Central Methodist University scored five times in the top of the 10th inning and went on to post a 6-1 victory over the Culver-Stockton College baseball team in an elimination game at the Heart of America Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament Sunday afternoon at US Baseball Park in Ozark, Mo.
The Wildcats end the season the with a 27-29 overal record while the Eagles advanced to a semifinal game with Benedictine (Kan.) Sunday night.
C-SC jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when Jhonathan Mendoza singled to start the inning, moved to third on groundouts by Kevin Cali and Alex Satunas, and scored on a two-out single by Robin Felix.
Wildcat starter Andrew Wimberly held the Eagles, ranked 15th in the latest NAIA national poll, scoreless on three hits through the first seven innings. However, CMU finally broke through in the eighth inning when Patrick Norris singled with one out, stole second and scored on a two-out single by Dustyn Macaluso.
The Wildcats tried to answer in the bottom of the inning as the Eagles committed errors on back-to-back batters to start the frame. Jordan Vazquez reached on a throwing error by shortstop Zach Beckner and Brandon Cotter reached on a throwing error by pitcher Tyler Hull as he tried to sacrifice.
With runners at first and second, Franklin Rojas struck out trying to bunt the runners over. Hull then got Mendoza and Cali to ground into fielder choice's to end the threat.
Both teams went in order in the ninth inning to send the contest to extra frames.
In the 10th, the Eagles rattled the bats for four hits and the Wilcats committed a costly error leading to CMU plating five runs in the inning and taking a commanding 6-1 lead.
Nick Stratman singled to lead off the bottom of the 10th for the Wildcats, but the next three batters grounded out to end the game and C-SC's season.
Wimberly deserved a better fate as he allowed just five hits through the first nine innings before the Eagles finally got to him in the 10 inning. Wimberly struck out four and walked just one while scattering eight hits and six runs (four unearned) in 9 1/3 innings of work.
Offensively, the Wildcats collected seven hits, all singles, in the game with Matt Kuhl going 2-for-4 to lead the way.