LAKE WALES, Fla. -- Big innings were the difference in both games as the Bellevue University baseball team split a pair of games on Thursday at the Warner Invitational. Bellevue began the day with a 5-4 loss to Lawrence Tech. (11-6) before topping Spring Arbor (7-8) by a score of 7-1.
The Bruins now sit at 5-9 overall and 1-5 on their current Florida trip. BU plays a pair of games tomorrow against Mount Vernon Nazarene (9:30 a.m.) and Thomas (12:30 p.m.) on day two of the Warner Invitational.
Game One: Lawrence Tech. 5, Bellevue 4
Lawrence Tech. put up a four-spot in the bottom of the six, scoring three unearned runs, and Bellevue stranded eight runners on base as the Blue Devils edged the Bruins 5-4 in game one of the 2018 Warner Invitational.
BU got on the board first when Travis Tanaka drilled a two-out home run to center field in the top of the third.
Lawrence Tech. tied the game in the home half of the fourth when Max Cadman delivered an RBI-single.
A pair of runs in the fifth, courtesy of a Matt Evans squeeze play and a run-scoring single from Tanaka, gave Bellevue a 3-1 lead. That lead was short-lived as the Blue Devils sent eight batters to the plate in the sixth, scoring four times, to take a 5-3 lead.
The Bruins got a run back in the seventh on a Jonah Yang RBI-single before loading the bases with just one out. However a strikeout and a ground ball fielder's choice ended Bellevue's comeback bid.
Colten Barnes (1-4) took the loss for BU with Simon Lidwell (1-0) picking up the win in relief for Lawrence Tech.
Game Two: Bellevue 7, Spring Arbor 1
Bellevue struck for four first inning runs and never looked back en route to a 7-1 victory over Spring Arbor in Thursday's second game at the 2018 Warner Invitational.
Kory Longaker and Travis Tanaka led off the home half of the first with back-to-back singles before Austin Alexander launched a three-run home run with one out. Stuart Eurich followed up by reaching on an error, stealing second, and coming around to score on a sac fly from JT Patterson.
The Bruins pushed two more runs across in the third on a 2-RBI single by Patterson.
Spring Arbor got a run back in the fourth on Danilo Leon's ground out.
Stephen Knapp (2-0) tossed a complete game for the Bruins to pick up the win. He limited Spring Arbor to a run on seven hits and struck out six.
Duncan Patterson took the loss for the Cougars to fall to 1-2 on the season.