PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The University of Pikeville baseball team had a three-run comeback in the ninth inning of game one and built a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning of game two, but a pair of big hits and some errors allowed Campbellsville (Ky.) to claim both wins on Sunday at Johnnie LeMaster Field.
First baseman Nicolas Gonzales had a big day at the plate in the losses, tallying a combined three hits with a home run, two RBIs, two stolen bases, a walk and two runs scored. Centerfielder Brad Andrews hit the ball well all day, tallying two hits and scoring a run in the opener, while shortstop Chaz Contreras stole three bases during a 2-2 performance in game two.
Reliever Logan Sales took the loss in the opener after taking over the game with a 5-5 tie. He went three innings, allowing just one run on four hits with three strikeouts to drop to 2-2 on the season. Corey Gilligan (3-4) went the distance in game two, allowing one earned run on eight hits with three strikeouts.
Campbellsville’s (21-13, 10-7 MSC) winning pitchers were reliever Chris Tuma (4-2) in game one, not allowing a hit and striking out two in 2-1/3 innings, and starter Allen Hewey (4-1) in game two after a complete-game with two runs allowed on six hits with a game-high nine strikeouts.
The Tigers went up 3-0 in the second inning of game one. Left fielder Alex Scanlan led off being hit by a pitch before moving to third on a stolen base and error. From there he scored on single, while two more runs scored on a two-out single from second baseman Gentry Kinsella to deep center.
The Bears (19-19, 6-11 MSC) fought back with a single run in the bottom of the inning as pinch runner Scottie Whitaker reached third on a passed ball, then came home after first baseman Alex Gutierrez missed a catch and let the ball roll to the fence.
Two more Campbellsville runs scored in the fourth inning on back-to-back singles, making it a 5-1 game all the way until the sixth inning. In that frame UPIKE got another run back on a double from Corey Adams, helping set up the ninth inning comeback.
Trailing 5-2 with three outs left, the Bears got runners on first and third with one out and got outfielder Connor Osborne home on a ground ball for the second out. Trailing by two with two outs, Andrews moved to third on a passed ball, then came home on a Tiger error to get within one.
Third baseman Erik Manning and pinch hitter Sean Ryan tallied back-to-back singles and suddenly the bases were juiced with the tying run at third. Tuma was brought in from the bullpen to face Contreras, but threw a wild pitch right out of the gate to let the Bears tie the score at 5-5.
Tuma eventually got a groundout on a bunt from Contreras to send the game into extra innings.
After a scoreless 10th inning, the go-ahead run for the Tigers happened in a hurry as shortstop Ricky McColloch and Kinsella hit two straight singles, with Kinsella’s going deep enough to right field to score McColloch from first.
UPIKE’s effort started with Gonzales reaching base on an error with one out in the bottom of the inning, but Tuma got Manning to hit into a double play to bring the game to a close.
After the disappointing loss in the opener, the chances of a win looked good for Pikeville in the sixth inning of game two with a 2-1 lead. Gonzales had ripped a home run to right field in the first inning and was walked and came home from third on a double steal in the fourth to take the one-run lead.
But just like the wild comeback for the Bears earlier, Campbellsville returned the favor in the sixth inning, using a pair of Pikeville errors to score three runs. Gonzales struggled to field a bunt and missed the target with his throw to let right fielder Jacob Russell score the tying run and John Ingram came all the way around from second to take the lead.
A two-out single from Gutierrez later in the inning added an insurance run and Pikeville came up empty at the plate in its next two at-bats.
The Bears are back in action on Tuesday, travelling to West Virginia Tech in Montgomery, W. Va.
Campbellsville (Ky.) 6, UPIKE 5 (11 inn.)
Nicolas Gonzales: 1-6, RBI, SB
Corey Adams: 1-5, RBI, 2B
Connor Osborne: 1-5, RBI, 2B, R
Brad Andrews: 2-6, R
Logan Sales: 3 IP, 4 H, R, 3 Ks
Campbellsville (Ky.) 6, UPIKE 5 (11 inn.)
Nicolas Gonzales: 2-3, HR, 2 R, RBI, BB, SB
Chaz Contreras: 2-2, 3 SB, BB
Corey Gilligan: 7 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 3 Ks, BB