By Blue Mountain College Media Relations
JACKSON, Tenn. – Blue Mountain College jumped out to a 5-0 lead over No. 19 and top-seeded Freed-Hardeman University and held on for an 8-7 win Monday in the opening game of the TranSouth Athletic Conference Championships here at Fesmire Field.
Dalton Kulas ripped a two-run home run and Nate Bell lashed a two-run single in the first inning, then the Toppers withstood five errors and 14 hits for the upset victory.
BMC, now 23-29, will play the loser Bethel-Martin Methodist game at 3:30 on Tuesday.
Jon Paul Barber got the win to run his record to 5-8 after throwing 99 pitches in 7.2 innings. Barber, who gave up only one earned run, struck out only one and walked only two. Hunter Mize got the save, his sixth of the year, by ringing up four of the five hitters he faced.
“I guess you’d have to call it an ugly win, but it’s the best-looking thing I’ve seen today,” BMC coach Curt Fowler said. “I’ve said all along that these guys never quit and they showed that today.”
Mize, Seth Kennedy, and Gardner Richey each had a single and double for the Toppers. and Zack Scott added a double.
For the Lions, Joe Mike had four hits and three runs-batted-in and Ben Ihde had three hits and drove in two runs.