COLUMBIA, Ky. -- It wasn't always pretty, but the Lindsey Wilson College bats came alive late to help the Blue Raiders knock off St. Catharine (Ky.) 5-3 on Thursday in the Mid-South Conference Baseball Tournament at Egnew Park.
The late runs helped starting pitcher Lance Rose (5-0) claim the win after throwing 8-1/3 innings with just three runs allowed on six hits with eight strikeouts. Daniel Pulliam (3) claimed the save after striking out the final two batters of the ninth inning.
The win gives the Blue Raiders 39 on the season which matches a program record.
With the loss, the Patriots are eliminated from the tournament with two losses on the day.
The Blue Raiders – with one loss – advance to the loser's bracket at 9 a.m. CT in Campbellsville, Ky., on Friday against the host Tigers.
The remainder of the MSC Baseball Tournament will be played out on Friday and Saturday at Tiger Field on the Campbellsville campus.
Patriot starter Javier Perez was stuck with the loss after allowing four runs on nine hits in 6-1/3 innings.
Three Lindsey Wilson (39-13) players paced the team at the plate with two hits each. Center fielder Manuel Alonso did the most damage, knocking three RBIs and adding a walk. Left fielder Adam Peacock and first baseman Manuel Ozoria also tallied a pair of hits.
Center fielder Jeremy Turpin has the best day for St. Catharine (32-25), finishing with a run scored on two hits.
St. Catharine scored a run early in the first inning on one of six Blue Raider errors in the game. From there it seemed Lindsey Wilson's MSC Tournament run may end early as it failed to score a run until the fifth inning.
But from there the offense didn't stop and by the end of the sixth inning Lindsey Wilson was in control 4-1 after Alonso hit an RBI single to score catcher Alex Harper from third.
The Patriots didn't completely go away as a single run in both the eighth and ninth innings brought them as close as 4-2, but ultimately the Blue Raiders scored again in the eighth and allowed Pulliam to enter and save the win with a 5-3 lead.