May 25, 2019

D-III World Series field is set

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The Babson Beavers will be making their first appearance
in the D-III World Series joining Birmingham-Southern as
championship round rookies.

Babson athletics photo by Jon Endre

Babson, Heidelberg, Washington & Jefferson punched their ticket early in the day with Johns Hopkins and Webster joining shortly after. Birmingham-Southern, Chapman, and Webster earned spots and all saw UMass-Boston win an if needed game to advance. Babson and Birmingham-Southern are making the trip for the first time in program history while Chapman will be making their 11th trip to the championship round.

For the fourth time in program history and first time since 2015, No. 18 Webster is headed to the NCAA Division III World Series as the Gorloks pounded out a season high 22 hits and scored 17 runs in posting a 17-5 win over No. 2 Concordia-Chicago to sweep the NCAA Midwest Super Regional best-of-three series at CUC Cougar Field. With the victory, Webster heads to next week's Division III World Series in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, riding a three-game win streak, that includes taking two games in the Super Regional against the Cougars, who were looking to advance to the World Series for the third consecutive season. In Saturday's win over the Cougars, Webster scored runs in all but the ninth inning, including plating six runs in the seventh inning to turn a 10-5 contest into a 16-5 runaway. The two teams each scored a run in the eighth to complete the game's scoring. Saturday's game featured a combined 33 hits, 23 runs, eight extra base hits, six hit batters, five walks and a combined 20 runners left on base. The Gorloks had five of those eight extra base hits and were hit by four pitches and drew five walks from a combined seven CUC pitchers. The 22 hits by Webster were the most in a game since recording 23 hits last season against Blackburn, while the 17 runs were the most runs ever scored in an NCAA Tournament by the Gorloks as the previous high was 14 runs in a 14-13 win over Augustana (Ill.) in the 2008 Central Regional Tournament in Moline, Ill.

Johns Hopkins punched a ticket to the College World Series in Cedar Rapids, Iowa as the Blue Jays defeated Shenandoah, 7-3, to sweep the best-of-three series. Mike Eberle went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and now ranks tied for second on the team with 44 RBIs this season. Nate Davis also went 2-for-5 in the game and is third on the team in batting as he is hitting .331 this season. AJ King also got two hits in the game for Hopkins. Sean McCracken went the first 4.1 for JHU allowing five hits and three runs. He walked two and struck out one. Preston Betz came in for the games final 4.2 and gave up just one single and a walk. He struck out five in the game to bring his season total to 39 and his career total to 148.

Seniors Eric Jaun and Brian McHale each drove in a run as No. 7 Babson defeated No. 19 Cortland, 2-1, to sweep the NCAA Tournament Super Regional best-of-three series at Govoni Field. With the win, Babson advances to the Division III College World Series for the first time in program history, while Cortland sees its season come to close. The Beavers will begin play in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Friday, May 31. Junior Matthew Valente went 3-for-4 with a run scored, while Jaun and fellow seniors Connor Gill and Nicholas Browne all finished with three hits apiece for the Beavers. Senior Michael Genaro gave up just one unearned run on four hits in 7.0 innings to improve to 8-3 with the win, while classmate Max Tannenbaum recorded his seventh save of the year.

No. 15 Birmingham-Southern won the super regional series and clinched a spot in the 2019 NCAA Division III World Series with an 11-2 win over No. 17 Coe. The win marks BSC's first ever super regional title and the program's first ever appearance in the World Series. After coming from behind to win in extra innings on Friday night, the Panthers made sure to leave no doubt in Saturday's game. Despite having just three more hits than the Kohawks, the Panthers capitalized in situations with runners on base, leaving just four stranded for the entire game. BSC scored a run in the third and three more in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead heading into the final half of the game. BSC's offensive production exploded even further with six more runs in the fifth inning and their 11th and final run of the game for good measure in the sixth inning.

Saturday's contest marked the Beacons senior class'
eighth title in program history. The Beacons have won two
LEC regular season titles (2016 and 2018), three LEC
tournament titles (2017-2019), two regional titles
(2017 and 2019) and one super regional (2019).

UMass-Boston athletics photo

No. 23 UMass Boston rebounded from their first loss of the postseason, to earn a 6-2 win over New England College, to punch their ticket to the 2019 College World Series. UMass Boston jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two and never trailed in the winner-take-all, Super Regional Game 3. With the victory, UMass Boston will travel to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to play in the eight-team Division III College World Series. New England College sees their best season in program history come to a close. UMass Boston senior shortstop Charlie Huegi was named the Most Outstanding Player of the two-day tournament. He finished the three-game series 4-9 with one run, two doubles and six RBI. He also added six assists, five putouts and one double play. In the first game today, New England College scored two runs, with two outs in the bottom of the eight inning, to stun the Beacons and force a third game. In the final of three games, UMass Boston scored five runs in the first four innings and rode the strong right arms of Dylan Fashempour, Tylor Arruda and Bobby Tramondozzi all the way to Iowa.

Washington & Jefferson held off host Misericordia for a 5-4 victory to secure the NCAA Division III South Super Regional Championship. With the series victory over the Cougars, W&J earns a spot in next week's NCAA Division III College World Series. The win is the ninth straight for the Presidents. The victory helps W&J keep intact its perfect 8-0 record during the 2019 postseason. This will mark W&J's second appearance in the College World Series. The Presidents finished as the national runner-up in 2017. The Presidents put up three runs in the top of first inning and picked up a wire-to-wire victory in a matchup of perennial NCAA qualifiers. W&J recorded four consecutive singles to begin the game. With Dante Dalesandro on third and Mullen Socha on first, James Artale singled to left to plate Dalesandro. The next at-bat, Adam Moore scored Socha. Spencer Howell drove in the final run with a sac fly to right.

For the second time in program history, Heidelberg is headed to the NCAA Division III World Series. The Student Princes, up 4-1 through seven, used a 10-run eighth inning to cruise to a 14-1 victory over Wooster. With the win, Heidelberg emerged from the Mideast Super Regional and will head to the eight-team World Series. The event, being held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for the first time, will run from May 31-June 5. "It's a great day to be a Student Prince," Heidelberg Head Coach Chad Fitzgerald said in his postgame news conference. "I'm just so proud of the guys and the hard work they've put in."

Heidelberg (35-13) opened the scoring in the bottom of the first as Kane Bateman doubled off the wall in right then scored on a single up the middle by Kyle Jenkins. Wooster answered in the second but it was the only run allowed by Heidelberg starter Trevor Adkins and the 'Berg staff all day. It wasn't long before the Student Princes were back on top. Eric Devore smashed a two-run homer to left center in the bottom of the second and Parker Fronk added  a two-out single that drove in the fifth. In the eighth the Student Priinces looked to add an insurance run and they did. In a big way. In total, the bottom of the eighth featured 10 runs on 10 hits. Closer Joey Wenning got the ball in the ninth. In the non-save situation, Wenning hit a pair of batters but worked a scoreless frame. Matt Psychas caught the final out in left field, touching off a joyous celebration at a frenzied Peaceful Valley. "It was an awesome atmosphere down here … It's what college baseball is all about," said Fitzgerald.

With their second walk-off win the past three games, Chapman is headed to the NCAA Division III College World Series in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Panthers defeated Concordia (Texas) 3-2 in thrilling fashion to punch their ticket to the World Series. Chapman struck first in the bottom of the third when senior Jarod Penniman scored on a wild pitch. The Panthers added one more run in the sixth on another wild pitch to take a two-run lead. The Tornados rallied in the eighth, scoring two runs on a bases-loaded walk and an RBI bunt to even the score heading into the bottom half of the inning. A couple of flyouts and a groundout from the Panthers brought sophomore Nick Garcia back out to the mound in the top of the ninth. Garcia retired the side to bring junior Kevin Gregersen up to the plate in the bottom of the ninth. The designated hitter drew a walk to put the winning run on first with Penniman up to bat. The captain laid a perfect bunt down the third base line to advance pinch-runner Cooper Foard to second base. Freshman Drew Littwin flied out to put a second out on the board with junior Aaron Wong at the plate. The stage was set for Wong. Two outs and a runner in scoring position. The junior fell behind 0-1 in the count after a foul ball. On the second pitch, he smacked a single to right center to bring Foard sliding home and send the Panthers into a dogpile with a walk-off Super Regional title.