Potomac State must sweep to reach World Series
Cats play Louisburg at 10 a.m. , 1 p.m. if needed
KEYSER, W.Va. - Carlos Rivera single home a run in the top of the seventh inning that broke a 2-2 tie and gave the game its final 3-2 score, lifting Louisburg over Potomac State College in the Eastern District Playoffs Super Regional Saturday in junior college baseball action.
Potomac State got on the board first when Eric Saffell scored on a Tino Sloboda single. Saffell had reached on an infield hit and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch.
Louisburg tied it in the fourth after Marcus Covington hit a two-out triple followed by a Scott Ward single. A Joe Petropaoli base hit scored Graham Wooten and the Hurricanes took a 2-1 lead.
The Catamounts came right back in the bottom of the fifth to tie it on J.T. Osburn's run scoring single.
Rivera got his hit in the seventh and the game was quiet after that.
Enrique Garcia went the distance in the loss, striking out eight along the way.
Earlier Saturday, Potomac State beat Briarcliffe 16-4 in a five-inning game.
Osburn was 4-for-4 with a triple, double and two singles for a game-high five runs batted in. Saffell smacked out three singles and had two RBIs.
Brett McLain held Briarcliffe to three hits over five innings and had seven strike outs.
Potomac State (30-12) must play Louisburg (43-7) again today at 10 a.m. The Catamounts have to beat the Hurricanes twice to advance to the Junior College World Series. The second game, if necessary, will begin at 1 p.m.