Southeast Missouri State baseball falls to Belmont, 6-5

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Southeast Missouri State's Chris Osborne hits the ball during the seventh inning against Belmont during Saturday's game in Nashville, Tennessee.
Wayne McPherson ~ Special to the Southeast Missourian

A late-game, four-run rally fell by the way side for Southeast Missouri State baseball, as it dropped a 6-5 contest in 12 innings to Belmont on Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Redhawks rally began in the top of the eighth inning, with Brian Lees singling before Tristen Gagan hit a two-run home run over the right-field wall to cut the deficit to 5-3.

The homer was Gagan's team-leading 10th of the year.

SEMO then knotted things up at 5 in the top of the ninth, as Dan Holst led off with a walk and moved to third on a Chris Osborne single and a sacrifice bunt by Lees.

A ground ball by Gagan scored Holst to make it a one-run ballgame.

A Chris Caffrey single plated Osborne and forced extra innings.

Belmont secured the victory in the bottom of the 12th inning as the Bruins loaded the bases for Clay Payne to drive in the game-winning run.

The home team out-hit Southeast 13-10 on the day, including multi-hit days from five Bruins.

Caffrey finished 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI for Southeast. Gagan had three RBIs.

Carlos Vega took the loss on the mound for SEMO, throwing 2/3 innings in relief and giving up one run on two hits.

Redhawks starter Clay Chandler lasted just three innings, giving up five runs on eight hits with two walks.

Joey Burris, Daniel Bergtholdt, Jared Waldhoff, Matthew Wade and Ryan Losman all appeared in relief.

Belmont reliever Dom Veltri got the win on the hill, going 4 2/3 innings and giving up two runs on four hits with five walks and a strikeout.

Starter Dylan King threw five innings of three-hit, one-run baseball with eight strikeouts.

The first three Bruin batters of the game reached base as the hosts jumped on top, 1-0, in the first inning, but Southeast answered back in the top of the second as back-to-back singles by Caffrey and Danny Wright eventually led to Caffrey stealing home to tie things at 1-1.

But Belmont got rolling in the bottom of the third inning, as it picked up six consecutive hits, chasing Chandler from the game and taking a lead.

Hunter Holland picked up an RBI single for the Bruins before a bases-loaded wild pitch allowed another run to score and Ben Kocher knocked a two-run double to left field to make things 5-1 in favor of the home side.

It didn't hold up, but Belmont found a way to finish on top anyway.

The third and final game of the series is scheduled for today at 1 p.m., with Nate Green getting the start on the mound for SEMO.

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