The Culver-Stockton College baseball team stayed alive in the Heart of America Atheltic Conference Baseball Tournament with a 10-6 victory over Peru State College Saturday morning at US Baseball Park in Ozark, Mo.
With the victory, the Wildcats (27-28) will face the loser of the Central Methodist/MidAmerica Nazarene game at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Eagles and Pioneers are slated to play at 7 p.m. Satuday night. Peru State ends their season with a 32-20 overall record.
Unlike Friday when the Wildcats found themselves down 4-0 to top-seeded Clarke (Iowa) in the first inning en route to a 7-3 loss, it was C-SC which struck early against the Bobcats.
C-SC trailed 2-0 after the top of the first, but the Wildcats responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning. The first four batters for the Wilcats reached base and scored to get C-SC off to a fast start.
Brandon Cotter led off the frame by drawing a walk and advanced to second on the first of three singles by Franklin Rojas. Jhonathan Mendoza followed with a RBI single to score Cotter with both Mendoza and courtesy runner Chris Moussa moving to second and third on an errant throw.
Kevin Cali walked to load the bases before Alex Satunas drilled a two-run double down the right field line to plate Moussa and Mendoza. Robin Felix finished the scoring in the opening frame with a sacrifice fly to bring Cali home with the fourth run.
The Wildcats added three more runs in the second to take a 7-2 lead after two innings. Rojas started the rally with a one out single, Mendoza followed with his second hit and Cali drove in the first run of the inning with a double. After Satunas popped out for the second out, Felix pick him up with a two-out double to plate both Mendoza and Cali.
Peru State garnered a single run in the third and two more in the fourth to pull to within 7-5 but the Wildcats added a run in the bottom of the fourth on a double by Matt Kuhl to give C-SC an 8-5 lead.
The Bobcats netted an unearned run in the fifth inning to keep the pressure on the Wildcats, but Mendoza drilled a two-run, inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the inning to give the Wildcats a four-run advantage at 10-6.
Neither team would score in the final four innings as both bullpens took control.
For the Wildcats, Luis Vilchez hurled five innings in relief of starter Daniel Smith and allowed just one unearned run. He scattered seven hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out two before being relieved by Tyler Smith with two runners on base and two outs in the ninth inning.
T. Smith walked the first batter he faced to load the bases and bring the tying run to the plate, but Gianfranco Garlobo flyed out to right to end the game and save the game for Vilchez, who improved to 8-4 on the season. T. Smith recorded is third save.
The Wildcats collected 14 hits in the game with Mendoza, Rojas and Satunas all recording three hits each. Mendoza, Cali and Rojas' spot in the order all scored three runs in the game, while Mendoza and Felix had three RBI's each. Edward Madera was 0-for-1 on the day, but walked four times.