St. Thomas Hands Beavers a Tough 11-5 Setback

St. Thomas used a big seven-run first inning and built an 11-0 lead on Friday night, and the sixth-ranked Tommies handed the Beavers an 11-5 setback at the NCAA Central Regional Tournament.

The Tommies (35-7), the home team in the contest, posted 10 of their 14 hits in the contest over the first two innings.  The first four guys reached base, including a pair of doubles which gave them a 2-0 lead.  After a pop out for the first out, a sacrifice fly made it 3-0 before St. Thomas added another run on one of two BVU errors in the inning.  Two more singles later in the inning drove home three more runs to make it 7-0.

Three more runs on four hits in the second pushed the lead to 10-0 before another run in the fourth made it 11-0.

The Beavers got on the board in the fifth with a two-out single from Brandon Wessels and got their second run in the sixth on a two-out base knock from Eric Gurbacki.

Tanner Truesdell added a two-run single in the ninth before Gurbacki singled home his second run of the night, but the deficit was too much to overcome for the Beavers, which saw their nine-game win streak come to an end.

Gurbacki finished with the two hits and two RBI, while Wessels went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.  Ryan Titman also added two hits, including the team's only extra-base knock, and scored one run.

Junior Scott Harris suffered his first loss of the year (8-1).  He went 5.0 innings and was charged with all 11 runs (five earned) on 12 hits.  He struck out two and walked two.

Adam Bernstorf came on and pitched four stellar innings in relief, allowing just two hits, striking out five and walking only one.

The Beavers are now 37-8 on the year and will look to avoid elimination on Saturday afternoon when they face Rose-Hulman at 3:30pm.  The winner of that game will then move on to play again at 7:00pm against the loser of St. Thomas and DePauw.