Five more tickets punched to the NAIA National Tournament.
RIVER STATES CONFERENCE
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: The last 2 teams standing in this Conference Tournament were the 4 seeds – the UNIVERSITY OF RIO GRANDE (OH) RED STORM – and the 3rd seeded INDIANA UNIVERSITY AT KOKOMO COUGARS. When the Cougars grabbed a 6-1 lead in the 1st Inning few could have guessed this game would last TWELVE INNINGS.
The Red Storm kept IU-Kokomo off the scoreboard for the entire rest of the game while adding Runs in the 3rd, 5th, 7th, 8th and 9th Innings for a 6-6 tie. Neither team scored in the 10th or 11th but Rio Grande emerged with a 7-6 victory in the 12th. Zach Harvey pitched for the win. * THE RED STORM ARE CHAMPIONS OF THE RSC TOURNAMENT *
THE SUN CONFERENCE
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: The Cinderella 6th seeded THOMAS UNIVERSITY NIGHT HAWKS remained THE story of the Sun Conference tourney as they battled the 3 seeds – the WEBBER INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY WARRIORS – for the title.
A 1-0 Night Hawks edge in the 2nd Inning became a 1-1 tie in the 4th. Thomas University drove in 3 more Runs in the 5th Inning to take a 4-1 advantage and rode 3 more in the 7th to a 7-1 triumph. Chance Carter was the winning Pitcher. * THE NIGHT HAWKS ARE CHAMPIONS OF THE SUN CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT *
SOUTHERN STATES ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: The top seeds – the FAULKNER UNIVERSITY EAGLES – took the diamond against the 3rd seeded UNIVERSITY OF MOBILE RAMS (should be the Ramrods). The Rams led 3-0 in the opening Inning but the Eagles cut that to a 3-2 edge in the 2nd.
In the 5th Inning Faulkner University knotted things up 3-3 before going on top 6-4 in the 6th. An additional Run for the Eagles in the 7th Inning gave them a 7-4 victory for Pitcher Alex Carrillo. * THE EAGLES ARE CHAMPIONS OF THE SSAC TOURNAMENT *
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: The 3rd seeded CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY TIGERS squared off against the 4 seeds – the CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY PHOENIX. The first 4 Innings were a Pitcher’s Duel with neither team getting on the scoreboard.
The Phoenix went up 1-0 in the 5th Inning but the Tigers seized a 2-1 edge in the 7th. Campbellsville University notched a pair of runs in the 8th Inning and rode them to a 4-1 triumph. Gage O’Brien pitched for the Save. * THE TIGERS ARE CHAMPIONS OF THE MSC TOURNAMENT. *
AMERICAN MIDWEST CONFERENCE
CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: The top seeds – the FREED-HARDEMAN UNIVERSITY LIONS – clashed with the 3rd seeded COLUMBIA (MO) COLLEGE COUGARS for this conference crown. A 1-1 2nd Inning tie turned into a 3-1 Cougars lead in the 4th.
The Lions took a 6-4 advantage in the 5th Inning and parlayed that into an 11-4 lead by the 8th. Columbia College could only muster 2 more runs in the 9th as Freed-Hardeman University won the game 11-6. Pitcher Landon Sewell picked up the Save. * THE LIONS ARE CHAMPIONS OF THE AMC TOURNAMENT *