Flagler stays alive with 2 wins Friday in Peach Belt Conference baseball tournament

FLORENCE, S.C. | Flagler College won two more elimination games Friday at the Peach Belt Conference baseball tournament.


If the Saints can win another today, they will advance to the championship game.

Flagler defeated UNC Pembroke 4-3 Friday night at Sparrow Stadium for its third victory in two days after losing its tournament opener 14-0 to Georgia College on Wednesday.

Earlier Friday, the Saints (31-23) defeated USC Aiken 8-4. They will meet Pembroke (39-14) again at 10 a.m. today. The winner will play either Georgia College or North Georgia for the conference championship tonight.

The Saints trailed Pembroke 3-2 going into the bottom of the eighth inning. Cole Ondrejka led off the inning with a double down the left field line. After a walk, Jason Moore reached first on a fielder’s choice and Ondrejka went to third. Jake Hathaway’s single up the middle scored Ondrejka with the tying run. Moore scored on Bobby Bassler’s soft-liner to right, just beating the throw home.

Ethan Jones (4-0) closed out his third game in two days, pitching 2 1/3 innings and retiring the last seven batters to get the win. Dylan Jones went 2-for-4 with his 27th double of the season, breaking the school and conference single-season record.

In their first game Friday, the Saints sent nine men to the plate in the third and fourth innings to score seven runs against 13th-ranked USC Aiken (39-13).

Ondrejka, who went 5 for 5 in Thursday’s 4-3 win over Lander, continued his torrid hitting, going 3 for 4 with an RBI and run scored against USC Aiken. He went 1 for 4 against Pembroke.

Ethan Crout went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and three RBI against Aiken. Igor Baez (two RBI) and Moore (a double and an RBI) also had two hits for the Saints. Bassler had a base hit, two walks and scored three runs.

Dante Pagano (1-0), the second of four Flagler pitchers, recorded his first college victory, tossing 2 1/3 scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and struck out two batters. Ryan Ashworth started and pitched three innings. Jones earned his first save, allowing one hit and no runs in 1 2/3 innings.