FOREST CITY, NC - Freshman Wes Todd capped the Railsplitters' magical run in the conference tournament by hurling a complete game on Sunday afternoon, leading fifth-seeded Lincoln Memorial University to a 9-4 victory over the sixth-seeded Carson-Newman Eagles in the championship game of the 2013 Food Lion South Atlantic Conference baseball tournament at McNair Field in Forest City, North Carolina.
Todd's performance put the finishing touches on a day that saw the Railsplitters overcome a loss to the Eagles in the morning by rallying with their backs against the wall for wins over the fourth-seeded Newberry Wolves in the semifinals and Carson-Newman in the finals.
With the win, the Railsplitters bring home the SAC title for the first time in school history, along with the first conference title of any kind since 1959. The Railsplitters also received the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, which will mark the first appearance for an LMU baseball team in the NCAA Tournament in school history. The Railsplitters improved to 26-24 on the season with the two wins over Newberry and Carson-Newman, while the Eagles drop to 22-26 on the year and the Wolves fell to 29-22.
Senior and All-SAC First Team selection Curt Fuqua was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after posting a .381 batting average in the Railsplitters' five-game run including a tournament-best eight hits with a homer, two doubles, four RBI and five runs scored. The remainder of the SAC All-Tournament Team will be revealed after voting on Monday.
After falling to Carson-Newman to open the day, the Railsplitters faced elimination at 1 p.m. with a duel against fourth-seeded Newberry with a spot in the finals on the line. In that contest, the Railsplitters scattered 14 hits and overcame an early 6-1 deficit to rally for a 12-10 triumph over the Wolves.