William Carey Walks Off Science & Arts, 6-5

LEWISTON, Idaho – (Box Score) No. 9 William Carey (Miss.) scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth to eliminate No. 7 Science & Arts (Okla.), 6-5, in elimination bracket play at the 2017 Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series at Harris Field.The Crusaders were relatively quiet offensively up until the ninth when a walk and pair of singles loaded the bases with one out. Back-to-back bases loaded walks to Tyler Graves and James Land narrowed the Science & Arts’ lead to 5-4, while keeping the bases loaded for Tyler Odom – arguably the hottest hitter for William Carey at this year’s World Series.

The senior from Hattiesburg, Miss., shot a grounder up the middle that had the potential of ending the game via a double play. However, Odom’s hustle out of the box forced a wild throw that slid under the outstretched first baseman’s glove to allow Garrett Shano – the courtesy runner for Graves – to score the winning run and keep William Carey’s title hopes alive.

With the win, the Crusaders advance to play the loser of No. 6 Missouri Baptist-No. 2 Faulkner (Ala.) tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. PDT. William Carey is now 44-19 on the year and 6-4 all-time at the event.

Relief pitcher Braden Smith earned the win for William Carey, tossing 7.1 innings of scoreless relief to improve to 7-3 on the season.

William Carey opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning when an errant throw on a potential double-play plated Christian Smith. Odom loaded the bases with a single, however Drover starter Carson Corff surrendered the next two hitters to keep the game at 1-0.

Science & Arts took its first lead, 5-1, in the top of the second when back-to-back walks and a single loaded the bases with one out. Henry Rodriguez, Alexander Cortes and Frankely Gonzalez each drove in one run on a fielder’s choice, single and double, respectively. The RBI were the first at the World Series for Cortes and Gonzalez.

The final two runs of the stanza were scored on a bases clearing double down the left field line by Christian Perez. Similar to Cortes and Gonzalez, Perez entered the contest without an RBI at this year’s World Series.

The five run frame ties the 2017 World Series single-game high for most runs scored in an inning, which was originally set by the Drovers on Saturday against Oklahoma Wesleyan.

William Carey made it 5-2 in the bottom of the third when Graves blasted his seventh home run of the season and second at the World Series.

Christian Smith and Graves each had three hits in the contest, while Odom ended the day 2-for-5.

Corff took a no-decision in the game, allowing five runs and 10 hits over the course of 8.1 innings of work. Drovers’ closer Carlos Pimental (4-5) took the loss.

Two days after earning the club’s first-ever win at the World Series, Science & Arts ends its season with a 45-17 record. The Drovers, who were appearing in the event for the second time in program history, are now 1-4 all-time at the World Series.

Stars shine bright in 8-3 win over Crusaders

LEWISTON, Idaho – (Box Score) Oklahoma City’s Jared Baker drove in five runs to help the top seed Stars kick off action with an 8-3 win over No. 9 seed William Carey (Miss.) Saturday night at the 61st annual Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series at Harris Field.

The senior outfielder showed why he was the Sooner Athletic Conference’s Player of the Year as he went 3-of-5 at the plate with two doubles to drive in five of the Stars’ first six runs. Baker, who hit .405 during the season, upped his RBI total to 90 on the season, which ranks him second in the NAIA.

Baker struck out his first time up but then drove in runs on his next three at bats.

“I’m always learning,” Baker said. “I try to take every at bat and learn from it. I just got good pitches to hit tonight.”

Oklahoma City had plenty of baserunners early but it seemed it was only Baker who could get the key hit as the Stars stranded 11 on base.

“Honestly it’s just the hard work and dedication every day,” Baker said of his clutch hitting this season. “My teammates have my back every day. They motivate me to strive to be good.”

Matt Young, a junior right-hander, also was good on Saturday night. He threw 161 pitches in a complete game seven-hitter for the Stars. He struck out six and walked five in the contest.

The Stars, 49-8 overall, will face No 5 seed and host Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), 36-13, in Monday night’s late game at 6:30 p.m. in winner’s bracket play. William Carey, 43-19, will play at 8:30 a.m. Monday against No. 7 seed Science & Arts (Okla.) in a loser-out game.

William Carey took the lead at 2-0 in the second inning. Tyler Odom hit a single through the hole at shortstop and Cody Christian followed with a home run to deep right field. It was his second home run of the season.

Oklahoma City got its first run in the top of the third when an error, a walk and a single loaded the bases with one out. Baker then singled to right to bring in the run, but William Carey starter Connor McWilliams got out of the jam with a pop up and a ground out.

William Carey made it 3-1 in the bottom of the third when Tyler Graves hit his sixth home run of the season, a solo shot to left-center field.

Oklahoma City battled back in the top of the fourth. A one out walk started the rally and despite striking out, Jerame Littell reached base on a wild pitch, which put runners on first and third. Lane Milligan then singled up the middle to score a run and then a misplayed grounder again loaded the bases for the Stars for the second straight inning with one out. This time, however, the Stars took advantage as Baker cleared the bases with a double to left-center field. The hit put OCU ahead 5-3.

Baker added to his RBI total in the sixth inning. Joe Lytle singled up the middle with two outs and scored on Baker’s double down the right-field line. That hit ended the night for McWilliams.

The Stars were able to put the game away in the eighth with two runs on three hits and an error. Baker nearly had another RBI in the eighth, but Milligan was thrown out at home trying to score on a grounder to second. Shaun Corso did single in a run in the eighth and Cory Linn added an RBI double.

Oklahoma City, which is seeking its second NAIA baseball title in its 15th year at the Series, had two hits apiece from Milligan, Lytle and Corso.

William Carey, which is making its first Series appearance since 1978, had two hits and two RBI from Christian.

McWilliams wound up taking the loss to fall to 7-2 on the season.

Eagles Soar Past Mustangs, 13-5

LEWISTON, Idaho – (Box Score) In arguably the most dominant offensive showing of the event so far, No. 2 Faulkner slugged to a 13-5 win over No. 10 The Master’s (Calif.) Saturday afternoon at the 2017 Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series.The Eagles scored at two-or-more runs in five of eight innings, including a four-run fifth frame. The club also tallied 14 hits, which is one shy of tying Hope International (Calif.) for the most in a single-game this season at the World Series.

With the win, Faulkner improves to 14-8 all-time at the World Series and advances to play No. 6 Missouri Baptist at 3 p.m. PDT on Monday. The Eagles are now 51-10 on the year, which ties the squad with Bellevue (Neb.) and Oklahoma Wesleyan for the most victories in the NAIA this season. Faulkner has won 50-or-more games each of the last five seasons.

Paolo Montezuma was the offensive star for Faulkner. The Caracas, Venezuela, native ended the contest 2-for-4 at the dish – both home runs – with five RBI and two runs scored.

Faulkner, which is seeking its second national title, took an early 2-0 lead when junior left fielder Reid Long doubled down the left field line to score John Price and T.J. Condon in the bottom of the first. The Marianna, Fla., native now has 14 doubles on the season.

Another double in the second inning – this time by third baseman Tra’mayne Holmes – followed by a single from John Price extended the Faulkner lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the second. Both hits came with two outs in the inning

The Faulkner slugfest continued into the third inning, but this time it was the long-ball, as Paolo Montezuma blasted a three-run home run over the left-center field fence. Montezuma’s home run was his 12th of the year and pushed the Eagles’ lead to 7-0 through three innings.

Jonah Jarrard extended his hitting streak to 16-straight games with a double to open the fourth inning for The Master’s. Three pitches later, the Mustangs were on the board as Michael Sexton singled to center field to score courtesy runner Ricky Sottile from second base.

The Master’s added another run in the stanza on a Dalton Devries fielder’s choice that scored Sexton to cut the Faulkner lead to 7-2. The two runs snapped Faulkner’s starting pitcher Ivan Pelaez’s 13.1 scoreless inning streak.

Faulkner added another four runs in the fifth to push its advantage to 11-2. Holmes highlighted the inning with a two-run triple – his second extra base hit on the game.

David Sheaffer attempted to start a Mustang rally in the top of the sixth with a solo home run, however a two-run home run by Montezuma in the bottom half quickly erased any momentum for The Master’s. Through six, Faulkner held a 13-3 lead.

The Mustangs added two runs in the top of the eighth, but failed to get closer.

Pelaez claimed the win for Faulkner to improve to 10-3 on the season.

The loss drops The Master’s to 40-22 on the season and 5-7 all-time at the World Series. The Mustangs drop into the elimination bracket and play No. 4 Keiser (Fla.) at 11:30 a.m. on Monday.

Keiser Eliminates Hope International, 8-5

LEWISTON, Idaho – (Box Score) Keiser (Fla.) claimed victory over Hope International (Calif.), 8-5, in the battle of newcomers at the 2017 Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series. The 61st annual event is taking place at Harris Field.Keiser, which is making its first-ever trip to the World Series, improves to 43-20 on the year and is now 1-1 at the World Series. The Seahawks advance to play the loser of No. 2 Faulkner (Ala.) and No. 10 The Master’s (Calif.) Monday at 11:30 a.m. PDT. Keiser is the first higher seeded team to win at this year’s tournament.

The Seahawks, which entered the World Series hitting .300 as a team, flexed their offensive muscle, recording 14 hits. With the performance, Keiser has now recorded double-digit hits in four of its last five games. Five of the Seahawks hits were for extra bases.

Two-time All-American Keivan Berges led the offensive charge for Keiser, as the senior finished the game 3-for-5 with two RBI and one run scored. Brad Myott also tallied three hits, two RBI and one run scored.

Berges also claimed the win for Keiser, striking out seven and walking only two over 8.2 innings. Jeremy Graf struck out the only batter he faced en route to his fifth save of the season.

The team clubs played to a 1-1 scoreline before Keiser broke the game open with a three-run bottom of the third to make it 4-1 in favor of the Seahawks. Gabby Mundo set the table in the inning with his third triple of the season. The Miami, Fla., native scored one pitch later on a ground out by Berges.

A two-out single by Myott, followed by back-to-back doubles by Jack Curtis and Carlos Pena led to the remainder of the scoring.

Keiser added runs in the fourth and the fifth to en route to a 6-1 lead after five innings.

A Brett Thompson double and Brandon Gonzalez two-run home run in the top of the sixth narrowed the deficit to 6-3 for the Royals. The home run is the 12th of the season and second of the World Series for Gonzalez.

The Seahawks added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh, including a solo home run by Berges – his 13th of the year.

Hope International’s Jose Tejeda hit a solo shot of his own in the top of the eighth, and the Royals added another in the ninth to cut the Seahawks’ lead to 8-5. Hope International brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the ninth, but failed to score.

Hope International ends the year with a 35-18 record. The Royals, who are in only their second year as a varsity program, was appearing in the World Series for the first time in program history.

Science & Arts Earns First-Ever World Series Win

LEWISTON, Idaho – (Box Score) The trend of victories by lower seeds continued into the second day of the 2017 Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series, as No. 7 Science & Arts (Okla.) defeated No. 3 Oklahoma Wesleyan, 8-2, Saturday morning at Harris Field.

The win is the first-ever at the World Series for the Drovers, who are appearing in the event for the second time. Science & Arts jumps to 45-16 on the season and advance to face the loser of No. 1 Oklahoma City and No. 9 William Carey (Miss.) Monday at 8:30 a.m. PDT.

Science & Arts jumped on the board early when Randy Ventura singled to center in the bottom of the first to score Frankely Gonzalez from second. The rally continued when Dillon White, who entered the World Series as the Drovers’ leader in home runs and RBI, lifted a two-run home run over the left-center field fence to push the advantage to 3-0.

The Drovers made it 8-0 with a five-run, five-hit sixth inning. Kenniel Rivera had the highlight play of the frame, shooting a two-run, bases loaded double down the left field line. Back-to-back RBI singles by Hayden Sloane and Henry Rodriguez also played a key role in the rally.

Oklahoma Wesleyan made some noise in top of the ninth inning to cut the deficit to 8-2 on back-to-back home runs by Hunter Henry and Will Price. Both long-balls came on the first pitch of the at-bat. This is the first time that back-to-back home runs have been hit at the World Series since Jake Stone, Taylor Oldham and Jordan Guida of Tennessee Wesleyan hit three-straight in 2012.

White and Rivera led Science & Arts with two RBI each, while Rivera and Ventura were the lone multi-hit performers. In total, the Drovers had seven different hitters record at least one hit.

Jose Hidalgo (10-1) had a tremendous outing for Science & Arts en route to his 10th victory of the season. The San Diego, Calif., native scattered six hits and two runs over the course of 8.2 innings. Hidalgo tallied 11 strikeouts, which is one shy of tying a season-high.

Oklahoma Wesleyan, which entered the World Series, as one of the top hitting teams in the NAIA, was held to two runs-or-less for only the fourth time this season. The Eagles ended the day with six total hits – two from third baseman Trevor Achenbach – which snaps the team’s streak of 20-straight games with at least eight hits.

Oklahoma Wesleyan ends the year with a 51-12 record – the club’s first 50-win season since recording 58 victories in 2014. The Eagles, who were making their second all-time appearance at the event, fall to 3-4 all-time at the World Series.