MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - - Bridgeport scored the final five runs of the game, including four in the bottom of the ninth to walk-off against the Wilmington University baseball team, 12-11, on the final day of the Myrtle Beach Collegiate Challenge played at Crosley Field on Sunday.
The Wildcats (2-2) committed six errors in the game, leading to five unearned runs. The Purple Knights (3-1) jumped out to a 5-0 lead before the Wildcats used an eight-run seventh inning to come back and take an 11-7 lead. But Bridgeport answered with a single run in the eighth and four in the ninth to steal the victory.
The Purple Knights scored four (two earned) in the third inning and then added another unearned run in the bottom of the fourth to lead 5-0. The Wildcats got on the board in the top of the fifth, getting RBI doubles from Nic Hertzfeld and Jack McDonald. But Bridgeport answered right back, scoring two more in the bottom of the fifth and again led by five, 7-2.
The Wildcats put runners on second and third without an out in the top of the sixth, but only scored one run in the inning on an RBI groundout by Steve Cornog. Tyler Campbell set the Knights down in order in the home half of the sixth to set up the big top of the seventh.
Nic Hertzfeld singled through the left side and Nick Nocella walked to put two on to start the inning. Jack McDonald greeted the new reliever with a three-run homer to center, bringing the Wildcats to within one, 7-6.
Now with two outs and the bases loaded, Alex Krick worked a walk for his first collegiate RBI and to tie the game, 7-7. Nic Hertzfeld then doubled to left field, plating two more. Nic Nocella followed with an infield single to score Krick from third and Hertzfeld followed as the ball got by the first baseman and all of a sudden, the Wildcats led, 11-7.
A two-out triple inside the right field line scored brought the Knights to within 11-8 heading into the ninth inning.
The Wildcats left an insurance run on third in the top of the ninth, and the Purple Knights took advantage in the bottom half. A walk and a double put runners on second and third to start the inning. The first run came across on an RBI groundout, but then Jacob Rich hit a curveball over the fence in left to tie the game, 11-11.
An error allowed the next batter to reach, and now with two outs after a nice play at first by JJ Killen, an errant throw pulled Killen off the bag at first and the runner from second never stopped at third and was able to score on the play for the walk-off run.
AJ Stento took the loss for the Wildcats, allowing four runs (three earned) in the ninth inning.
The Wildcats head back to North Carolina next weekend to take part in the Wilson Tobs Tournament in Wilson, N.C. They will play Fairmont State on Thursday starting at 6:00 p.m.