Forced to replay the end of a game it thought it had won, one day earlier, fifth-seeded John Carroll responded with two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Tuesday, to defeat sixth-seeded Archbishop Curley, 4-3, to remain alive in the MIAA A Conference baseball tournament.
The Patriots (11-11) advance to play Mount St. Joseph, Wednesday, as the elimination bracket continues, while Curley (7-19) saw its season come to an end.
The Friars got a reprieve when the MIAA upheld their protest that reversed a 2-1 loss on Monday. The Friars had runners on second and third with one out in the sixth and appeared to score the tying run on a sac fly. However, the runner who moved from second to third on the play was ruled out on appeal and the umpires incorrectly disallowed the run that had crossed. The ruling reset the game to the start of the bottom of the sixth inning, tied at two.
It stayed that way into the top of seventh when Curley moved in front, 3-2. In the home team’s final at bat, however, Matt Lozinak tied the game with booming double to right-center, scoring Tim Kutchner who had reached on an error. After an intentional walk, a sacrifice bunt, and another intentional walk, junior Nick Turnbull laced a single to left, plating pinch runner Collin McCaughey with the winning run.
John Carroll lost its tournament opener, 9-5, at St. Joe on Friday.