A back-and-forth battle that lasted well into extra innings ended in defeat for the Missouri S&T baseball team, as Maryville scored twice in the top of the 13th inning – after the Miners had just extended the game an inning earlier – to take a 6-4 win and eliminate S&T from the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.
Missouri S&T finished the 2013 season with a record of 24-25 and was third in the GLVC West Division with a 22-14 record.
The 13-inning contest, which matched the longest game in Miner history and longest in the history of the GLVC Tournament, was finally decided when Corey Gall singled in a run in the top of the inning and a second run scored as the result of a throwing error on the play.
Maryville took the lead in the opening inning when Eric Keling singled home Kaleb DePew moments after S&T had thrown a runner out at the plate. That lead held up until the fifth, when the Miners got a leadoff bunt single by Clint Wobbe, a sacrifice bunt and an RBI single from Kyle Rich to tie the score.
In the sixth, Will Morrison drew a leadoff walk and following a sacrifice, Sam Adams was hit by a pitch. The Saints pulled starting pitcher Matt Staback for Brandon Sarkission following the hit batter, but Colin Coan delivered a two-out, two-run single to give the Miners a 3-1 lead.
Chris Bowe carried that lead through the seventh inning, ending that inning by getting Bob Miller to hit into an inning-ending double play. But in the eighth,Jacob Hinton hit the first batter he faced and gave up a hit, prompting a pitching change that brought Reed Brown in from third base to pitch.
The Saints got a hit from DePew to cut the lead to one, then Keling hit a sacrifice fly later in the inning to tie it at three.
S&T had good scoring opportunities in the eighth and ninth squelched by bad luck. With a runner at second and one out in the eighth, the Miners had Tyler Bodenstab stealing third, but Coan hit a ball right at the third baseman just as Bodenstab was arriving, resulting in a double play.
In the ninth, S&T again had a runner at second with one out, but Brown lined into an inning-ending double play.
Maryville also escaped a major jam in the 11th, as Bodenstab reached on an error to open the inning and reached third on a sacrifice and a wild pitch. Following a pair of intentional walks to load the bases, Sarkission pitched out of it by getting a strikeout and a line out to end the inning.
Page 2 of 2 - The Saints regained the lead in the 12th when Kyle Kinyon singled to open the inning, then a passed ball and two wild pitches brought home the go-ahead run. But the Miners answered back, as Lockett singled to open the bottom of the inning scored on a two-out, two-strike hit by Bodenstab.
However, DePew singled off John Auble to begin the 13th, went to second on a hit by Keling and scored when Gall singled into center; a wild throw to third on the play allowed a second run to score on the play.
The Miners got three hits from Morrison and two apiece by Wobbe and Coan as they finished with 11.