Matt Beaty had a pair of hits, and Phillip Parsley scored a game-tying, unearned run but Belmont left 13 runners on base and lost 3-1 to Kennesaw State on Thursday in the second round of the Atlantic Sun Conference baseball tournament at Deland, Fla.
The Bruins (36-22), the tournament’s No. 1 seed, faced a quick turnaround from their tournament opener, a 4-3 victory over Stetson that went 15 innings and ended shortly before midnight (CDT) Wednesday.
They failed to take advantage of five KSU errors, though, and managed just six hits — all singles. Their last opportunity came in the bottom of the ninth when they had runners on second and third with one out but failed to score.
Parsley reached on an error to open the bottom of the fifth, the first of two that inning by No. 3 seed Kennesaw State third baseman Ethan Herron, and eventually came home on a fielder’s choice by Dylan Craig. That was it for Belmont, though, which had won six straight games.
Herron drove in the game-winning run with a single in the top of the seventh.
Senior pitcher Matt Hamann retired the first nine batters he faced before he allowed a run in the fourth. He also allowed one in the eighth and was pulled after 7.2 innings and 113 pitches. He allowed seven hits and four walks with five strikeouts.
The Bruins, who won the 2011 A-Sun tournament, now must play an elimination contest 10 a.m. (CDT) Friday.