* NAIA *
DAY ONE – GAME ONE – The opening game of the 2014 College World Series for the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) pitted the 9th seeded TABOR COLLEGE BLUE JAYS against the 8th seeded SOUTHERN POLYTECHNIC RUNNING HORNETS. The Blue Jays pulled off the mild upset with a run in the 2nd Inning that wound up being all the scoring in the entire game! The Running Hornets left six runners stranded on base. Junior Mustain pitched the 1-0 victory for Tabor college.
DAY ONE – GAME TWO – The FAULKNER UNIVERSITY EAGLES, the defending champions of NAIA baseball, came in as the 4th seed. Their opening game opponents were the 5th seeded GEORGETOWN (KY) COLLEGE TIGERS. Faulkner’s bats exploded in the 4th Inning for a 4-0 lead but then went cold as the Tigers tied the game up with 2 runs each in the 7th and 8th Innings. A followup hit by the Eagles at last came in the bottom of the 9th for a 5-4 win. Pitcher Brad Griffis of Faulkner University got the “W”.
DAY ONE – GAME THREE – This game saw the 6th seeded GWINNETT COLLEGE GRIZZLIES battle the 3 seeds – the OKLAHOMA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY EAGLES. Count it as another Instant Classic from yesterday’s action as the score stood at 2-1 in favor of Oklahoma Wesleyan after the 1st Inning, following which top notch defense on the part of both teams prevented any additional runs from being scored! The winning pitcher was Diego Ibarra for the Eagles.
DAY ONE – GAME FOUR – After three games won by the bird kingdom the canine world at last got on the scoreboard as the 10th seeded CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS stunned and crushed the 7th seeded SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN COLLEGE HAWKS. A 3-0 lead in the 1st Inning became 5-0 in the 2nd and 7-0 in the 5th. In the top of the 7th Inning the Hawks finally put up a run but the Bulldogs just shrugged and scored 3 more themselves enroute to a 10-1 triumph! Cumberland’s Jake Collier threw for the win!
* NCAA DIVISION 3 *
DAY ONE – GAME ONE – The UNIVERSITY OF SAINT THOMAS TOMMIES and the defending champions – the LINFIELD COLLEGE WILDCATS – came into the day with identical 37-7 records. You wouldn’t know it by the final results, however as the Tommies took a 5-0 lead in the 1st Inning and followed that up with 5 more runs in the 6th for a TEN to NOTHING smackdown of the champs! UST pitcher Eric Veglahn went all 9 Innings and gave up just two hits!
DAY ONE – GAME TWO – The BALDWIN WALLACE UNIVERSITY YELLOW JACKETS did battle with the EMORY UNIVERSITY EAGLES in this game. The Eagles led 4-2 after the 2nd Inning but the Yellow Jackets tied things up at 4-4 with 2 more runs in the top of the 7th. An additional run in the 8th Inning ended the scoring, leaving Baldwin Wallace University and pitcher Jon Capadona to bask in the 5-4 victory.
DAY ONE – GAME THREE – Next the CORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY RED DRAGONS played an equally nailbiting game with the SALISBURY UNIVERSITY SEA GULLS. A 2-0 Red Dragon lead in the 1st Inning became 4-1 in the 4th. The Sea Gulls got 2 more runs in the top of the 8th to make it a 4-3 game but Cortland State refused to give up any more runs. Pitcher Mark Palumbo got the 4-3 win for the Red Dragons.
DAY ONE – GAME FOUR – The 2013 Runners- Up in D3 baseball – the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MAINE HUSKIES – took on the UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN AT WHITEWATER WARHAWKS to close out the first day of the Series. The Warhawks completely owned the Huskies in this game, notching 3 runs each in the 1st and 2nd Innings for a 6-0 lead on their way to an 8-1 victory. The lone run for Southern Maine came in the bottom of the 9th. Warhawk pitcher Scott Plaza registered the win.