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Record: 30-25 Home: 18-7 Away: 9-14 Neutral: 3-4 HAAC: 17-15
Baseball - Sat, May 6, 2017
Benedictine College
Chase Watt (left) talks with starter Kyle Singer on the mound in Avila's loss on Saturday to Benedictine. (Photo Credit: Josh
Chase Watt (left) talks with starter Kyle Singer on the mound in Avila's loss on Saturday to Benedictine. (Photo Credit: Josh

Ozark, MO - The Eagles fell in a big hole early on Saturday in their elimination game with the Benedictine Ravens at the Heart Baseball Tournament, and were unable to finish their valiant comeback effort, falling 12-9 to end their season.

The Eagles (30-25, 1-2 in Tournament) took an early 1-0 lead over the Ravens (34-21, 1-1 in Tournament), but surrendered eight runs in the bottom of the first inning to fall behind by seven after just one frame. The Eagles got a run back in the top of the second, but the Ravens plated 3 in the third and 1 in the fifth to build a 12-2 lead, which proved insurmountable for the Eagles.

Despite falling down by ten runs, the Eagles battled back to make a game of it, plating 5 runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to make it a 12-8 game, finding themselves within slam distance with three more at bats to go. Unfortunately for the Eagles, they scored just one more run in the game as they fell to the Ravens, 12-9 to end their season.

Six Eagles had multi-hit games as Avila out hit the Ravens, 13 to 9, but the Eagles left twelve men on base compared to just six for Benedictine. Avila left the bases loaded in the third and fifth innings, and left two on in the eighth inning in the loss.

After falling behind 12-2 after four innings, Avila's bullpen shut down the Raven's high-powered offense completely, shutting them out over the final four frames to give themselves a chance to make a comeback. Dylan Carnahan, Cage Cascone and Gunnar Friend combined for five shutout innings for the Eagles, allowing just two hits while striking out three.

The Eagles struggled with the top three and bottom two batters in Benedictine's lineup on Saturday, with those five players coming through with all of the team's RBIs and all but two of their hits.

Avila's offense was led by Henry Morphew, who went 2-for-5 with a team-high 2 RBIs. Brandon Chandler, Chase Watt, A.J. Oviedo and Danny Kralicek each added a pair of hits in the loss.

Avila's loss closed the book on the 2017 season, with the Eagles reaching 30 victories for the second straight year. The Eagles also picked up their first Heart Postseason Tournament victory since the 2013 season.

Box Score: Avila - 9 vs. Benedictine - 12

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Benedictine (Kan.)80310000X 1292