Belmont 5 Troy 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont baseball team (38-25) defeated Troy (43-19) by a score of 5-2 to advance to the NCAA Regional Championship against Vanderbilt on Sunday afternoon. The Bruins eliminated the Trojans and will have to top the Commodores twice in order to advance to a Super Regional next weekend. The first contest is beginning at 7:35 p.m. CT at Vandy’s Hawkins Field.
Senior Nate Woods (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) won his fifth straight decision, allowing only one run on four hits in five innings on the mound. The big right-hander kept Troy scoreless through five before giving up a double to open the sixth. He was relieved by freshman Blake Harvey (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), who allowed the Trojan to score after a couple of singles.
Harvey then gave up another run in the seventh before giving way to junior Garrett Fanchier (Lebanon, Tenn.) and senior Jon Ivie (Summertown, Tenn.) for the final three innings of the contest. The two relievers combined for three shutout frames to secure the Belmont victory.
Vanderbilt 6 Belmont 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Taylor Hill struck out a career-best 13 in eight innings, allowing only one run, and Jason Esposito went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and two RBI in Vanderbilt’s 6-1 victory over Belmont in the championship game of the Nashville Regional Sunday night at Hawkins Field.
Hill (5-1) was dominant from the beginning, striking out six of the first 13 batters of the contest and giving up just five hits in matching his longest outing of the season. Belmont’s Tim Egerton led off the second inning with a solo homer for the Bruins’ only run of the game.
Matt Lamm recorded the final three outs for the Commodores (50-10). Belmont (38-26) had only one other runner reach second base in the game, Greg Brody, after a single and an error in the fourth inning.