The No. 17-ranked Concordia Eagles opened their third-straight trip to the NAIA Opening Round with a 4-1 win over No. 22 Lindsey Wilson (KY) on Thursday afternoon, May 9, on the campus of Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach, FL at Sliwa Stadium.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially announced the seeds and site selections for the 2013 NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round. Each of the nine locations will feature a five-team double-elimination tournament May 9 – 13.
Opening Round champions will join host Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) at the 57th annual Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series at Harris Field in Lewiston, Idaho, May 24 – 31.
NAIA OPENING ROUND
The No. 17 Concordia Eagles qualified for their third-straight and third appearance in school history in the NAIA Opening Round. Concordia is the No. 2 seed in the Daytona Beach Bracket hosted by Embry-Riddle.
On Thursday, Concordia junior starter Andrew Brooks got his second start in a week, and was outstanding again. He went eight and third innings, allowing nine hits and only one run. He struck out five, walked none, and improved to 3-2 on the year. Leadoff man Ty Holm had two hits, one RBI, and scored twice. Ryan DiMascio hit his 16th double of the year, and added a single as well. Catcher Chris Kuber had two hits and Cody Smith led with two RBI. Concordia scored four runs on 10 hits, leaving only six men on base. Blake Harrison finished the game, allowing one hit, earning his third save in 2013. Harrison and Brooks stranded 10 Lindsey Wilson runners. Concordia stole three bases, while the Blue Raiders took none.
Ty Holm was hit by a pitch on the first pitch of the bottom of the first and went to second on Chris Kuber's single up the middle. A wild pitch moved both runners and Cody Smith hit a sac fly to right center to score the first run of the game. Two groundouts ended the threat. Brooks worked around a one-out single forcing two fly outs to escape the top of the second.
Concordia went 1-2-3 in the bottom half and Brooks held a leadoff single by forcing a fly out and two groundouts in the third. Holm singled through the four hole with one out in the third and Kuber followed by dumping a single into right center. Smith singled through the four hole and Holm came around to score making it 2-0. A pop out and failed steal attempt ended the inning. A leadoff double, single, and hit batsmen loaded the bases with one out for Lindsey Wilson in the fourth. A groundout made it 2-1 and a line out to left field ended the threat.
Neither team threatened over the next inning, but Justin Hodges laid down a bunt single in the bottom of the fifth, and went to third on a throwing error. Palmer followed with a single to right center to make it 3-1. Palmer worked his way around to third, but was left stranded. The Blue Raiders started the sixth with two singles. Brooks forced a strikeout, fly out, and groundout to escape.
Bryan Garza singled to start the bottom half and DiMascio singled two batters later, but a double play ended the inning. Brooks moved quickly through the seventh and Palmer reached on a walk with one out in the bottom of seven. He went to second on a wild pitch and scored on Holm's single to right center. Concordia left runners on second and third.
Brooks stranded a two-out double in the eighth and Concordia wasted a double in the bottom half. Lindsey Wilson hit a one-out single in the ninth, chasing Brooks. Harrison forced a pop out to catcher, a single, and then the game ended as shortstop Matt Palmer handled the short hop and Garza made the dig at first base.
Concordia improved to 5-2 all-time in the Opening Round and advanced to play the winner of No. 5 Embry-Riddle/Ave Maria tomorrow at 11 am PST at Sliwa Stadium. The Eagles are now 35-19 on the year, while Lindsey Wilson dropped to 42-18.
Tournament Schedule (ALL TIMES PST)
Thursday, May 9
No. 4 Ave Maria (Fla.) (37-19) vs. No. 5 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) (38-17), 7 am
No. 2 Concordia (Calif.) (34-19) vs. No. 3 Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (42-17), 11 am
Winner of Game 1 vs. No. 1 Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (45-13), 3 pm
Friday, May 10
Loser of Game 1 vs. Loser of Game 2, 7 am
Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 2, 11 am
Winner of Game 4 vs. Loser of Game 3, 3 pm
Saturday, May 11
Loser of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6, 11 am
Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 7, 3 pm
Monday, May 13
If Necessary Championship Game, TBD