Missed chances against the Great Lakes Valley Conference's "Pitcher of the Year" proved to be costly for Missouri S&T in its opening game of the conference baseball tournament Thursday, as Saint Joseph's pushed a run across with two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning for a 2-1 win at Bosse Field.
S&T (24-24), was scheduled to face the Drury-Maryville loser later Thursday in an elimination game.
Charlie Dennehey's single to center scored Brandon Brian with the winning run in a game that featured outstanding pitching from the Miners' Nolan Korn and SJC's Jordan Peterson, who was named as the league's top pitcher on Wednesday.
The Miners got the early lead in the second after Will Morrison doubled off the fence on a ball that was misjudged by Brian in left. After a sacrifice bunt, Morrison scored on a two-out single by Colin Coan.
S&T continued to get runners into scoring position against Peterson in the innings that followed, including its first two in the fourth and in the sixth when it loaded the bases with one out. In the sixth, S&T had the bases filled with one out, but Peterson got Coan to hit into a double play on a comebacker to escape that jam.
Saint Joseph's tied the game in the fifth on an RBI single by Brian that scored Matt Skrzypiec, but Korn was able to escape trouble in the sixth, eighth and ninth innings to keep the game tied. In the eighth, with runners at first and second with one out, Korn fanned Kolin Conner and Dennehey to get out of the inning.
Skrzypiec doubled with one out in the ninth, but Korn got a pair of fly outs to end that threat.
In the bottom of the tenth, Brian was hit by a pitch to start the inning and he ended up at third after a sacrifice bunt and a wild pitch. After Conner was walked with two outs, Dennehey hit a solid single into center to end the game.
Korn allowed only eight hits in the season-high 9 2/3 innings that he worked and struck out six. Meanwhile, Peterson – who threw all 10 innings for the Pumas for the second consecutive time – gave up seven hits and struck out five.
Coan and Sam Adams had two hits apiece for the Miners.