POOL PLAY: DAY ONE
The 3 seeds – the WARNER UNIVERSITY ROYALS – won a pair of games yesterday. In Game One the Royals faced the 6th seeded TRINITY CHRISTIAN COLLEGE TROLLS. A 3-3 tie in the 5th Inning became a 7-4 Royals lead in the 7th and ultimately a 9-6 victory for Warner University Pitcher Andres Fernandez.
Game Six saw the Royals clash with the 10 seeds – the RANDALL UNIVERSITY SAINTS. Warner U limited the Saints to just 3 Runs and all of those came in the 6th Inning. The Royals peppered the scoreboard with Runs of their own throughout the game, slaughtering Randall University 14-3 behind Pitcher Jaryd Clary.
The 2nd seeded BLUEFIELD COLLEGE RAMBLING RAMS likewise went 2-0 in Pool Play on Wednesday. In Game Four the Rambling Rams battled the 7 seeds – the COLLEGE OF THE OZARKS BOBCATS. The 9th Inning ended with the teams deadlocked at 5-5. Neither team scored in the 10th but in the 11th Bluefield College edged the Bobcats 6-5. Kody Gardere threw for the win.
In Game Eight the Rambling Rams faced the 6th seeded TRINITY CHRISTIAN COLLEGE TROLLS. Bluefield converted a 3-1 advantage in the 3rd Inning into a 13-4 blowout triumph over the hapless Trolls. Alex Perkins was on the Mound for 9 Iron Man Innings for the victors.
The top seeds – the SOUTHWESTERN CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY EAGLES – played Game Three against the 8th seeded TOCCOA FALLS COLLEGE EAGLES. This case of Eagle on Eagle violence was tied up at 4-4 by the 5th Inning before Southwestern Christian University won it 6-5. Pitching for the W was Stephen Pagendarm.
Game Seven pitted the Eagles against the 5 seeds – the CONCORDIA (MI) UNIVERSITY CARDINALS – in another game that was strictly for the birds. After 5 scoreless Innings SCU notched Runs in every remaining Inning of the game. The Cardinals could muster just one Run each in the 7th and 9th Innings, losing to the Eagles 6-2. Jose Perez threw for the win.
The 9th seeded ECCLESIA COLLEGE ROYALS took the diamond against the 4 seeds – the HIWASSEE COLLEGE TIGERS – in Game Five. Neither team scored in the first 2 Innings and the 3rd ended in a 1-1 tie.
The Royals went on top 4-1 in the 4th Inning but the Tigers knotted things up again at 4-4 in the Fifth. Ecclesia College added another Run in the 6th Inning and 2 more in the 8th, then rode them to a 7-5 victory. Weston Chadwell pitched for the Save.
The 5 seeds – the CONCORDIA (MI) UNIVERSITY CARDINALS – played Game Two against the 4th seeded HIWASSEE COLLEGE TIGERS. A 1-1 2nd Inning tie became a 5-1 Cardinals lead in the 4th.
The Tigers pulled to within 5-4 in the 7th Inning then made it a 6-6 game in the 8th. Concordia University knocked in a Run in the 9th to defeat Hiwassee College 7-6 behind Pitcher Alex Phillips.
DAY TWO WILL ALSO CONSIST OF POOL PLAY