In the top of the ninth following a 2:15 rain delay, BW had the bases loaded with two outs and freshman pinch hitter Cole Nieto (Brunswick/Cleveland St. Igantius) drew a walk to force home a run and make it a 9-8 game. That is when Green stepped to the plate and singled to score junior pinch runner Anthony Eder (Cuyahoga Heights) with the tying run and junior left-fielder Zach Ferster (Olmsted Falls) with the go-ahead run for a 10-9 lead.
In the bottom of the ninth, staff ace and senior right-hander Cory Waite (Willoughby/South) pitched his second scoreless inning to claim the win.
At the plate, BW was led by Gugliotta and Green. Gugliotta was 5-for-6 with a run scored and a run batted-in (RBI). Green was 4-for-5 with a run scored, the game-winning hit and four RBI.
On the mound, senior left-hander Cory Durbin (Canton/GlenOak) started and pitched the first five and two-third innings, allowed 10 base hits, six runs (four earned) and struck out two JCU hitters. He left with a 7-6 lead. He was followed by senior righty Dylan Fodor (Twinsburg) who got the final out of the sixth. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Matt Wittels (Lyndhurst/Brush) began the seventh and allowed one hit and an earned run and got one out. Sophomore right-hander Connor Murphy (Westford, Mass./Northeast) followed Wittels and allowed two hits and two runs. Waite pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth to improve to 6-1 overall.
The winner of the OAC Tournament receives the league's automatic berth in this year's NCAA Division III National Tournament which starts next week. To date, BW has the credentials to receive a berth. Against ranked teams in the Mideast, BW is 2-2 versus No. 1 Marietta, 2-1 versus No. 2 Heidelberg, 1-1 versus No. 3 Case Western Reserve University, BW is No. 4, 1-0 versus No. 5 The College of Wooster, 2-0 versus No. 6 LaRoche (Pa.) College, 1-2 versus No. 7 JCU and 1-1 versus No. 9 Ohio Northern University.
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