* USCAA *
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – Yesterday was the final day of the 2014 World Series for the USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association). The 2nd seeded LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY AT BELLEVILLE LYNX were 3-0 in Series play and were simply awaiting their title game opponent. That opponent would be the winner of the clash between the 4th seeded NEWPORT NEWS APPRENTICE SCHOOL BUILDERS and the top seeded defending champions – the UNIVERSITY OF CINCINATTI AT CLERMONT COUGARS. That game was knotted up at 2-2 in the 4th Inning but in the 5th the Cougars took a 4-2 lead and rode that score all the way to the win. Everett Osborne was the winning pitcher.
The battle for the USCAA crown was pretty much of an anticlimax after that exciting game. The Lynx went up 4-0 by the end of the 1st Inning, 5-0 after the 2nd and then led 9-2 after UC- Clermont scored their only runs in the 3rd. LU- Belleville then masterfully logged even more runs in the 6th, 7th and 8th Innings to take the title by a final score of FIFTEEN to TWO! Dylan Arvai got the win. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LYNX, THE 2014 CHAMPIONS OF USCAA BASEBALL! *
* NCCAA WORLD SERIES *
PRASCO PARK – EARLY GAMES – Yesterday was Day Two of the World Series in the NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association). First off the 4th seeded FRESNO PACIFIC UNIVERSITY SUNBIRDS improved to 2-0 in Series play by authoritatively defeating the 9th seeded SHORTER UNIVERSITY HAWKS in a 5-0 shutout. ### And in the other early game at Prasco Park the 5th seeded BLUEFIELD COLLEGE RAMBLING RAMS stunned the top seeded OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY EAGLES by a score of 6-3!
LEGACY FIELD – EARLY GAMES – Yesterday’s action over at Legacy Field got underway with the 3rd seeded LEE UNIVERSITY FLAMES bouncing back from yesterday’s loss to decimate the 10 seeds – the LANCASTER BIBLE COLLEGE CHARGERS – shutting them out TEN to NOTHING! ### The other early game at Legacy Field pitted the 2nd seeded TREVECCA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY TROJANS against the 6th seeded TOCCOA FALLS COLLEGE EAGLES. The Trojans had their hands full with the ever-dangerous TFC but survived a 3-2 Instant Classic.
PRASCO PARK – LATE GAMES – The 2nd seeded TREVECCA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY TROJANS kept their bats hot in their late game against the 10th seeded LANCASTER BIBLE COLLEGE CHARGERS. The Trojans showed the Chargers no mercy in a THIRTEEN to ONE beatdown. ### And the 7th seeded CEDARVILLE UNIVERSITY YELLOW JACKETS perpetuated that beatdown meme in their game by eviscerating the 6th seeded TOCCOA FALLS COLLEGE EAGLES to the tune of TWELVE to TWO!
LEGACY FIELD – LATE GAMES – The action was much tighter in the late games over at Legacy Field. First the 5th seeded BLUEFIELD COLLEGE RAMBLING RAMS won a 5-4 game for the ages against the always-fighting but just-short 8 seeds – the TRINITY CHRISTIAN COLLEGE TROLLS. ### While the top seeded OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY EAGLES and the 9th seeded SHORTER UNIVERSITY HAWKS fought to a 5-5 tie before the 3 hour limit on Pool Games brought Day Two to an end.
* NAIA PLAYOFFS *
KINGSPORT BRACKET – The 3rd seeded CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS squared off against the top seeded MISSOURI BAPTIST UNIVERSITY SPARTANS for the bracket title. The first 3 Innings were scoreless but the Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the 4th then built that up to a 4-0 lead in the 5th. The Spartans replied with one run each in the 6th and 7th Innings but Cumberland U matched those with 2 more runs of its own in the 8th. The Bulldogs then held Missouri Baptist to 1 run in the 9th for a 6-3 victory! Kevin T Greene got the win! * THE BULLDOGS MOVE ON TO THE NAIA WORLD SERIES *
DAYTONA BEACH BRACKET – The top two seeds were the last teams standing in this bracket. The top seeded SOUTHERN POLYTECHNIC RUNNING HORNETS outclassed the 2nd seeded EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY EAGLES on both sides of the ball as it turned out. The Running Hornets and the Eagles kept each other off the scoreboard through 5 tense Innings before Southern Poly got a run in the top of the 6th. The Running Hornets added 3 more runs in the 7th Inning and 4 more in the 8th enroute to an 8-0 win! Matt Miller pitched 9 Innings of Iron Man baseball for the victory while ERAU used 5 pitchers in the loss. * THE RUNNING HORNETS MOVE ON TO THE NAIA WORLD SERIES *
HUTCHINSON BRACKET – The bracket’s top seeded TABOR COLLEGE BLUE JAYS personally rang in the chimes of midnight for the Cinderella 5 seeds – the VITERBO UNIVERSITY V-HAWKS. The V-Hawks had heroically fought their way to the title game against all the odds but couldn’t match the Tabor College machine. The Blue Jays got off to a 1-0 lead after 1 Inning before both teams put up a run in the 4th. That 2-1 Tabor lead became 4-1 in the 6th Inning and 5-1 in the 8th. Alex Mann threw all 9 Innings for the 5-1 Blue Jay win. * THE BLUE JAYS MOVE ON TO THE NAIA WORLD SERIES *
MONTGOMERY BRACKET – First the 2nd seeded LSU- SHREVEPORT PILOTS (riverboat pilots) advanced to the title match with a 2-0 shutout of the 3rd seeded MIDAMERICA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY PIONEERS. Pitcher Caleb Olson got the “W”. ### Then the top seeded defending champions of NAIA baseball – the FAULKNER UNIVERSITY EAGLES – showed the Pilots how champions play ball. a 3-1 Faulkner in the 2nd Inning was the closest the Pioneers ever got. The Eagles added 2 runs in the 3rd and then 3 runs each in the 5th and 7th for an 11-1 triumph. The win went to Thomas Dorminy. * THE EAGLES MOVE ON TO THE NAIA WORLD SERIES *
LAWRENCEVILLE BRACKET – The top seeded GEORGIA GWINNETT COLLEGE GRIZZLIES used a big 8th Inning to demolish the 2nd seeded SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY FIRE. A 4-1 Fire lead in the 3rd Inning became a 5-4 advantage in the 4th. The Grizzlies tied it up at 5-all in the 7th then exploded for 9 runs in the 8th for a 14-5 win for Alex Roberts. ### Since Southeastern U had a game to give that set up a decisive Game Two in which the Grizzlies converted a 4-1 4th Inning lead into a 7-4 victory. Jonathan Spitler got the win. * THE GRIZZLIES MOVE ON TO THE NAIA WORLD SERIES *
SHAWNEE BRACKET – The top seeded OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY BISON had a game to give going into their clash with the 2nd seeded BELLEVUE UNIVERSITY BRUINS. In Game One the two teams kept each other scoreless except for two separate Innings. The Bruins notched 4 runs in the 5th with the Bison mustering just 2 runs in the 8th. Steve Sarcone pitched the 4-2 win. ### In Game Two the Bison came back from a 2-0 3nd Inning deficit to take a 9-2 win before their at-bat was over. In the 4th the Bruins made it 9-4 and in the 6th 9-6. OBU added 4 in the 7th for a 13-4 victory. Credit Kelvin Rivas with the win. * THE BISON MOVE ON TO THE NAIA WORLD SERIES *
MARION BRACKET – The GEORGETOWN (KY) COLLEGE TIGERS came in as the top seeds but, due to weather rescheduling found themselves having to survive THREE games in a row enroute to the title. First the Tigers got off to a 4-0 lead, then 9-3 and finally 9-5 to eliminate the 5th seeded SPRING ARBOR UNIVERSITY COUGARS. ### Next Georgetown trailed 2-1 in the 5th to the 3rd seeded MT VERNON NAZARENE UNIVERSITY COUGARS before forcing another game by beating them 5-4 in 1o Innings. ### And finally the Tigers took this triple- header by crushing the Cougars ELEVEN to FOUR to win the bracket. The triumphant pitchers in those three games were Shaun Meyer, Craig Ramsey and Edwin Santiago, respectively. * THE TIGERS MOVE ON TO THE NAIA WORLD SERIES *
* NJCAA PLAYOFFS *
NORTH (2) DISTRICT – The SINCLAIR COLLEGE TARTAN PRIDE led the MOTT COLLEGE BEARS 2-0 after the 1st Inning and 5-0 after the 2nd. That became a 5-2 lead in the 6th and an 8-2 lead in the 8th which held up as the final score. ### And the VINCENNES UNIVERSITY TRAILBLAZERS came back from a 2-0 2nd Inning deficit to tie the MUSKEGON COLLEGE JAYHAWKS at 4-4 by the end of regulation. In the THIRTEENTH INNING the Trailblazers emerged with an 8-4 win.