LOUISVILLE — Lincoln Memorial split Wednesday’s doubleheader at Bellarmine College to conclude a midweek nonconference series. The Railsplitters (9-12, 3-3 SAC) used a 13-run fifth inning to come away with a 16-10 victory in game one but could not hold onto a lead in the second game as the Knights (8-6) walked off 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh on Bobby Brokamp’s double.
Nate Stinson launched a two-run home run and drove in a career-high four runs in game one, while Russell Clark doubled twice in his 3-for-5 performance and drove in three more runs.
Lincoln Memorial recorded nine of its 14 hits and batted around twice in the 13-run outburst. Bellarmine scored in six of seven innings but could not overcome the one big inning.
Timmy Wages and Seth Hunt combined for five of Lincoln Memorial’s six hits in game two. Hunt went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, while Wages was the only Railsplitter to record multiple hits in both games with a pair of 2-for-3 performances.
The Railsplitters broke a 4-4 tie in the top of the seventh, but Bellarmine scored two runs in the bottom half to win.
The Railsplitters next return to SAC play in Hickory, North Carolina for a weekend series against Lenoir-Rhyne.
Game One: Lincoln Memorial 16, Bellarmine 10
Derek Trainor-Fogleman made his first career start for the Railsplitters and earned his first win. He allowed four runs (three earned), five hits, one walk and struck out two in four innings.
The Knights took an early 2-0 lead in the first behind RBI hits from Alex Phillips and Josh Finerty. Stinson’s homer in the top of the second tied the game, but Drew Greenwood laced a double to center in the bottom half of the inning to put Bellarmine back ahead.
Wages tripled home Logan Augustine in the top of the third to tie the game back up at three apiece.
Bellarmine scratched across another run in the bottom of the fourth. Zac Wiley led off with a walk and came around to score on Brokamp’s RBI groundout.
Augustine led off the top of the fifth with a double to right center and scored on a Clark single. Wages was hit by a pitch, and Eric Kalman was retired before Yancey Pritchett came on in relief for the Knights. He failed to retire any of the four batters he faced, hitting two, before being replaced by Willie Poe, who also could not retire any of the six batters he faced.
The two combined to allow 10 runs, six hits, two walks and three hit batters. Dylan Sexton came on as the fourth Bellarmine pitcher of the inning and got Dalton Dedas to ground into a fielder’s choice to finally record the second out.
Stinson doubled home another run, followed by two walks to load the bases for the sixth time in the inning, before Augustine fouled out to mercifully end 13-run onslaught.
The Knights scored six runs over the final three innings to close the gap to 16-10, but Cody Hinson came on for the final two outs of the game.
Game Two: Bellarmine 6, Lincoln Memorial 5
The Railsplitters got off to their customary start by pushing across a run in the first inning. Hunt led off the game with a single for his first of three hits and came around to score on Wages’ single to left. Bellarmine answered back in the bottom of the first with two runs of its own on Alex Ralph’s two-out single.
Matt Mullenbach started on the mound for the Railsplitters but lasted just 2.1 innings. He only allowed the two first-inning runs but gave up four hits and four free passes. He also issued two wild pitches, one of which set up Ralph’s two-run hit.
That score held until Lincoln Memorial’s three-run fourth inning. Wages and Kalman reached to lead off the inning. Dedas singled both home two batters later to give the Railsplitters the lead back. He pushed across the team’s fourth run by moving up on a wild pitch and scoring on Hunt’s single.
Bellarmine tied the game back up at four with a run apiece in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings. Brokamp reached on Kalman’s error to lead off the fifth and came around on Phillips’ sac fly. Brokamp’s infield single an inning later brought home the tying run.
Lincoln Memorial re-took the lead with a run in the top of the seventh. Hunt led off with a double to right center, and Ewers bunted him over to third. After Augustine was intentionally walked, Clark’s groundout to first brought in Hunt.
Hinson stayed in for the Railsplitters in the bottom of the seventh after entering in the sixth to squash a potential Bellarmine rally. He got the leadoff batter to harmlessly hit a comebacker but could not retire any of the game’s final four batters.
Wiley started off the rally with a single up the middle, and the following batter was hit by a pitch. Jacob Pendred then singled home the tying run before Brokamp doubled home the winning run for the walk-off win.