CLINTON - The NIACC baseball team dropped a 2-1 decision to Southeastern in the opening round of the NJCAA Region XI tournament on Thursday at Ashford University Field.
Southeastern's Nick Boone scored from third when Gavin Logan coaxed a walk out of NIACC reliever Michael Sturek for the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Sturek relieved NIACC starter Michael Oh with the bases loaded and nobody out in the Southeastern ninth inning.
Oh (5-3) scattered seven hits, allowed two earned runs while striking out eight and walking three.
Southeastern tied the game in the eighth inning on a double to right field by Bryce Simon.
Kyle Amendt gained the win in relief for Southeastern. Amendt allowed one hit and no runs in 1 1/3 innings work with three strikeouts and no walks.
NIACC faces Ellsworth game at 6 p.m. Friday in an elimination game. Iowa Central topped Ellsworth 9-0 in seven innings in the final first round game Thursday.
NJCAA Region XI tournament
Ellsworth 2, Iowa Lakes 1
Kirkwood 5, Northeast CC 3
Southeastern 2, NIACC 1
Iowa Central 9, Ellsworth 0 (7)
Noon - DMACC vs. Kirkwood
3 p.m. - Southeastern vs. Iowa Central
6 p.m. - NIACC vs. Ellsworth (elimination game)