Belmont Takes Series from A-Sun Favorite Jacksonville

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Nashville, Tenn. - Freshmen Daniel Wagner and Packy Elkins drove in runs in the eighth inning, as the Bruins (12-6, 2-1 A-Sun) came from behind to take the game and series from preseason favorite Jacksonville (14-13, 1-2), 6-5. Carlo Testa pitched five innings in the start, and struck out three batters.

Ben Petsch gave the Bruins an early lead, as he cracked his third homerun of the season in the first inning. The solo shot was his third of the season. Daniel Wagner walked in the second inning and Brandon McCall hit a two-run homer to right-center field to extend the lead to 3-0. JU responded with three runs on two hits, two walks, and a hit batter.

Trailing by two in the bottom of the sixth, Kane Simmons recorded a one-out double to left center field, and was driven in by Derek Wiley’s double down the left field line. Belmont tied it up at 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth with Daniel Wagner’s bases loaded single to right field, and took the lead as Packy Elkins drove in Kane Simmons with a sacrifice fly.

Carlo Testa made the start for Belmont, and pitched five innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out three batters and hit one more.

Jimmy Stanley entered in relief in the sixth inning, and allowed two runs on three hits, with one walk and one strikeout. He pitched two-thirds of an inning before Ryan Ashner entered the game. Ashner allowed one walk, but closed out the sixth inning with a groundout.

Ben Meador entered the game for the seventh inning. He pitched two innings, retiring all six batters he faced in order.

Chris Manning pitched the ninth inning and retired the side in order to earn his fourth save of the season.

The Bruins set out on the road with games against Tennessee Tech on Tuesday and Austin Peay on Wednesday. Both games are scheduled for 6:00 pm.

Courtesy of Belmont Athletics