COTE ST. LUC, Que. — Catcher Steven Rintoul drove home the go-ahead run to highlight a six-run rally in the sixth inning that propelled McGill to an 8–4 come-from-behind victory over Concordia at Gary Carter Field on Sunday. The win evened the Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association’s Northern Division final series at 1-1, forcing a deciding game in what turned out to be a doubleheader.
The game had initially started the day before but was suspended after rain forced both teams off the field with Concordia up 2–1 in the top of the fifth. The Stingers seemed to have the momentum on Saturday, holding the Redmen to just one run, but McGill’s bats went to work following a 24-hour respite.
Concordia opened the second act with an RBI-single off the bat of third-baseman Sam Lamothe to extend their lead to 3–1. Both teams traded runs before the Redmen stepped up swinging in the bottom of the sixth.
James Pavelick walked to load the bases in the miracle comeback and went to third on a two-run single by Vardy which tied the score at 3-3. Rintoul, the next batter, stroked an RBI-single to centrefield which scored outfielder James Pavelick of Surrey, B.C., to put McGill on top 5–4. Welence then cashed in Vardy, extending the lead to 6–4 before Levis delivered an RBI on a ground-out to second base. Welence capped off the rally, scoring from third base on a wild pitch.
McGill reliever Justin Hii collected the win, allowing no runss in 1.1 innings of work of starter Tim Jones of Lake Jackson, Texas. Jone went four strong innings, allowing just one earned run off four hits, while striking out three batters.
Concordia starter Brandon Berkovits took the loss, allowing seven runs in just two innings. he walked one and struck out one.
The third and deciding game of the series is set to begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
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