Freshman right-hander Anthony Bazzani pitched eight innings and struck out 10 batters, and sophomore A.J. Jamison delivered a pinch-hit RBI double in the top of the ninth as Eastern Kentucky rallied for a 4-3 victory over Murray State in Ohio Valley Conference Tournament at Jackson, Tenn.
"Our freshmen are not freshmen anymore," Coach Jason Stein said. "Anthony Bazzani pitched like a senior today, Austin Grisham hit like a junior. And I cannot say enough about A.J. Jamison coming off the bench cold to deliver that big hit. A great win for this team. I'm very proud of them."
With the Colonels (28-25) trailing 3-2 heading into the top of the ninth, sophomore Jacob Daniel led off with a double. Jamison, who had not batted since May 9 and was hitless since April 13, roped a 3-2 fastball into left-center, scoring pinch-runner Richie Allen with the tying run.
Jamison advanced on a groundout, then scored on Bryce Labhart's sacrifice fly.
Junior right-hander Ryne Purcell allowed one hit in the bottom of the ninth, but he was able to secure his league-leading 12th save of the season.
Bazzani (5-3) gave up three runs on six hits.
Bryan Propst went 2-for-3 and drove in all three of Murray State's runs.
EKU faced regular-season champion Tennessee Tech late Thursday night.
Streak is alive, WKU isn't
Florida International's Garrett Wittels now has a 50-game hitting streak, after a third-inning single against Western Kentucky in a Sun Belt Conference Ttournament elimination game at Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Wittels moved within eight games Thursday of matching the NCAA Division I record of 58, set by Oklahoma State's Robin Ventura in 1987.
The Golden Panthers beat Western Kentucky 7-3 in the double-elimination tournament.
Auburn 3, South Carolina 1 (12): Trent Mummey's two-run single in the top of the 12th inning lifted Auburn to a 3-1 victory over South Carolina in an elimination game of the Southeastern Conference Tournament at Hoover, Ala.
The Tigers (40-18) loaded the bases for Mummey with one out on a single, fielding error and walk.
Alabama 6, Mississippi 3: Nathan Kilcrease retired 17 consecutive batters in leading Alabama in the winners' bracket. Kilcrease (6-2) set down the Rebels in order in the second through sixth innings, including a three-inning span where he threw a total of 17 pitches.
Ole Miss will face Auburn in an elimination tilt Friday.
Florida 5, Arkansas 3: Austin Maddox went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI in an elimination game. Alex Panteliodis pitched into the seventh inning to help the top-seeded Gators (41-14) eliminate Arkansas (40-18).