ended their seasons in separate five-team double-elimination opening round brackets for the
Kingsport Bracket (May 10 - 14 | Hunter Wright Stadium - Kingsport, Tenn.)
Sophomore Brandon Alger went the distance to help third-seeded Indiana Tech defeat second-seeded Georgetown (Ky.) 4-2. Alger hurled 135 pitches and had only one difficult innning, the ninth, as he upped his record to 8-2 on the year. Tyler Arthur (10-1) suffered the loss for Georgetown.
Hits: Craig Herrman (IT) 3; Randy Guite (GC) 2
RBIs: Craig Herrman (IT) 2; David Higuera, Brian Smith (GC) 1
Put Outs: Eric Wald (IT) 10; Ryan Serrato (GC) 9
Tennessee Wesleyan 11, Indiana Tech 5 box score
Top-seeded Tennessee Wesleyan steadily built a comfortable lead and coasted to an 11-5 victory over No. 3 seed Indiana Tech. The Bulldogs scored at least one run during the first five innings in building an 11-1 cushion. Tennessee Wesleyan delivered the big blow in the fifth as it pushed six runs across in the frame. Indiana Tech scratched out a run in the bottom of the fifth to make it a nine-run game before making things interesting with a three-run eighth to pull within 11-5. But that was as close as the Warriors could get as the Bulldogs held on for the six-run decision. Josh Culler (9-2) collected the win while Tyler Snoke (8-2) suffered the loss.
Hits: Travis Burnside, Stephan Branca, Thomas Sicking (TWU) 3; Brandon Paletta (IT) 3
RBIs: Anthony Boix, Stephen Branca, Taylor Oldham, Jordan Guida (TWU) 2; Brandon Paletta, Ignatius Mackenzie, Collin DeDucker (IT) 1
Put Outs: Dale Ricketts (TWU) 10; Craig Herrman, Brandon Paletta, Ignatius Mackenzie (IT) 5
The third-seeded Indiana Tech baseball team's season ended at 40-22 following a 6-4 loss to No. 5 seed Saint Francis (Ill.) in an elimination game. The Warriors grabbed the early lead, scoring twice in the top of the first before Eric Wald was thrown out at home on a failed steal attempt. St. Francis scored a run in the bottom of the first to make it 2-1 before posting three in the second for a 4-2 advantage. Jake Owens belted a solo home run in the fourth to tie the game after Craig Herrman scored in the third. It was the closest the Warriors got as they had a second runner gunned down at the plate to end the inning. Michael Chimera (4-2) snagged the win and Corey Schultz had the save as Eric Zagone (8-4) took the loss.
Hits: Craig Herrman (IT) 4; JT Blaine (SF) 4
RBIs: Ignatius Mackenzie (IT) 2; JT Blaine (SF) 2
Put Outs: Eric Wald (IT) 10; Brandon Mendoza (SF) 9
Daytona Bracket (May 10 - 14 | Sliwa Stadium - Daytona Beach, Fla.)
Corey Alexander tossed eight innings of one-run ball as the fifth-seeded Siena Heights baseball team defeated four-seed Southern Polytechnic State (Ga.), 3-1. Brett Howard and Dan Abbottboth brought in a run in the first inning with back-to-back singles. Todd Vandercook drew a bases-loaded walk to push the Saints' lead to 3-0 in the third. Southern Poly scored their only run of the day in the bottom of the third when Deven Thaut singled home courtesy runner Kyle Beech from second. Alexander picked up his eighth win and Jake Kret picked up the save. Josh Means (5-5) was the losing pitcher.
Hits: Cory Lehman (SHU) 3; Several (SPSU) 1
RBIs: Brett Howard, Dan Abott, Todd Vandercook (SHU) 1; Devin Thaut (SPSU) 1
Put Outs: Kendall Wehrle (SPSU) 13; Brett Howard (SHU) 10
SHU dropped a 2-0 contest to No. 8 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) as Daniel Eaton allowed just four hits. ERAU's Ben Kline began the inning with a double to deep left field and was bought home by Ian MacGeorge two batters later. MacGeorge's single to shallow center allowed Kline to race home from second. Jeff Lemon collected the second RBI for ERAU in the eighth when he singled in Tyler Robbins from second. Robbins was hit by a Brett Kuebler pitch in a pinch hit at-bat to start the eighth, then moved to second when Adam Cellini sacrificed himself on a bunt. Eaton did not allow a Saints' player to reach second base until the ninth, and Siena Heights was unable to mount any sort of offense. Eaton (7-5) was the winning pitcher and Kuebler (4-5) was the losing pitcher.
Hits: Jeff Lemon, Ben Kline (ERAU) 2; Kyle Benschoter, Brett Howard, Corey Caldwell, Todd Vandercook (SHU) 1
RBIs: Jeff Lemon, Ian MacGeorge (ERAU) 1
Put Outs: Chris Page (ERAU) 10; Josh White (SHU) 6
Fifth-seeded Siena Heights scored five unanswered runs to earn an elimination-game victory over four-seed Southern Polytechnic State (Ga.), 8-4. The Saints trailed on three different points, but found ways to answer with game-tying scores. Jake Sperry (7-3) picked up the win while Kevin Bibler (4-2) had the loss.
Hits: Josh White, Dan Abott (SHU) 2; Jon White, Charlie Boring, Brandon Roberts (SPSU) 2
RBIs: Cory Lehman, Josh White, Mike Lollo, Dan Abott, Robbie Schwartz, Marcus Stewart (SHU) 1; Jon White (SPSU) 2
Put Outs: Kendall Wehrle (SPSU) 11; Josh White (SHU) 9
The Siena Heights baseball season came to an end at 33-25 as the fifth-seeded Saints dropped a 9-8 contest to two-seed Auburn Montgomery (Ala.). The Saints struck first with runs in the second and third to take a 2-0 lead, but AUM scored three in the fifth to take a 3-2 lead. Siena Heights scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to retake a 5-3 lead, the big blow coming on a Corey Caldwell single through the left side. The next three innings featured three lead changes as AUM scored four in the sixth and one each in the seventh and eighth, while the Saints tallied a trio of runs in the bottom of the seventh. The winning run for AUM came off the bat of Hunter Cross when he doubled down the right field line to bring Brian Wheeler home for the ninth run of the day. Cody Hall (9-3) picked up the win and Tyler Butlin (0-1) suffered the loss.
Hits: Jorden Johnson (AUM) 3; Mike Lollo, Corey Caldwell (SHU) 2
RBIs: Hunter Cross (AUM) 3; Corey Caldwell, Todd Vandercook (SHU) 2
Put Outs: Drew Walker (AUM) 10; Josh White (SHU) 8