Dayton beats Rhode Island in A-10 baseball tournament

Dayton playing in conference tournament for first time since 2014

The Dayton Flyers tied the game in the seventh inning and then won their Atlantic 10 Conference baseball tournament opener with three runs in the eighth, beating Rhode Island 5-2 on Wednesday at Fordham University.

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Eddie Pursinger, who entered the game as a defensive replacement in the top of the eighth, hit a bases-loaded double to break the tie in the bottom of the inning.

Bellefontaine grad Tyler Jones held the No. 6 seed Rams (23-28) scoreless in the final 4 2/3 innings to earn the victory.

Dayton, the No. 3 seed, will play No. 2 seed Davidson (27-19) at 10 a.m. Thursday in the second round of the winner’s bracket. It is a double-elimination tournament. Davidson beat No. 7 seed Saint Louis (25-27) 2-0 on Wednesday.

If Dayton (30-24) wins Thursday, it will play No. 1 seed Virginia Commonwealth, No. 4 Fordham or No. 5 Richmond at noon Friday. If Dayton loses Thursday, it will move to the loser’s bracket and play its third game at 5 p.m. Thursday.

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Dayton trailed Rhode Island twice. A bunt by Connor Echols scored Mitchell Garrity with the tying run in the third inning. Garrity scored on a wild throw to first base.

In the seventh, Takahiro Yamada singled to score Connor Wilson from second, tying the game at 2-2.

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