* NAIA *
DAY THREE – GAME ONE – The 2nd seeded LEWIS- CLARK STATE WARRIORS did battle with the 8th seeded SOUTHERN POLYTECHNIC RUNNING HORNETS in an elimination game. The Running Hornets got off to a 1-0 lead in the 1st Inning with their only run of the entire game. The Warriors tied it up 1-1 in the 3rd Inning and took a 2-1 lead in the 6th. From there Lewis- Clark State’s bats caught fire and slammed in 2, 3 and 2 runs in the 7th, 8th and 9th Innings, respectively, for a 9-1 drubbing. Warriors pitcher Gunnar Swanson got the win.
DAY THREE – GAME TWO – The 9th seeded TABOR COLLEGE BLUE JAYS set out to upset the 6 seeds – the GEORGIA GWINNETT COLLEGE GRIZZLIES – in their elimination game. The Grizzlies held a 1-0 lead from the 1st Inning all the way to the bottom of the 5th when the Blue Jays rang up 4 runs to take the lead. Georgia Gwinnett made it a 4-4 tie in the 6th Inning and seized a 5-4 lead in the 8th only to see Tabor College drive in 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th for a 6-5 triumph. Russell Longworth of the Blue Jays was awarded the win.
DAY THREE – GAME THREE – Next came a confrontation between the top seeded OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY BISON and the defending champions of NAIA baseball – the 4th seeded FAULKNER UNIVERSITY EAGLES. The Eagles got on top early with 2 runs in the 1st Inning with the Bison making it a 2-1 game in the 2nd. In the 6th Oklahoma Baptist tied things up at 2-2 and then exploded for 5 runs in the bottom of the 8th Inning enroute to a 7-2 win. Jinny Parra threw for the OBU victory.
DAY THREE – GAME FOUR – Closing out Day Three was a 1o Inning game pitting the 10th seeded CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY BULLDOGS against the 3rd seeded OKLAHOMA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY EAGLES. The Eagles tried to take charge early with a 3-0 1st Inning lead but the Bulldogs went up 5-3 with a huge 3rd Inning. OWU tried to quash all that with a huge 4th Inning and a 7-5 edge. Cumberland picked up a run each in the 6th and 8th for a 7-7 tie to set up extra Innings. In the 10th the Bulldogs got an 8th run for the win! Clint Meadows turned in an Iron Man performance on the mound for the Bulldogs!
* NCAA DIVISION TWO *
DAY THREE – GAME ONE – The UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA SPARTANS – the defending champions of D2 baseball – took on the CHICO STATE WILDCATS in this elimination game. Baseballs were practically flying out of the stadium in this game and the Spartans led 4-2 after just 1 Inning of play. Tampa added 2 more runs in the 2nd Inning plus 1 more each in the 3rd and 4th. After the 5th it was a 10-4 game, which the Wildcats made 10-6 in the 6th Inning. The Spartans kept the Wildcats scoreless after that while adding 4 more runs to win the 14-6 smackdown. Tampa’s Trey Oest got the W.
DAY THREE – GAME TWO – The UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN INDIANA SCREAMING EAGLES faced the LANDER UNIVERSITY BEARCATS to close out yesterday’s D2 action. Neither team scored until the 3rd Inning when the Screaming Eagles took a 1-0 lead which grew to 5-0 in the 4th. The Bearcats had a huge 5th Inning to cut it to a 5-4 contest. From there each team put up 1 more run each for a 6-5 win for Southern Indiana. Jonathon Wandling won the elimination game for the Screaming Eagles.
* NCAA DIVISION THREE *
DAY FOUR – The EMORY UNIVERSITY EAGLES had to fight through two elimination games yesterday for the privilege of facing Wisconsin- Whitewater in Tuesday’s championship game. GAME ONE saw the Eagles completely dismantle last year’s runners- up in D3 baseball – the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MAINE HUSKIES. Emory crushed USM in a FIFTEEN to THREE embarrassment. Paul Merolla picked up the win. ### GAME TWO pitted the Eagles against the UNIVERSITY OF SAINT THOMAS TOMMIES. The Tommies were in charge early, leading 3-0 in the 1st Inning and 4-2 in the 2nd. In the 4th Inning Emory tied things up at 4-4 then took a 10-4 lead in the top of the 7th. The Tommies pulled to within 10-7 in the 7th and 8th then got shutout in the 9th. Ben Hinojosa got the 10-7 win for Emory.
* NJCAA DIV ONE *
DAY THREE – GAME ONE – The MIAMI- DADE COLLEGE SHARKS took on the SPARTANBURG METHODIST COLLEGE PIONEERS to start things off yesterday. The Sharks put up a run each in the 1st, 2nd and 5th Innings for a 3-0 lead. The Pioneers made that a 5-2 game in the 6th and each team scored their final runs in the 8th for a final score of Sharks 8 Pioneers 3. Miami- Dade College’s Kyle Carter pitched all 9 Innings for the win.
DAY THREE – GAME TWO – This was a TWELVE INNING marathon between the COLUMBIA STATE CHARGERS and the COCHISE COLLEGE APACHES. The Chargers seemed to have things well in hand with 3 runs each in the first 2 Innings for a 6-0 lead. The Apaches refused to go away and made it a 7-2 game in the 5th Inning before cutting it to an 8-7 Columbia State edge in the 6th. The Chargers led 9-7 after the 7th but Cochise College tied it up at 9-9 in the 9th. Inning number 1o ended in an 11-11 tie and in the 12th Columbia State finally won the elimination game 12-11. Andrew Barkley snagged the victory.
DAY THREE – GAME THREE – The BLINN COLLEGE BUCCANEERS faced the CHATTAHOOCHEE VALLEY COLLEGE PIRATES in a duel of swashbuckler- themed teams. After a scoreless 1st Inning the 2nd ended in a 1-1 tie. That became a 2-2 tie in the 3rd Inning before the Buccaneers plundered a 4-2 lead in the 6th. The Pirates were shut out the rest of the way, leaving 9 men stranded on base while Blinn College exploded for 6 runs in the 8th Inning to establish the final score of 10-2. Christian Thames was the triumphant pitcher.
DAY THREE – GAME FOUR – Wrapping up Day Three in this division was a clash between the IOWA WESTERN COLLEGE REIVERS and the MIDLAND COLLEGE CHAPARRALS. The Reivers banged out a 3-0 lead in the 1st Inning and made it 6-0 in the 2nd on their way to a dominant 9-0 performance. The Chaparrals left 4 runners stranded. For Iowa Western College Erik Swanson pitched the entire game.
* NJCAA DIV TWO *
DAY THREE – GAME ONE – The VINCENNES UNIVERSITY TRAILBLAZERS did battle with the HINDS COLLEGE EAGLES to start NJCAA2 action for the day. The Eagles led 5-2 by the 3rd Inning but the Trailblazers made it a 5-5 tie in the 4th. That became an 8-5 Vincennes lead in the 5th Inning but Hinds College put up another run in the 6th and 4 more in the 8th for the eventual 10-8 victory. Pitcher Keller Bradford threw for the win.
DAY THREE – GAME TWO – Next up was an elimination game between the MESA COLLEGE THUNDERBIRDS and the NORTHERN OKLAHOMA COLLEGE JETS. A 2-0 1st Inning lead for the Thunderbirds became a 3-1 advantage in the 4th. That morphed into a 5-5 tie by the 7th Inning but a huge 8th Inning for Mesa College saw them drive in 5 more runs. The final score was Thunderbirds 10 Jets 7. Ryan Chen was the victorious pitcher.
DAY THREE – GAME THREE – The MADISON COLLEGE WOLFPACK and the SOUTHEASTERN (IA) COLLEGE BLACKHAWKS brought Day Three to a close. A 1-0 lead for the Wolfpack in the 1st Inning stayed static until they made it a 4-0 lead in the 6th. The Blackhawks gave up 1 more run each in the 7th and 8th Innings, resulting in the 6-0 final tally. Pitcher Nathan Hoffman got the win for Madison College.
* NJCAA DIV THREE *
DAY THREE – GAME ONE – In this first of two elimination games to start NJCAA3 play yesterday the WAUBONSEE COLLEGE CHIEFS took the diamond against the NORTHERN ESSEX COLLEGE KNIGHTS. The Chiefs notched a 2-0 lead in the 2nd Inning with no change to that score until they added 2 more runs in the top of the 7th. The Knights scored a run in the bottom of that Inning but no other runs came in for either team, making the final score 4-1. Chiefs Pitcher Tom Colletti went all 9 Iron Man Innings.
DAY THREE – GAME TWO – The HERKIMER COLLEGE GENERALS and the SAINT CLOUD TECH CYCLONES faced each other in the second elimination game. The Generals’ bats were on fire and they scored 2, 2, 4 and 1 run respectively in the first 4 Innings. The Cyclones mustered just 1 run in the top of the 7th as Herkimer College won the game 9-1. Ben Moxley showed his moxie as the pitcher for the Generals.
DAY THREE – GAME THREE – Bringing an end to all the baseball action for the day yesterday was the battle between the TYLER COLLEGE APACHES and the CUMBERLAND COUNTY COLLEGE DUKES. This Instant Classic started with a 1-1 tie in the 1st Inning and a 2-1 lead for the Apaches in the 2nd. The pitchers then ruled the game until the 7th Inning when Tyler put up 4 more runs to the 3 slammed in by the Dukes. Cumberland added another run in the 8th but got shut out in the 9th giving the Apaches the 6-5 win. Cody Brown got credit for the victory.
* CCCAA *
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME – The ORANGE COAST COLLEGE PIRATES took on the SAN JOAQUIN DELTA COLLEGE MUSTANGS for the CCCAA title. The Mustangs were rolling at the start and led 1-0 after the 1st Inning and 3-0 after the 2nd. The Pirates made it a 3-2 game in the 3rd Inning before taking a 4-3 lead in the 5th. Orange Coast College added a final run in the top of the 7th and rode that ball all the way to a final score of 5-3. OCC’s David Hill was the winning pitcher. * CONGRATULATIONS TO THE PIRATES, THE 2014 CHAMPIONS OF CCCAA BASEBALL! *