St. Cloud State, the No. 1 ranked team in NCAA Division II baseball this season, stayed alive in NCAA Division II Central Region tournament play with a 2-0 extra inning victory over Missouri Southern State University on Friday afternoon.
SCSU lost 10-4 to Henderson State earlier in the day.
The Huskies advance to face Southern Arkansas, which lost 7-2 to Minnesota State Mankato. The loss eliminated Missouri Southern State from Central Region tournament play.
The Huskies relied on a sterling pitching performance by All-Central Region Pitcher of the Year Reese Gregory, who tallied a completed game two-hit shutout that included five strikeouts and only 32 batters faced in the contest. The victory improved Gregory's season mark to 12-0, which sets a new team record for most wins in a season. He only allowed one walk in the game and did not allow a hit until the bottom of the seventh inning.
SCSU outhit the Lions 8-2 in the contest and scored the two winning runs in the top of the 10th inning.
Eric Loxtercamp opened the 10th inning with a walk and was advanced to second on a sac bunt by Brandon Arnold. A single by Mike Jurgella moved Loxtercamp to third base, which set up the game winning RBI single by Zach Hoffmann. Jurgella advanced to third on the play and later added the second run with a sac fly by Karl Sorensen.
Loxtercamp led SCSU with three hits in the contest, while Beau Fandel had a double and two hits in the game for the Huskies.
Minnesota State Mankato won its opener 3-1 against Missouri Southern State behind a three-hit complete game from freshman Dalton Roach.
Then Friday evening the Mavericks fell behind 2-0 in the first inning but allowed just three hits the rest of the way en route to victory. Nolan Johnson drove in two runs and scored three times in the nightcap.
Brody Rodning struck out 14 batters.