No. 9 Faulkner (Ala.) pulls first upset of the World Series

2022 NAIA Avista-NAIA World Series – Game Five Recap

No. 9 Faulkner (Ala.) pulls first upset of the World Series


No. 7 Faulkner (39-15) def. No. 2 Tennessee Wesleyan (54-7), 7-4 | Box Score


Faulkner advances to play Monday at 8:30 p.m. CST in Game 12 against No. 3 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)


Tennessee Wesleyan will play in Game 10 (elimination) against the winner of No. 9 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) and No. 5 Bellevue (Neb.) on Monday at 1:30 p.m. CST



Coming off playing just under five hours earlier, the Eagles matched up against a team who had yet to play in the tournament
Faulkner is the third team in the modern era to win two games in one day – Cumberland (Tenn.) in 2010 and Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) in 1992
Playing earlier may have been a factor in Faulkner jumping out to a 2-0 lead in second inning
The game saw no scores until Faulkner’s Kevin Saenz blasted a three run shot to right center
Tennessee Wesleyan woke up in the bottom of the fifth off a two-RBI homer from Zach Hogueisso and then a double down the line by Carson Ford
After getting within striking distance, the Bulldogs’ Liam Doolan walked a batter with the bases loaded to make it a 6-3 score
TWU minimized the damage as it ended the inning with three runners still on the base paths
Facing a three run deficit and six outs to overcome, the Bulldogs wasted no time as Livian Reinoso swung at the first pitch he saw and lofted it into the left field bleachers
Runners at first and second with two outs away in the eighth, Brayan Garcia ended the inning with a strikeout
Recording two quick outs in the top of the ninth, momentum seemed to be favoring TWU
Jordan Funk launched a solo shot amidst his 3-3 outing to go along with two runs and RBI
The tying run was at the plate with an out punched in the ninth after consecutive singles by Jermayne Ward and Cayle Webster
Pop fly and strike out were the final two outs for the Bulldogs off the arm of Garcia
J.C. Toro (W, 6-2) went 6.1 for the Eagles; Kobe Foster (L, 13-1) suffers his first loss this year
Parker Stinnett and Reinoso had four of TWU’s eight hits
Saenz may have only been 1-4 but his three runs homer gave the Eagles a commanding 5-0 lead