Shortstop Jared Breen’s bases loaded double in the bottom of the seventh drove in two runs and lifted Belmont to a 6-4 victory Friday over Florida Gulf Coast in an elimination contest at the Atlantic Sun Conference baseball tournament at Deland, Fla.
Breen came into the game with a .199 average and 15 RBIs for the season in which he missed significant amount of time with a hand injury. The double — with one out — was his only hit of the contest.
It was the second victory of the day for the Bruins (38-22) and put them in position to win their second straight conference tournament and earn the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.
Belmont will face either Florida Gulf Coast or Kennesaw State for the championship at 3 p.m. (CDT).
The Bruins blew a three-run lead when Florida Gulf Coast scored three times in the bottom of the sixth. They answered with two in the seventh and did not allow a baserunner after that.
Scott Moses pitched a perfect ninth, with two strikeouts, for the save.
Zac Mitchell scored three runs, including the game-winner and designated hitter Alec Diamond was 2-for-2 with two walks and two RBIs.
Earlier in the day the Bruins defeated Mercer 10-3 in their first elimination game of the tournament.
Mitchell had three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored and three others added two hits apiece. Belmont led 8-0 after four innings.
Starting pitcher James Buckelew improved to 7-1 on the season as he allowed three runs on five hits in five-plus innings.