Top-seeded Bellevue University scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 3-all tie en route to a 5-3 win over fourth-seeded Jamestown (N.D.) in the opening round of the NAIA National Tournament Wednesday night at Lewis and Clark Park.
Jerrod White scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth frame with a solo homer over the right field fence off Jimmie reliever Tyler Rice. The Bruins added an insurance run on an RBI single by pinch hitter RJ Jerrick to center field that drove in Anthony Bazant who reached on a single to left field and then stole second.
Chris Williamson earned the win after replacing Bruin starter Luis Castillo in the top of the seventh inning. Williamson pitched three hitless innings to improve to 7-2 on the season.
White also added a double, leading Bellevue at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI.
The game started nearly three hours late after the tournament’s two previous games went extra innings. Jamestown defeated Nebraska Wesleyan, 7-6, in 11 innings in the tournament’s first game.
Bellevue (40-10) will face Madonna (Mich.), a 12-11 winner in 12 innings over Fresno Pacific. The winner’s bracket game is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday.