JOPLIN, Mo. – Facing elimination for the third time in three years headed into their second game of the Heart of America Athletic Conference Baseball Championship Series, the Raven Baseball team advanced to day three on Thursday earning a 3-1 win over Culver-Stockton College (15-38).
Benedictine (15-32) earned its third win of the season over the Wildcats to remain alive in the Championship Series and will now take on Graceland University at 10 a.m. Saturday in another elimination game.
Adam Burns got the call to start Friday's game for the Ravens and pitched all nine innings for the complete-game win. He scattered seven hits over his outing while giving up just one run with four strikeouts.
Benedictine scored their three runs off six hits in support of Burns, who also took full advantage of four double plays by his defense throughout the game.
After Culver scored in the top of the fourth inning, the Ravens were able to extend their lead back to two runs in the bottom of the eighth when Chris Johnson connected on a solo home run to pull the Ravens ahead 3-1.
Saturday morning's game will have live stats, courtesy of Dakstats, with the link located at www.ravenathletics.com. KAAN radio, the Graceland radio affiliate will also have a radio stream, which is also linked on the schedule located below the headline stories at ravenathletics.com.