Will Johnson tied the game with a home run in the eighth and Logan Thomason put EKU in front with a homer in the top of the ninth.
Those two big blasts helped the Colonels pick up a 4-1 victory over No. 3 seed Morehead State University on Wednesday the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament at Rent One Park in Marion, Ill.
The No. 6 seed Colonels will face No. 2 seed Austin Peay at 4 p.m. today in the double elimination event.
The game will air live on ESPN+.
EKU trailed 1-0 when Johnson led off the eighth inning. He sent a 2-2 pitch deep over the wall in left field to tie the game. Morehead State (37-20) starter Dalton Stambaugh retired the next three batters to end the inning.
With one out in the top of the ninth, the Colonels (31-25) got to Stambaugh again. This time Thomason, a freshman from Richmond, sent the second pitch he saw down the left field line to put EKU in front 2-1.
After Stambaugh was pulled, Charles Ludwick was hit by a pitch and Michael Brewer singled to right center. With runners and second and third and two outs, Johnson gave EKU some insurance runs. He ripped a double into the gap in left center to make it a three-run game.
Aaron Ochsenbein came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth. He retired the first two batters on a fly ball and a strikeout, but the next two reached base to bring the tying run to the plate. With a 2-2 count, Ochsenbein got Hunter Fain looking to end the game.
Redshirt freshman Will Brian started for EKU, just his fifth start of the season. After giving up a single to start the bottom of the first inning, Brian didn’t allow a hit to any of the next 18 batters he faced, scatting four walks over that span.
He allowed a total of three hits, one run and five walks allowed over six innings. The Brandenburg native struck out two.
Jacob Abbot (2-0) came in to pitch with a runner on and no outs in the bottom of the seventh. He retired the next three batters and earned the win after tossing two innings of scoreless relief. He gave up two hits and struck out two.
Stambaugh (7-4) allowed two runs on five hits in 8 1/3 innings for the Eagles. He walked two and struck out nine.
Johnson finished the game 3-for-4 with a walk, a run and three RBI. Thomason was 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Stephen Hill went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI for Morehead State.
“It was a great win,” EKU coach Edwin Thompson said. “It started with Will giving us a great quality start. Then Jacob and Aaron closing it out. To give up just one run against their offense is was really special on their part. Their starter dominated for eight innings. I felt like the third and fourth times through the line-up we started having some better at bats. Finally, Will punched through with one in the eighth and then Logan in the ninth. Defensively we played very well, eliminating three of their runners off the bases. I’m proud of how we have responded and played good baseball down the stretch.”