The Bruins (24-16, 11-6 A-Sun) scored four runs in the final three innings to break open a 4-4 game, and reliever Brandon Paetznick retired 15 of 16 batters he faced, including 14 straight to end the game, as Belmont clinched the series, sending the Bucs to their second consecutive A-Sun series defeat.
Belmont took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on Brandon McCall's two-run home run to left field, a towering blast that just stayed fair, wrapping around the foul pole in the left field corner.
The Bucs (24-18, 10-7 A-Sun) cut the lead in half in the third on senior Justin Aughey's (
After two more Bruin runs in the bottom of the third, Allen's fourth inning RBI single scored freshman Tanner Moore (Chattanooga, Tenn.) who led off the frame with his 11th double of the season. Freshman Justin Tramble's (
A fifth inning double steal with runners at the corners brought home junior Anthony Russell (Waldorf, Md.), and tied the game at four, but Paetznick retired the final 13 batters afterwards.
Paetznick struck out four and allowed just one hit in five innings of relief work for Bruin starter Josh Moffitt, improving to 2-1 on the season. Freshman starter Todd Caldwell (
The Bucs will try to salvage the weekend and snap their longest losing streak in two years in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Shelby Park. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. eastern time.