EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Belmont baseball closed out its 2017 midweek slate in grand fashion, claiming the series sweep over Evansville with a 16-9 victory over the Purple Aces Tuesday night at Braun Stadium.
The Bruins bats exploded for 15 hits including a trio of Bruins recording a three-hit outings. They capitalized on base runners all night as the leadoff batter got on board in every frame while the squad tallied at least one run in eight frames.
Both squads came out swinging and scoring to start the game, combining for 10 runs in the first three frames. The Bruins were led by senior Nick Egli (Brentwood, Tenn.) who collected a RBI in each of his first two plate appearances, one via a base knock and the other coming in the form of a long ball over the centerfield fence. Kenton Crews was the difference maker for the Purple Aces, tallying four RBIs on a couple of extra base knocks to keep the game knotted up, 5-5.
Belmont made it four consecutive stanzas in which it tallied at least one run courtesy of a RBI single for redshirt-freshman Matt Cogen (Franklin, Tenn.) to deep left field to put the Bruins up, 6-5. While the Bruins continued to heat up offensively, reliever Ben Lovell (Saint Louis, Mo.) found a way to force Evansville to put up its first scoreless inning in the fourth.
After taking a break from scoring in the fifth, Cogen got the Bruins back rolling again with his second RBI base shot – this one a laser up the middle to give BU a 7-5 advantage. The outfielder brought in senior Clay Payne (Powell, Tenn.) who marked the sixth straight leadoff batter to get on base after being dealt a walk.
The Bruins bullpen continued to shutdown UE's previously explosive offense, holding them scoreless for four innings after initially giving up five runs. Belmont used four relievers to quiet the Purple Aces with Lovell leading the way, logging three innings.
A couple of bases loaded scenarios in the final frames allowed BU to plate eight unanswered runs before the Purple Aces would collect four of their own after senior Tyler Walsh (Evansville, Ind.) made his pitching debut in his hometown. Sophomore Hunter Holland (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) capped off Belmont's scoring with a three-run bomb over the left field fence to bring Belmont's total to 16 runs.
Belmont closes out its 2017 campaign with a three-game series against Furman, May 18-20 at E.S. Rose Park. Game one is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 18,