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.