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VU Trailblazer Baseball tops Wabash Valley on wild pitch during intentional walk

A little luck never hurt anyone... and it certainly helped the Vincennes University Baseball Team Monday night when the Trailblazers snatched a 9-8 win from the Wabash Valley College Warriors at Jerry Blemker Field.

VU (17-13) fought back from a 7-3 deficit to take a one-run lead before Wabash Valley knotted things up again in the seventh. That late Warrior run set up a dramatic finish for the Trailblazers and a heartbreaking defeat for Wabash Valley.

The game was tied, 8-all, when VU came to bat in the ninth. Freshman third baseman Mason Bruce laced a one-out single and surprised Wabash Valley by stealing second. Bruce moved to third on sophomore Austin Slover's groundout to second base. At that point, Wabash Valley elected to intentionally walk Trailblazer second baseman Brett Yeryar, who was already 2-for-4 with two RBI when he came to the plate. The Warriors' fourth pitcher of the night, freshman Aaron McGeorge, delivered the first wide one but his second pitch got away from him and sailed over the Wabash Valley catcher to allow Bruce to hustle home with the winning run.

Bruce was 2-for-4 with a run scored and sophomore outfielder Jared Lauer had two hits in three plate appearances. Lauer also drove in a run and scored another.

The game was a return to action for VU sophomore starter Jordan Young after a lengthy downtime because of injury. Young pitched the first two innings as part of working his way back toward the rotation and yielded three hits while striking out a batter and walking two. Two of the four runs off Young by Wabash Valley were earned as Wabash Valley took advantage of three VU errors in the second inning. Freshman Lucas Fagg took over for Young and worked the next three innings, giving up three runs on two hits. He fanned three hitters and issued one base on balls.

Sophomore Andrew Sparks turned in one-and-two-thirds innings of three-hit baseball before Austin Gossman took over for the final two-and-a-third innings. Gossman allowed one hit and struck out two Wabash Valley hitters.

The Trailblazers return to action Tuesday when they travel to Sinclair for a doubleheader with Game 1's first pitch set for 2 p.m.


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