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ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. -- Fifth-seeded Piedmont took a commanding lead in the second round of USA South tournament play and held on for a 6-1 upset of top-seeded and No. 8 Christopher Newport.

Josh Bailey started off a solid game with a single in the first. Tate Koons moved to second on the single, after reaching base via a walk. Bailey and Koons both stole to advance into scoring positions for the Lions. Logan Pethel grounded out to score Koons and give the Lions the lead.

Strong defense by both teams kept the score stale through the fourth inning. Austin Brick stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the fourth with a runner on second. Brick delivered a run on a single to score Michael Barnes and give the Lions the eventual game-winner.

Christopher Newport set themselves up for a comeback in the fifth. An RBI single gave the Captains a fighting chance moving forward, but Piedmont shut them down in the bottom of the inning. Josh Bailey hit a ball over the right field fence to score two and increase the deficit to 4-1 at the end of five.

Keith Grabowski led off the bottom of the seventh with a single for the Lions. He stole second before Koons walked and Bailey was hit by a pitch to load the bases. The opportunity was ripe for senior Kevin D'Antignac as he came through with an RBI single to score Grabowski. Barnes stepped up to bat next and hit a sac fly to score Koons, the final run of the game.

Matt Lisk, the eventual game-winning pitcher, hung up his glove after 7.2 innings. Lisk struck out five and gave up only three hits in the win. Josh Bailey led the offensive charge going 2-for-3.