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Trailblazers Rally past Olney Central for Final Regular-Season Win

Vincennes, IN – The Vincennes University Baseball team rallied from 7 runs down in the 4th inning of play to top Olney Central 18-to-13.

The Blue Knights of Olney Central came into Jerry Blemker Field Wednesday night with an impressive 40-and-13 record on the season, and are one of the favorites to challenge #17 John A. Logan for the Region 24 title. Freshman Joe Santos got the nod to start on the mound for the Blazers, and would provide three solid innings of work. Olney Central managed to drive in a run in the first to take the lead in the top of the first, but the Trailblazers would hold OCC scoreless in the top of the 2nd, and tie the game in the bottom of the 2nd on an RBI sac-fly from sophomore Mason Bruce that drove in John Tuttle.

However, the Blue knights would explode on offense in the top of the 4th. OCC managed to get to freshmen pitchers Joe Santos & Noah Phipps before finally Jake Bedwell would stop the bleeding, but not before Olney had stretched their lead to 7 runs, and a score of 8-to-1 heading into the bottom of the 4th.

Sophomore Matt Kunce would get the rally started for VU. He started off the inning with a double, and on the very next at bat, sophomore John Tuttle would drive home Kunce with his 2nd double of the contest to bring the score to 8-to-2. Nathan Forrest was up to bat next, and he would smash an RBI double to the wall, scoring Tuttle, and bringing the score to 8-to-3 in favor of Olney Central.  Forrest would advance to second on a Bruce ground-out. Dylan Collins & Clay Druin would both draw walks to load the bases for the Trailblazers with sophomore Harold Wolfe up to bat. With the bases juiced, Wolfe would hit a grand slam home-run! The grand slam was the first Wolfe’s career in a VU uniform, and would help VU to leave the 4th inning down only 1 run, 8-to-7.

Once VU’s bats got hot, they stayed hot. After scoring 6 runs in the 5th, the Trailblazers would score 5 runs in the 5th, 1 run in the 6th, and 5 runs in the 7th to defeat the Blue Knights of Olney Central 18-to-13.

Freshman Jake Bedwell saw 5 & 1/3 innings of work, and picked up the win on the mound for the Trailblazers. Harold Wolfe led VU in both hits & RBI’s by going 3-for-4 with a home run, 2 singles, 5 RBI’s, and drew walk. Other Trailblazers with big nights swinging the bat included: Matt Kunce 2-for-3 with 2 singles, John Tuttle 2-for-3 with 2 doubles, Nathan Forrest 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, a stolen base, and 3 RBI, Mason Bruce 2-for-3 with a double, a single, and 2 RBI, and sophomore Clay Druin scored 3 runs.

The Trailblazers will return to action in the first game of the sub-regional tournament this Friday at 2:00 p.m. against host Cuayhoga Community College! Go VU!

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