NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont University Baseball dropped a pair of Ohio Valley Conference games to Southeast Missouri State University on Sunday. The Bruins fell short 10-6 in game one and 3-1 in a seven-inning game two.
Much like in the Friday night opener of the series, SEMO jumped out to an early lead. With runs scored in the second, third and fourth innings, the Redhawks jumped out to a 4-0 lead.
Belmont started mounting its comeback in the bottom of the fourth. Senior Hunter Holland (Soddy Daisy, Tenn.) and junior Hagan Severance (Brentwood, Tenn.) got things going by working a couple of walks to give BU some base runners. Freshman John Behrends (Chattanooga, Tenn.) was finally able to get Belmont in the run column with an RBI single through the right side to cut the SEMO lead 4-1. BU continued to cut into the damage when senior Zach Ehrhart (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) singled up the middle for another run. The Bruins cut the lead in half, 4-2, after its half of the fourth.
The Bruins continued to chip away at things in the bottom of the fifth. Senior Chandler Adkins (Knoxville, Tenn.) sent a solo shot over the right field fence for another run. Later in the inning, senior Devon Gardner (Maryville, Tenn.) worked a walk and Holland deliver a double to the left center field gap to tie the game 4-4.
After a scoreless sixth, SEMO retook the lead in the top of the seventh and continued to add to it. The Redhawks led 10-4 heading into the bottom of the night.
BU was able to score two runs in the bottom of the ninth with the help of an Ehrhart double, but it wasn't enough to overcome the deficit as BU fell 10-6.
Because of Ohio Valley Conference regulations, the final game of the series was a seven-inning contest. The series finale was decided by a score of 3-1.
The game was scoreless until the top of the third when SEMO scored the first run after a couple of hits to take a 1-0 lead.
Belmont tied things up in the bottom of the third. Holland continued to be a tough at bat for the Redbirds as he singled to center field. He was pushed to scoring position when freshman Grayson Taylor (Cullman, Ala.) singled through the left side to put runners on first and second. Much like in game one, Behrends delivered the tying run with an RBI single to left field to tie things 1-1 after three complete.
With good defensive play from both teams, the game remained scoreless until the seventh inning. SEMO came up big and scored two runs in the top of the seventh to put the pressure on the Bruins.
With a 3-1 deficit, Belmont needed at least two runs to stay alive in the contest. BU was unable to plate any more runs in the contest and fell 3-1.
BU will be back in action as it hosts North Alabama Tuesday, May 7 at E.S. Rose Park.