Get hot in the postseason and there’s no telling how far your team can go. Bellarmine is the latest example of that. The Knights, seeded sixth in the six-team Midwest Regional taking place at Drury University in Springfield, Mo., beat top-seeded Ashland University 13-10 in the opening game of the regional on Thursday. That means that Bellarmine is still undefeated in the postseason after winning four games and the GLVC tourney title last week.
Not to take anything away from Bellarmine, but USI coach Tracy Archuleta still believes his team was just as good as any team in the GLVC tourney. It’s just that the Eagles faltered when they couldn’t afford to falter and lost two games at Bellarmine at the end of the regular season, keeping them out of the tournament. I still think USI had the pitching to go far, although with only six pitchers that might have been difficult if it had fallen into the losers’ bracket. But we’ll never know. Instead, sit back and watch what happens when a team that ended the regular season only five games over .500 (by comparison, USI finished 12 games over .500) gets on a roll.