BUTLER, Pa. — The Lindenwood-Belleville Lynx lost 6-3 to No. 3 Cincinnati-Clermont on Tuesday at the USCAA Small College World Series.
The Series is a double elimination tournament so the fight is not over for the Lynx. LU-Belleville heads into the loser's bracket after winning its first two games before the loss and will have a chance to extend their tournament run at 9 a.m. Wednesday.
The Lynx will face an elimination unless the defeat the winner of the game between No. 5 PSU-Greater Allegheny and No. 9 Briarcliffe.
The Lynx (25-21) found themselves down early to the Eagles (26-7-1), a deficit they were unable to come back from as in the previous two tournament games.
LU-Belleville started out shaky, as three errors on the Lynx gave Cincinnati-Clermont a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first to leadoff the game.
But LU-Belleville would not be scoreless for long. In the top of the second, Dylan Skinner hit a double off the left field wall, driven in by a double to the left-center wall by Mirek Sharp and the Lynx were on the board, 2-1.
The Cougars scored two more in the bottom of second, as a two-out, two-run double put UC-Clermont up 4-1 over the Lynx.
Back-to-back walks put Sean Keeney and Kyle Forsythe on base with no outs, but Trey Meier grounded into a double play to put two outs on the board and send Forsythe back to the dugout. With Keeney on third, Jake Degener came up with a single to center field to score Keeney and close the gap, 4-2.
Sharp occupied third in the top of the fourth, scoring on an error by the pitcher as he attempted to throw Tyler Ford out at first, closing in on the Eagles, 4-3.
Two runs in the bottom of the fifth would extend UC-Clermont's lead to 6-3. The Lynx could not redeem themselves, as they fell to final score of 6-3.
Michael Sabatino (4-2) was handed the loss, allowing five earned runs off 11 hits while striking out three and walking only one.
Meier went 2-for-4 at the plate, while Skinner went 1-for-3 with a double and run scored. Sharp finished 1-for-2 with a double, RBI and run scored.