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MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – The Mount Vernon Nazarene University baseball team led for most of the game 1-0 over Olivet Nazarene University, but used a walk-off single from Ashton Myers in the eighth inning to win 3-2 over the Tigers.
It was a pitcher's duel that went the way of the home side after a few late changes in momentum.
Olivet Nazarene appeared to have seized control of the game, scoring two runs in the top of the seventh to take a 2-1 lead. MVNU however had a response to the late deficit and lost lead, beginning in the bottom of the seventh.
With the Cougars needing at least one run to stay alive, Devin Pearl led off with a single down the left field line. Pearl would eventually advance to third base on a wild pick-off attempt from Tiger pitcher Alexander DeYoung, and was brought home by a clutch RBI from catcher Drew Ritchey.
The Cougars then manufactured the winning run in the eighth with multiple players contributing. Third baseman Aaron Saal led off with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Yani Patten, then advanced to third on a called balk.
Myers then would provide the heroics with a great at-bat, finding the hole through short and third base to begin the MVNU celebration.
Graham Burke took the loss for Olivet Nazarene (3-1), and starting pitcher Nick Campe had the no-decision as the starter, allowing just one run on one hit in five and a third innings pitched.
Wood started the game for MVNU and pitched seven innings, allowing seven hits and just two earned runs in the quality, no-decision start. Williamson would earn the win, holding the Tigers scoreless in the eighth.
"I thought it was a well-played and exciting ball game," said Head Coach Keith Veale. "The starting pitchers threw very well. We showed some resilience coming from behind after giving up the lead in the top of the seventh. Devin Pearl gave us a great start (with the single in the seventh), and Drew Ritchey was clutch with the RBI up the middle. Aaron Saal's lead off at-bat was key in extra innings, and it was a great sacrifice bunt by Yani. It was so fun to see Ashton come through as well, very happy for him."
After the late-inning rally on Cougar Field, MVNU (3-0) remains unbeaten in the early games of 2017-2018. The two sides will meet again Saturday, Oct. 7 for a doubleheader of two seven-inning games set to begin at noon.