Cumberlands once again took advantage of CU errors and walks to tie the game again, 11-11.
Madrigal led Cumberlands, hitting 3-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Hibraim Cordova was 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Lucas Bagnara drove in three runs.
Campbellsville was led by McColloch's 3-for-5 performance, also driving in two runs and scoring three times. Torres was 3-for-6 with three RBIs, while Kline was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Russell walked and scored three times. Squires was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs.