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Severance Saves The Day

Severance Saves The Day

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Thanks to a walk-off home run in the 11th inning from senior Hagan Severance, the Belmont baseball team defeated Missouri State 1-0 in the Turface Classic on Friday at Rose Park. 

Severance led the way offensively with two hits to give him his 13th career multi-hit game, with junior Logan Jarvis also recording his second consecutive two-hit outing of the season. Starting pitcher Joshua South pitched eight shutout innings and struck out three batters, with junior Kyle Brennan earning his first win of the season after pitching the final 2.1 innings and collecting three strikeouts. 

"We always talk about 'just be the guy,'" Severance said. "It was one of those nights with two good pitching staffs going at it. We knew somebody was going to do it. Hopefully it gives us momentum and we can keep it going." 

Belmont looked to strike first in the first two innings with two base hits, but Missouri State collected two double plays to end both innings with no damage. The Bruins looked to score the game's first run in the bottom of the fifth inning after Jarvis hit a leadoff double, but Missouri State's Logan Wiley retired three straight batters to keep the game scoreless. 

With Missouri State hitting a leadoff double and advancing to third base with one out, South forced the Bears to hit into a double play that kept the score at 0-0 

"(The pitcher's battle) makes it fun," South said. "It's what you want up there. Just going back-and-forth, toe-to-toe with their guy. It's just a battle and you try to find a way to win." 

Missouri State looked to draw first blood in the top of the seventh inning with two runners in scoring position with two outs, but South forced the Bears to hit a fly out to the outfield to prevent any damage. The Bears got two runners on base with two outs in the top of the ninth inning, but Brennan forced Missouri State into a fielder's choice ground ball that prevented a score. 

Following a leadoff single in the top of the 11th inning by Missouri State, Brennan struck out the next batter before junior Jackson Campbell threw the runner out at second attempting to steal the base. 

"You have to look at what a tremendous job our entire pitching staff did," head coach Dave Jarvis said. "Joshua South and his start, Chandler Schultz's relief appearance and then Kyle Brennan coming in and giving us the opportunity to win and keeping the zeroes on the board. That's with some pretty good defense behind him as well. I felt like we made a lot of plays all over the field that were pretty high quality plays."

The Bears hit a two-out double following a walk and loaded the bases after an intentional walk later in the inning and were called out after a runner's interference on the next play. Severance delivered the knockout punch in the next half-inning, hitting his first home run of the season and fifth career home run at Belmont. 

"I'm very happy for the entire team and it was a tremendous team win," Jarvis said. "I'm really happy for Hagan and I'm happy he put a great at-bat there. He ended the game with that one swing. It's just a tremendous atmosphere and this is a moment and this is a game these kids are going to remember for a long, long time." 

Belmont looks to continue its momentum in the Turface Classic, facing Evansville on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Rose Park.