Belmont’s baseball team avoided elimination at the Atlantic Sun Tournament on Thurdsay by earning a thrilling 9-8 victory over city rival Lipscomb in DeLand, Fla.
The Bruins came back after being down 8-1 in the top of the seventh inning. Belmont scored the next eight runs to get the win. The victory was also the largest comeback of the season for Belmont.
The Bruins’ Carlo Testa finished the game with three hits, three RBIs and one run scored.
Belmont improves to 24-33 overall while Lipscomb drops to 29-28. The Bruins will return to action at the A-Sun Tournament against Campbell tomorrow at 3 p.m.
Belmont scored three runs in the top of the seventh to cut the lead. The Bruins scored their second run of the game on a wild pitch. The next run came on an RBI single to left field by junior Brandon McCall, plating freshman Derek Hamblen. A single by Testa scored sophomore Packy Elkins to make the score, 8-4.
The Bruins continued the offensive pressure in the top of the eighth inning on a single to center field by Hamblen, scoring sophomore Daniel Wagner to make the score 8-5. Another run came in on a single by Elkins, which plated freshman Matt Zeblo. Belmont got within one run at 8-7 with another single to center field, this one by McCall to score freshman Vinny Casha.
Belmont got the winning run on a two-RBI double by Testa, scoring Hamblen and Elkins. The double was Testa’s 17th of the season.
Junior Jimmy Stanley earned his fifth save of the season for Belmont.
Kyle Tognazzini (6-2) got the loss for Lipscomb after giving up five runs on five hits over 0.2 innings.
Brandon McClurg started the game for Lipscomb and gave up four runs on seven hits over 6.2 innings and gave up five walks for the no-decision.