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LONGVIEW, April 24, 2017--YellowJacket baseball's comeback was cut short by severe weather in the Longview area. After giving up five runs in the first inning, LeTourneau scored five runs of their own and trailed 8-5 when the game was called for lightning.
According to the NCAA rule book, once a game has successfully completed five complete innings it can be considered final unless the game is tied. Belhaven takes the series finale victory, their eighth straight to end their regular season.
The YellowJackets (9-26, 1-20 ASC) got on the board on a sacrifice hit by Jacob Faubion to score Lee Hosie from third base. Hosie reached on a single to left center and was moved over by a Kyle Jacobs double.
LETU would add another run in the third on yet another double from senior Kyle Jacobs. His RBI shot to right field brought home Hosie for his second run of the game.
BU tacked on two more in the top of the fourth inning and held an 8-2 lead. Three consecutive singles from Noah Mahoney, Gonzalo Sosa, and Jake Simmons loaded the bases for Brandon Ramirez. The sophomore third baseman reached on a fielder's choice and Mahoney beat the tag as the Blazer catcher dropped the throw to the plate.
Carson Dickey singled to left center field to bring home Sosa and cut the Belhaven lead to 8-4. Lee Hosie followed and reached on an RBI fielder's choice scoring Simmons from third.
The next two innings were fruitless for both teams as Belhaven had just four at-bats in the fifth and sixth frames, LETU had just three in each inning.
The Saturday series finale marked the final home game for the season and Senior Day for four YellowJackets playing their final game at Conrad-Vernon Field. Caleb LaDuke, Kyle Jacobs, Jacob Simmons, and Jordan Carns were recognized and honored before the game in a short ceremony.
LeTourneau will be wrap up their 2017 campaign with a 3-game series at University of the Ozarks. First pitch for Friday's single game is set for 2 p.m. Saturday's season-closing doubleheader will start at 12 p.m. in Clarksville, Arkansas.
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