FLORENCE, SC – Sixth-seeded Flagler College scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth on a two-out throwing error to edge Lander University 4-3, Thursday morning (May 11) in an elimination game of the 2017 Peach Belt Conference Baseball Tournament.
Flagler (29-23) advances to face the Georgia College/USC Aiken loser in an elimination game on Friday at 10 a.m. Lander ends its season with a 21-31 mark.
With the score deadlocked at 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth, the Saints loaded the bases on a single, a fielding error, and a walk. With two outs, freshman third baseman Ja'Kobi Dasher hit a ground ball that was fielded but thrown in the dirt at first base allowing senior second baseman Cole Ondrejka to score.
Ondrejka became only the sixth player in PBC Tournament history to record five hits as he finished 5-for-5 with a pair of RBIs. Dasher collected two hits.
The score made a winner of Saints reliever Ethan Jones (3-0) who pitched 1.2 scoreless innings. Lander right-hander Robbie Hoyt (3-6) was tagged with the loss.
Bearcat center fielder Alec Dowell led Lander at the plate with three hits, including a homer and all three Lander RBIs.
Flagler took a 1-0 advantage in the third when Ondrejka lined a two-out, run-scoring single to left center.
Dowell knotted the score at 1-1 with a solo homer over the left centerfield wall with one out in the fifth. The Saints immediately reclaimed the lead with an unearned tally in their half of the frame. Ondrejka sent a looping two-out single to center field to score Ethan Crout, who had reached on a throwing error.
Lander loaded the bases in the seventh with three straight singles. Dowell then put the Bearcats on top 3-2 with a two-run high-chopper single through the left side. In the bottom of the seventh, a single through the right side by Ondrejka sent Crout to third and the Saints' shortstop would score when the ball was misplayed in the outfield. The Saints later loaded the bases, but a go-ahead threat was stopped by an inning-ending double play.