NCAA Baseball: Lincoln Memorial Rallies To Upend UNC Pembroke

NCAA Baseball: Lincoln Memorial Rallies To Upend UNC Pembroke

MOUNT OLIVE – Lincoln Memorial broke open an otherwise close game with five runs in the fifth inning, and the seventh-seeded Railsplitters lived to see another day with an 11-6 victory over the 28th-ranked UNC Pembroke baseball team in an elimination contest on Saturday afternoon at the NCAA Southeast Regional.
 
The setback closed out the 2017 campaign for the Braves (41-17) who finished with their second-most victories in program history, as well as the second 40-win season in school lore as well. The Railsplitters (35-18), who earned an automatic bid to the NCAA postseason by winning the South Atlantic Conference Tournament, advance through to another elimination contest on Sunday at Mount Olive's Scarborough Field.
 
Drew Beaver doubled and drove in three runs on a 2-for-3 outing to lead UNCP, while fellow senior Nick Debo drove in a run and scored once on a 2-for-4 day at the plate. Lucas Ledford (2-for-5) added a pair of hits for the Black & Gold as well.
 
Russell Clark doubled and drove in four runs on a 3-for-5 showing for Lincoln Memorial, while Logan Augustine (3-for-5, 2 R) and Seth Hunt (3-for-5, 3 R) turned in a trio of hits as well.
 
Kyle Boraski (6-3) allowed five earned runs on nine hits in just four innings of work to take the loss for the Braves. Dominic Morabito (8-4) scattered 10 hits and six runs (four earned) over 8-1/3 innings of work to grab the win for the Railsplitters. He also struck out seven.
 
Roberto Rivera reached an error to lead off the bottom of the first and later scored on a throwing error to help the Braves scratch the scoreboard first, but the Railsplitters went out in front on a two-run dinger by Ewers in the third. A two-run double by Beaver in the fourth put UNCP back out in front, but Lincoln Memorial took the lead for good with five runs on six hits in the fifth. LMU added two more runs in the sixth to take a 9-3 advantage.
 
The Black & Gold chipped away at its deficit with consecutive RBI groundouts in the home half of the sixth, and then made it a 9-6 game on Debo's two-out RBI single in the seventh, but Lincoln Memorial added lone insurance runs in both of the eighth and ninth innings on sacrifice flies.