MASON, Ohio — After a great start to the 2013 NCCAA World
Series, head coach Todd Reid and the Olivet Nazarene University Tigers had a
quick turnaround for game two. On Wednesday evening, May 15, Olivet took on No. 2-seeded
Campbellsville University (Ky.), looking to start 2-0 in pool play. However, the
higher-seeded team won 3-2, as the Tigers only managed three hits and had two
Senior Ben Heller (Whitewater,
Wis.) (8-4) took the mound for the Tigers (33-20). He went six innings and
allowed three runs — two earned — off four hits, while striking out five. Paul Griffin (Pekin, Ill.) and Kevin Lasowski (Schererville, Ind.)
came in relief and pitched the final inning.
For Campbellsville (37-19), Bret DeRooy (4-6) pitched a
complete game allowing two runs — one earned — off three hits while striking
In the top of the first inning, Campbellsville took an early
1-0 lead. They used an error and a single by Keaton Neeb to get things going.
Eventually a groundout by Carlos Torres scored Tanner Nielsen. Through the next three innings, both teams only
managed two hits, and the game remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fourth. After
back-to-back singles by Matt Davenport
(Swayzee, Ind.) and Ryan Kern
(Bloomington, Ill.), they put on a double steal after the next batter that
allowed Kern to tie the game. In the top of the fifth, a balk by Campbellsville's Heller allowed Shane Woodson to score. Then, a groundout by Bush gave Nielsen
the opportunity to score for a second time. ONU responded with a run in the
bottom of the inning. Justin Fahy
(Fargo, N.D.) and Dan Schneider (West
Salem, Wis.) both reached on errors, and Fahy eventually scored on the ball
Schneider hit to make it 3-2. ONU had a chance in the bottom of the seventh to
tie the game with a runner on third, but with two outs, grounded out to end the game.
For the Tigers, Justin Fahy went 1-for-4 with one run, and
Ryan Kern had a hit and scored a run. Matt Davenport had the only other hit for
For Campbellsville, Tanner Neilsen scored two runs, and both Michael Bush and Carlos Torres ended up with a RBI. Shane Woodson scored
the other run for the Tigers, while four others had hits on the day.
The Tigers continue pool play at 11 a.m. (EST) against No. 7-seeded
Emmanuel College (Ga.).