*** NCCAA ***
DAY FOUR, FIRST SEMIFINAL: The top seeds – the OKLAHOMA BAPTIST UNIVERSITY BISON – did battle with the 2nd seeded EMMANUEL COLLEGE LIONS. The Lions managed a 1-0 1st Inning lead but the Bison knotted things up at 1-1 in the 2nd. After a scoreless 3rd Inning the 4th saw Oklahoma Baptist University take a comfortable 5-1 advantage. That turned into a 7-1 lead in the 5th enroute to a 9-2 smackdown win for the Bison and Pitcher Carson McPherson.
DAY FOUR, SECOND SEMIFINAL: The two teams fighting for the other berth in the title game were the 5th seeded CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY TIGERS and the 6 seeds – the SOUTHWESTERN CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY EAGLES. Neither team scored in the 1st Inning but in the 2nd the Tigers eked out a 1-0 edge. It was a Pitcher’s Duel for awhile from there, but the 6th Inning saw the Eagles climb on top 3-1. Cambellsville University pulled to within 3-2 in the top of the 8th but in their at-bat Southwestern Christian University made it a 4-2 game. In the 9th Inning the Tigers drove in 3 more runs for a 5-4 victory. Nick “Mister” Przybylek threw for the win.
*** NAIA ***
DAY TWO, GAME ONE: The 7 seeds – the UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND ARTS OF OKLAHOMA DROVERS – started Day Two against the 3rd seeded OKLAHOMA WESLYAN UNIVERSITY EAGLES. The Drovers seized a quick 3-0 advantage in the 1st Inning but neither team scored again until the 6th. In that frame the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma extended their lead to 8-0. The Eagles didn’t even get on the board until the 9th Inning when they mustered just a pair of runs, falling to the Drovers by a count of 8-2. Jose Hidalgo was the winning Pitcher.
DAY TWO, GAME TWO: Up next the 4th seeded KEISER UNIVERSITY SEAHAWKS took the diamond against the 8 seeds – the HOPE INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY ROYALS. Like Game One this was an elimination game and the Seahawks set about calmly and deliberately dispatching the Royals. Keiser University led 1-0 in the 1st Inning, 4-1 in the 3rd and 5-1 in the 4th on their way to an 8-5 victory. Keivan Berges was on the mound for the Seahawks.
DAY TWO, GAME THREE: This game pitted the 2 seeds – the FAULKNER UNIVERSITY EAGLES (should be the Furies) – against the 10th seeded giant-killers from Day One, THE MASTER’S UNIVERSITY MUSTANGS. The Eagles knew better than to underestimate the Mustangs and by the 3rd Inning had built up a 7-0 advantage. That was cut to 7-2 in the 4th Inning but exploded to 11-2 in the 5th. From there Faulkner University coasted to a THIRTEEN to FIVE triumph behind Pitcher Ivan Pelaez.
DAY TWO, GAME FOUR: Closing out the second day for the NAIA were the top seeded OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY STARS and the 9 seeds – the WILLIAM CAREY UNIVERSITY CRUSADERS. After a scoreless 1st Inning the Crusaders went up 2-0 in the 2nd. They still led 3-1 in the 3rd Inning but in the 4th the Stars climbed on top 5-3 and shut out William Carey University from there. In the end Oklahoma City University grabbed an 8-3 victory. Matt Young pitched for 9 Iron Man Innings for the Stars.
*** NCAA DIVISION TWO ***
DAY ONE, GAME ONE: The WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY GOLDEN RAMS squared off against the UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GEORGIA NIGHTHAWKS to start the D2 College World Series for 2017. Neither team scored until the 2nd Inning, when the Nighthawks notched a 3-0 lead. The Golden Rams responded by taking a 4-3 edge in the 3rd then clamping down defensively. West Chester University added 5 runs in the 7th Inning and rode them to a 9-4 win for Pitcher Jon Fisher.
DAY ONE, GAME TWO: Wrapping things up for the first day’s action was a clash between the LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY LIONS and the DELTA STATE STATESMEN. The Lions gradually pulled away from the Statesmen, leading by scores of 1-0 in the 1st Inning, 2-0 in the 2nd and 4-0 in the 3rd. Lindenwood University managed a shutout and when the dust settled they emerged with a 4-0 victory. Pitcher Brendan Feldmann picked up the W.
*** NCAA DIVISION THREE ***
DAY TWO, GAME ONE: The 4th seeded CONCORDIA (Chicago) COUGARS did battle with the top seeds – the OSWEGO STATE LAKERS. The Cougars put the Lakers on notice with a 2-0 1st Inning lead and by the time it was 7-1 in the 4th Oswego State was very worried. Concordia (Chicago) coasted to a 9-4 win from there to send the disappointing top seeds home! Cody Caballero was the triumphant Pitcher.
DAY TWO, GAME TWO: This game saw the 2 seeds – the UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AT BOSTON BEACONS – take on the 6th seeded WHEATON (MA) COLLEGE LYONS (sic). The Lyons grabbed a 1-0 edge in the 1st Inning but the Beacons knotted things up at 1-1 in the 2nd. The 3rd and 4th Innings repeated the pattern and ended in a 2-2 deadlock. In the 8th UMass-Boston drove in what turned out to be the winning run as they took the game 3-2. Dan Montoni was on the mound for the Beacons.
DAY TWO, GAME THREE: Up next the 5th seeded WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON COLLEGE PRESIDENTS faced the 8 seeds – the ROANOKE COLLEGE MAROONS. After a scoreless 1st Inning the Maroons went up 1-0 in the 2nd. After that the Presidents vetoed their chances, shutting Roanoke College out the rest of the way while hammering in runs in the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Innings for an ELEVEN to ONE beatdown. Washington & Jefferson College’s Riley Groves threw for the win.
DAY TWO, GAME FOUR: Closing out Day Two was this game between the 3 seeds – the CALIFORNIA LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY KINGSMEN – and the 7th seeded NORTH CENTRAL COLLEGE CARDINALS. By the 3rd Inning the Kingsmen held a 5-1 advantage but the Cardinals cut that to a 7-4 lead in the 4th. The 7th Inning saw Cal Lutheran University drive in 4 more runs, setting up a FOURTEEN to FIVE rout of North Central College. Nate Wehner was the winning Pitcher.