Xander Ferlenda’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth walked off the Bears to a 10-9 victory over Lincoln Memorial at Durham Field. Ferlenda was 4-5 on the night for his second career four-hit game. Ferlenda’s first four-hit game came February 14th, 2020 against Indiana (PA.) Alex Shirazi got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the top of the ninth to pick his first win of the year.
Lincoln Memorial scored first with four unearned runs in the second. Brent Richey delivered the big two-out two-run double to give the Railsplitters the 4-0 lead.
LR opened the second inning by hitting for the cycle. Matt Mackey led off the inning with a solo homerun then after a Mike McHugh double and a Will Jones bunt single, David Bell hit a two-run triple that sliced away from the right fielder to give the Bears the cycle in four-at bats. Bell came around to score on a safety squeeze by Manny Montes to tie it at four. Mackey’s home run was his second of the year.
Jones added an RBI single in the bottom of the 4th to bring in Nick Clarno to give the Bears a 5-4 lead.
After the Railsplitters got three unearned runs in the 5th, the Bears answered back with another four spot in the 6th. Clarno had a two-run double with the bases loaded then Mackey drove in the last two in with a two-run single to left to open a 9-7 lead.
Lincoln Memorial tied it up at nine in the 7th with a groundout by Cameron Bowen and then Tyler Boyd got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded before Jarod Large got Zuriel Collins to fly out to Drue Galassi in center.
The Bears got scoreless innings from Michael Allen, Ray Stocum, and Ben Friebel out of the bullpen as the bullpen pitched seven innings without an earned run on the night.
After the teams traded zeros in the eight, the Railsplitters were threatening in the ninth. LMU had runners on second and third with one out when L-R Head Coach Chris Ramirez turned to Shirazi to get the Bears out of the jam. Shirazi hit Bowen before striking out Boyd and getting Collins to pop up third to get out of the jam.
In the bottom of the 9th, with one out, Bell beat out an infield single and advanced on a wild pitch before moving to third on a ground out by Montes. After a walk to Galassi, Ferlenda singled to right field for the victory. It was the first walk-off for the Bears since Brock Johnson walked off Erskine to end the 2019 season.
The 16 hits were the most since the Bears had 15 hits against Lake Erie on March 10 of last year.
L-R improves to 7-5 on the season. The Bears will head to Tusculum next Tuesday at 4pm.