LEWISTON, Idaho – Reigning Avista NAIA World Series champion Southeastern of Florida used 17 hits Saturday to race past Freed-Hardeman 10-2 and keep alive its chances of a repeat in the 2019 event at Lewis-Clark State College’s Harris Field.
Mike Taylor Jr. went 4-for-5 and drove in two runs to help send the Fire (52-11) to Monday’s 11:30 a.m. elimination game against the loser of Saturday’s game between Indiana Tech and No. 1 Tennessee Wesleyan. Taylor was backed by three hits each from Manuel Mesa and Noah Strohl. Strohl’s hits led to three RBI, a total matched by Ivan Nunez, who had two hits.
Keven Long gave up just four hits and struck out eight in allowing one earned run in pitching all but the last out of the game.
Both teams scored in the first and third innings with Southeastern taking the lead with a one-run four. The Fire added four runs in the seventh to take charge and put up two more in the eighth and one in the ninth.
Freed-Hardeman wraps up the season with a 47-17 record.