COLLEGE BASEBALL: WORLD SERIES ACTION IN THE NAIA, NCAA DIVISIONS TWO AND THREE PLUS THE NJCAA AND CCCAA

* NAIA *

southern polytechnic running hornetsDAY TWO – GAME ONE – The 8th seeded SOUTHERN POLYTECHNIC RUNNING HORNETS faced the 5th seeded GEORGETOWN (KY) COLLEGE TIGERS in the first elimination game of the 2014 World Series. A 1-1 tie in the 3rd Inning became a 3-1 lead for the Running Hornets in the 4th. That grew to a 4-1 advantage in the top of the 6th but the Tigers tied things up at 4-4 in their half of the Inning. Southern Polytechnic added another run in the top of the 7th and rode that to a 5-4 final score. Pitcher Brantley Burton got the win. 

georgia gwinnettDAY TWO – GAME TWO – Up next the 6 seeds – the GEORGIA GWINNETT COLLEGE GRIZZLIES – did battle with the 7th seeded SAN DIEGO CHRISTIAN COLLEGE HAWKS in another elimination game. The Grizzlies notched 2 runs then 4 runs in the 2nd and 3rd Innings respectively to take a 6-0 lead. The Hawks made it a 6-3 game in the 6th then managed just one more run in the 8th as the Grizzlies sent them home after a 6-4 loss. Georgia Gwinnett College’s Alex Roberts threw for 7 Innings and got credit for the victory.

OklahomaBaptist-_Bison_150pDAY TWO – GAME THREE – The top seeded OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY BISON had a Bye on Day One but at last saw action yesterday against the 9 seeds – the TABOR COLLEGE BLUE JAYS. This game for the ages saw the Bison get off to a 1-0 lead in the 2nd Inning while the Blue Jays eventually tied it up at 1-1 in the 5th. Oklahoma Baptist University put up 1 more run each in the 6th and 7th Innings to get a 3-1 win. Pitcher Julian Merryweather went all 9 Innings Iron Man style to get the “W”. 

cumberland-logoDAY TWO – GAME FOUR – Like the Bison the 2nd seeded LEWIS- CLARK STATE WARRIORS had a Bye on Day One and took to the diamond for the first time in the Series yesterday. The 10th seeded CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS shocked the Warriors and the nation as it turned out. After 5 scoreless Innings the Bulldog bats exploded in the 6th for a 5-0 lead then added another run in the 8th. The Warriors were only able to muster 1 run in the bottom of the 9th as Cumberland University improved to 2-0 with a 6-1 triumph. Anthony Gomez threw for all 9 Innings and the win. 

* NCAA DIVISION TWO *

Southern Indiana University Screaming EaglesDAY ONE – GAME ONE – The UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN INDIANA SCREAMING EAGLES and the defending champions – the UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA SPARTANS – got this year’s D2 World Series off to a terrific start with a true Instant Classic. A 1-1 1st Inning tie became a 2-1 Screaming Eagle lead in the 4th but a 3-2 Spartan lead in the 5th. Southern Indiana University tied it up at 3-3 in the 6th Inning and then got the winning run in the top of the 9th. Pitcher Ben Wright got the Iron Man 4-3 win. 

Lander BearcatsDAY ONE – GAME TWO – A true cat-fight followed between the LANDER UNIVERSITY BEARCATS and the CHICO STATE WILDCATS. The first 3 Innings were scoreless but the Bearcats took a 2-0 lead in the 4th. That became a 3-1 lead after 5 Innings but the Wildcats made it a 3-3 tie in the 6th. Chico State went up 4-3 in the top of the 7th but Lander University registered 3 more runs of their own in the bottom of that Inning. That ended the scoring as it turned out. The Bearcats won 6-4 courtesy of pitching from Taylor Alvarez.  

* NCAA DIVISION THREE *

Emory University EaglesDAY TWO – GAME ONE – The EMORY UNIVERSITY EAGLES took on the defending champions of D3 baseball – the LINFIELD COLLEGE WILDCATS – who were trying to bounce back yesterday after getting upset on Day One. The Eagles would have none of it and banged out 3 runs in the 1st Inning and 2 in the 2nd for a quick 5-0 lead. That swelled to a 6-0 lead in the 5th before the Wildcats got on the scoreboard in the 6th to make it a 6-2 ballgame. Emory added another run each in the 7th and 8th Innings while Linfield scored 1 and 2 runs respectively. Pitcher Connor Dillman logged the 8-5 victory for the Eagles.     

southern maine huskiesDAY TWO – GAME TWO – Last year’s runners- up -the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MAINE HUSKIES – fared better in their elimination game than Linfield did. At first, though, the SALISBURY UNIVERSITY SEA GULLS led the Huskies 2-1 in the 2nd Inning. A big 5th Inning saw USM take a 5-2 lead which the Sea Gulls cut to a 5-3 lead with a run in the 8th. The Huskies notched one last run in the top of the 9th for a 6-3 final tally. Credit pitcher Andrew Richards with the win. 

ST THOMAS TOMMIESDAY TWO – GAME THREE – The UNIVERSITY OF SAINT THOMAS TOMMIES played the BALDWIN- WALLACE UNIVERSITY YELLOW JACKETS in this game. The Yellow Jackets got on the board first with a 1-0 2nd Inning lead but the Tommies tied it up at 1-1 in the 3rd. Baldwin- Wallace made it 3-1 in the top of the 5th but St Thomas used the bottom of the Inning to knot it back up at 3-3. The Tommies produced additional runs in the 6th and 7th Innings for a 5-3 edge then limited the Yellow Jackets to just one more run in the top of the 9th to win this nailbiting affair 5-4. Jacob Nelson pitched for the victory. 

Whitewater Warhawks square logoDAY TWO – GAME FOUR – Like UST in the previous game the UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN AT WHITEWATER WARHAWKS improved to 2-0 in this year’s Series. They did it against the CORTLAND STATE RED DRAGONS, who led 2-0 in the 2nd Inning before the Warhawks closed out that Inning with a 3-2 lead. After 4 it was a 5-4 Whitewater advantage which became a 5-5 tie in the 5th. Things stood at 6-6 going into the 7th Inning with the Warhawks scoring 3 runs in the 8th for the eventual 9-6 triumph. UWW’s Colin Grove got the win. 

* NJCAA DIV ONE *

Iowa Western ReiversDAY ONE – GAME ONE – The storied IOWA WESTERN COLLEGE REIVERS got the 2014 World Series started with their game against the COLUMBIA STATE CHARGERS. The Chargers led 2-0 after the 3rd Inning and 5-0 after the 4th before the Reivers made it a 5-4 game in the 5th. That ended the scoring until the 9th when Iowa Western nailed 2 additional runs to win this Instant Classic 6-5. Keenan Breen of the Reivers got credit for the victory. 

Midland College ChaparralsDAY ONE – GAME TWO – This was a clash between the MIDLAND COLLEGE CHAPARRALS and the JOHNSON COUNTY COLLEGE CAVALIERS. The Cavaliers got off to a 2-1 lead in the 1st Inning but that was VERY short- lived. The Chaparrals led 5-2 in the 2nd and 8-3 in the 3rd with another run each in the 6th and 8th Innings on their way to a 10-5 victory. The Cavs added a run in the 7th and 8th to get their 5. Brandon Courville went 7 Innings for the Midland College win. 

Blinn College BuccaneersDAY ONE – GAME THREE – The BLINN COLLEGE BUCCANEERS squared off against the COCHISE COLLEGE APACHES. The Buccaneers converted a 2-0 1st Inning edge into a 4-0 lead in the top of the 4th. The Apaches made it a 4-3 battle to close out that Inning. From there Blinn College added runs in the 5th, 7th and 8th while Cochise College managed just 1 more in the 9th for a final score of Buccaneers 7  Apaches 4. Blinn’s Robbie Dickey threw for the win. 

Chattahoochee Valley College PiratesDAY ONE – GAME FOUR – Closing out the opening day was the ballgame between the CHATTAHOOCHEE VALLEY COLLEGE PIRATES and the DELGADO COLLEGE DOLPHINS. Bats were hot early as the Pirates seized a 3-0 1st Inning lead but the Dolphins responded with 3 runs of their own for a 3-3 tie after 2. Chattahoochee Valley moved ahead 4-3 in the 3rd Inning but Delgado College made it a 4-4 tie in the 5th. The Dolphins took their first lead of the game with 2 more runs in the top of the 8th but 4 runs for the Pirates put them back in front 8-6, which went on to be the final score. Chris Brown was awarded the win for the Pirates. 

* NJCAA DIV TWO *

Madison College WolfpackDAY ONE – GAME ONE – The MADISON COLLEGE WOLFPACK pretty much had their way with the WESTCHESTER COLLEGE VIKINGS yesterday. The Wolfpack led 2-0 in the 1st Inning and 5-0 in the 3rd before the Vikings finally registered their first run in the 5th. Madison College exploded again for 5 more runs in the 6th and 1 final run in the 7th enroute to an ELEVEN to THREE conquest. Corey Fischer of the Wolfpack picked up the win. 

Southeastern (IA) College BlackhawksDAY ONE – GAME TWO – The SOUTHEASTERN (IA) COLLEGE BLACKHAWKS and the NORTHERN OKLAHOMA COLLEGE JETS provided a much closer game next. The Jets drove in a run in the 1st Inning for a 1-0 lead which held up until the 4th when the Blackhawks knotted the score at 1-1. Regulation ended with that same score, leading to a 10th Inning in which Northern Oklahoma made it 2-1 but in the bottom of that extra frame Southeastern (IA) College bashed in 2 runs for the win! The credit went to Blackhawks pitcher Tanner Giesel. 

Vincennes University TrailblazersDAY ONE – GAME THREE – In this clash the VINCENNES UNIVERSITY TRAILBLAZERS dominated the MESA COLLEGE THUNDERBIRDS. The Trailblazers kept the Thunderbirds off the scoreboard while putting up 1, 4 and 1 runs in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Innings respectively. Mesa College made it a 6-2 game in the 5th but the relentless Vincennes bats expanded their lead to 9-3 by the end of 8. The Thunderbirds mustered just 1 more run in the 9th, making it a 9-4 final score. The Trailblazers’ Ryan Cheek got the win.  

Hinds College Eagles logoDAY ONE – GAME FOUR – The LINCOLN LAND COLLEGE LOGGERS battled the HINDS COLLEGE EAGLES to close out Day One. The Loggers managed a 2-0 lead in the 1st Inning and 4-0 in the top of the 3rd before the Eagles made it 4-2 in the bottom of that frame. A 6-2 4th Inning advantage for Lincoln Land College turned into a 9-6 Hinds College lead headed into the 5th. The Loggers tied things up at 9-9 in that Inning before the Eagles made it 12-9 in the 6th. Each team added 2 more runs the rest of the way for a 14-11 victory for Hinds. Eagles pitcher Casey Sutton claimed the game. 

* NJCAA DIV THREE *

Northern Essex KnightsDAY ONE – GAME ONE – Opening up the 2014 World Series in this division was the game between the HERKIMER COLLEGE GENERALS and the NORTHERN ESSEX COLLEGE KNIGHTS. The Generals led 4-3 after a VERY hard- slugging 1st Inning, and improved that to a 5-3 lead in the 3rd. Neither team scored again until the 6th when the Knights tied things up 5-5. Northern Essex seized a 6-5 lead in the 7th and then added 2 more runs in the 9th to win by a final tally of 8-5. Zachary Beckwith pitched for the win. 

Tyler ApachesDAY ONE – GAME TWO – The TYLER COLLEGE APACHES grappled with the SUFFOLK COLLEGE SHARKS in Game Two. The Sharks led 1-0 in the 1st Inning but the Apaches made it a 2-2 tied by the end of the 2nd. Suffolk eked out a 3-2 lead in the top of the 5th only to see Tyler College slip past them in the 7th for a 4-3 lead. The Apaches added a run in the 8th and the Sharks added one in the 9th for a final score of 5-4 in this epic of the diamond. Kevin Williams was the winning pitcher for Tyler College. 

Saint Cloud Tech CyclonesDAY ONE – GAME THREE – An absolute orgy of offense followed as the SAINT CLOUD TECH CYCLONES took on the PRINCE GEORGE’S COLLEGE OWLS. A 3-0 lead for the Cyclones in the 2nd Inning became a 6-4 advantage for the Owls after the 3rd and the shootout was well and truly on! When all was said and done St Cloud Tech walked away with a win by a final score of EIGHTEEN to ELEVEN! Grant Chapa for the Cyclones was awarded the win. 

Cumberland County College DukesDAY ONE – GAME FOUR – The CUMBERLAND COLLEGE DUKES and the WAUBONSEE COLLEGE CHIEFS took the diamond to bring down the curtain on Day One. This game was all Dukes as Cumberland County College shut out the Chiefs while simultaneously putting up 1 run each in the 2nd, 3rd and 8th Innings and 2 runs each in the 6th and 9th. The final tally was 7-0 in favor of the Dukes. Iron Man Josh O’Neill hurled for all 9 Innings for Cumberland County College.  

* CCCAA *

san joaquin delta college mustangs logoDAY ONE – GAME ONE – The SAN JOAQUIN DELTA COLLEGE MUSTANGS and the OXNARD COLLEGE CONDORS squared off in this game. The Mustangs led 2-0 in the 2nd Inning and 3-2 in the 3rd before the Condors seized a 4-3 edge in the 4th. That remained the score until San Joaquin Delta College smashed in 2 more runs in the bottom of the 7th and rode them to a 5-4 victory. Sam Held pitched for the win for the Mustangs. 

Orange Coast College letter logoDAY ONE  – GAME TWO – This game pitted the ORANGE COAST COLLEGE PIRATES against the COLLEGE OF THE SEQUOIAS GIANTS. A 1-0 lead for the Pirates in the 1st Inning became a 1-1 tie in the 2nd. That in turn became a 2-1 3rd Inning OCC advantage which remained the score until the Pirates added another run in the bottom of the 8th. The Giants left 5 runners stranded on base. Art Vidro was the winning pitcher.    

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  1. Awesome! Especially Georgia Gwinnett College!

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